Whoville is experiencing a seemingly unstoppable crime wave-and who, oh who will save Christmas? CTC's all-time audience favorite musical brings alive the songs, the story and the Seuss in mega-doses of spirited storytelling and fanciful rhymes. Come boo the most loathed Christmas villain-and woo-hoo! for a beloved holiday tradition guaranteed to grow anyone's heart three sizes.
Take a hilarious hit movie, add in some seriously impressive song-and-dance numbers, and tie a big Broadway bow around it, and you've got the sweet family treat known as Elf the Musical. Fasten your sleigh belts for a fun ride that follows the story of Buddy, who as a little boy mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole, where he's raised as an elf. He grows up unaware that he's an actual human, but his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities eventually force him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy sets off on a journey to New York to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help the city remember the true meaning of Christmas -- and this sparkling holiday show, coming to the stage of St. Paul's Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, will no doubt do the same for you and yours.
A Year With Frog and Toad tells the story of the friendship between two dissimilar pals -- one happy-go-lucky and one not-so-much -- as they adventure through the seasons, performed by young actors. You'll watch with joys as they sled down snowy hills, plant spring flowers, splash in summer swimming holes and makes piles autumn leaves. Along the way, they'll learn to accept one another, warts and all. Adapted from Arnold Lobel's classic kids' books, this Youth Performance Company production at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center is set to a clever, jazzy score and recommended for all ages.
An outlandish holiday favorite, Loyce Houlton's Nutcracker Fantasy remains one of Minnesota's most treasured traditions of the season. The story begins at a Christmas party in 19th-century Nuremberg, and unfolds through the eyes of Marie as her wizardly godfather, Drosselmayer, weaves a magical fantasy. His tale takes her on an extraordinary adventure to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Experience the beautiful choreography of Loyce Houlton danced by Minnesota Dance Theatre company members, guests artists and children of the School, with the brilliant music of Tchaikovsky played by the 44-piece Nutcracker Orchestra and led by Philip Brunelle.
Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now Chicago's golden ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper! Entertainment Weekly raves "Broadway's Big Treat" and NPR exclaims "You'll have a ball!"