Fairfield's 2016-2017 Performing Arts Season
Experiencing the performing arts together can be a fantastic bonding experience for the entire family. Of course, not every performance is appropriate for everyone. Shows specifically designed for preschoolers will have 'tweens rolling their eyes. More mature subject matter or language isn't appropriate for the little ones, but it can spark wonderful conversations with teenagers. Studies (like this one, this one, and this one) show that taking in performances can make your kids smarter. How young is TOO young? Check out our article Take Your Child to the Theater, which is a handy guide with tips for experiencing the performing arts with kids.
Below, we have this season's listings for all of the performing arts that might be appropriate for a wide variety of ages. In addition to those for the younger set, there are many that aren't necessarily designed with kids in mind but that may engage your older kids and teens. The following descriptions note the ages for which the performance is appropriate, so pay attention. Now go score yourself some tickets and enjoy the arts that abound right in your own backyard!
GypsyMusic Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk, CT - September 9 - 25, 2016
"Curtain up! Light the lights! Ready or not, here comes Mama!" Considered by many to be the greatest American musical, this story of the ultimate stage mother is intimately reimagined in the style of MTC’s acclaimed Cabaret and Evita.
The Bewitchingly Scrumptious and Extraordinary Mister Trick and Mrs. TreatMilford Center for the Arts: October 21 - 30, 2016
This deliciously quirky and kooky new musical spins a fantastical tale of these unlikely neighbors, one who loved to trick and one who loved to treat. A delightfully sweet and visually stunning Halloween experience for the entire family!
The Mixed-Up Fairy TaleWestport Country Playhouse - November 20, 2016
A musical produced by TheatreWorks USA, in which the audience needs to break a spell or Beauty will sleep for 100 years, convince Red Riding Hood to give up her cape, discover the secret under grandma’s bed, climb a beanstalk, and get a gold spoon from a 10-foot-tall giant. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.
The Life and Times of Santa ClausCenter for the Arts, Milford, CT - Dec. 2 - 4, Dec. 9 - 11, Dec. 16 - 18
Where did Santa Claus come from? From the pages of L. Frank Baum’s (The Wizard of Oz) fascinating book comes this new musical telling of the story of Santa Claus. From his humble beginnings in an enchanted forest of mythical creatures to his toy deliveries to all the world’s children, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is a sweeping saga of love, joy and peace and all things Christmas and the must see Holiday event of the season.
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio playMusic Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk, CT - December 9-18, 2016
The holiday classic brought to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. A perfect holiday treat for the entire family!
Nonni Cimino's KitchenCenter for the Arts, Milford, CT - April 21 - May 7
She’ll make you laugh. She’ll make you cry. She’ll make you lasagna. Meet this lovable and sharp-witted grandmother (you can call her Nonni) and her Italian-American family in this hilarious, big-hearted new musical about friends, family and fettuccini.