Live productions are a great way to introduce your children to the arts. Musicals, plays, live concerts and puppetry are just a few things that await your kids in a theater. Below are only a handful of the awesome stage shows and plays happening in and around Pittsburgh after July, and they are listed in order of fun to super awesome.
“The Truly Remarkable Puss-in-Boots”
Apple Hill Playhouse
275 Manor Road
Delmont, PA 15626
Date: Aug 4-6 and 11-13, 2014
Everyone’s favorite darling and daring kitty cat from “Shrek” will delight your children as he struts his arrogant way (and then bats those charming, big kitty eyes) through a series of misadventures to educate his young master in the realms of power, infamy and also impart a lesson or two about the ladies. Puss-In-Boots also comes in close quarters with a suspicious-looking ogre that everyone in the family will recognize.
“The Princess and the Pea”
South Park Theater
Brownsville Road & Corrigan Drive
South Park Township, PA 15129
Date: July 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
A fun stage play with a great story, “The Princess and the Pea” depicts Hans Christian Andersen’s original children’s classic with a modern twist. If you’re not familiar, a king and queen wish to marry their handsome son off to a princess. In order to find a lady of royal blood, they must first put her through a test. When a young woman shows up one rainy evening at their door, claiming to be of noble birth, the queen puts her to bed – but no ordinary bed. The queen places a small, hard pea underneath a pile of 20 mattresses. When the young lady awakens, complaining of the “worst night’s sleep” she’s ever had, the royal family knows they’ve found their princess. Who else but a princess would feel a tiny pea underneath all of that padding?
“Walking with Dinosaurs”
Consol Energy Center
1001 5th Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Date: July 30 – Aug. 3, 2014
When designers and scientists team up to make a dinosaur come to life, the results are spectacular. Over 20 life-sized behemoths of the Stone Age erupt on stage to thrill and amaze your little guys. A $20,000,000 production makes this the largest-ever touring science exhibit to cross the United States. Take the entire family (children two and under are free) for an event you will cherish for a very long time.
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803 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Date: Nov. 25-30, 2014
Jack, the street urchin that everyone rooted for in the Disney original (played by Christian Bale in his first screen role), comes to life on the stage for the first time in Pittsburgh. The original score, including the heart-pumping songs “King of New York,” “Santa Fe” and also the knock-your-socks-off power ballad “Seize the Day,” will be performed while an award-winning cast dances, flips and shouts your ears off. Your kids will be jumping out of their seats as the Newsies overcome the evil newspaper giants Pulitzer and Hearst while getting a few side prats, pitfalls and jokes in. A show not to be missed, this could be a fun tie-in for your kids this summer. Rent “Newsies” on DVD and have the family compare the two performances: who owns the title of better performance?
803 Liberty Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Date: Oct. 28 – Nov. 2, 2014
Haven’t yet introduced your children to the world’s most beloved orphan, little mop top Annie, and her precious dog, Sandy? Run, don’t walk, straight to the Benedum to enjoy all of the “Annie” original songs like “Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street” and “Tomorrow.” For some extra fun, take your kids to see “Annie” when it hits theaters this summer, and then return to see its appearance on stage.
Nikki Tiani-Moroney is a full time mum of two boys, wife of a professional poker player/photographer/amateur pencil-sharpening competitor and writer from Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn’t studiously neglecting her housework in favor of a good book, she’s out simultaneously fighting crime and picking up sidewalk litter while savoring an occasional cigarette. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.