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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Coming Up: Bay Area Theater Productions Fit for Kids

Here's what's happening in children's theater right now.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee just passed away, which makes this a great time to delve into this book. Have the kids read the book, and then get tickets to see it live at the Berkeley Playhouse.

When: April 30-May 22
Where: Berkeley Playhouse, 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley
Tickets: $25-60

Rickshaw Girl
The show is about a daughter in a Bangladesh village, where boys can work for pay, but girls are expected to stay home and help with the cooking and the cleaning. The girl, Naima desperately wants to help her father earn more money, and she thinks she knows just how to do it. Includes theater, dance and music. This is a world premiere, and it's recommended for age 6 and up. The book author will be at the May 22 performances to sign books.

Tickets: $18-22 at Bay Area Children's Theater
When: now through May 1
Where: Children's Creativity Museum Theater, San Francisco

When: May 7-22
Where: Osher Stdio, Berkeley
Elephant and Piggie, photo courtesy of BACT

Elephant and Piggie's We are in a Play
This play based on a Mo Willems book is so popular it already sold out in Berkeley and San Francisco (and the SF performances haven't even started yet). Good news: there are tickets available for the San Ramon performances. What's it about? "Piggie is excited, because she has no idea what is going to happen today—which means that anything is possible. Like skipping. Or ping pong. Or a party invitation! Party invitation?! Good thing Gerald knows how to party!" The characters sing and dance and celebrate friendship. Recommended for all ages.

When: May 7-8
Where: San Ramon, Dougherty Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road.
Tickets: $18-22 at Bay Area Children's Theater

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