Performing Arts Guide: Family

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Twice a year EU compiles all the performing arts events happening in the area and presents them to our readers in an easy to read list. Here we have the Family events that will be on Jacksonville stages from September 2015 to January 2016. We will have a new list in February 2016. We also have listings of Dance, Comedy, Theatre, Opera, Classical Music, and Jazz, Tribute, Revue and other concerts. Make your plans and enjoy the show! 

Beauty and the Beast_Oct 9_ryan_everett_wood_as_beast_and_jillian_butterfield_as_belle_photo_by_matthew_murphyOct 9-11 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST The smash hit Broadway musical is coming to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center! Based on the Academy Award-winning, animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including ‘Be Our Guest’ and the beloved title song. FSCJ Artist Series | Times-Union Center | MORE INFO

Oct 17 ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS LIVE ON STAGE A dynamic mix of music, colorful visuals, magical special effects, and immersive interactivity, Alvin Live is an interactive, live family entertainment experience that encourages energetic audience participation. This music-and-dance-filled show features the Chipmunks and the Chipettes performing pop hits, classics and original songs. At each performance one lucky audience member will join the Chipmunks on stage and play the drums for a number.  Times-Union Center – Moran Theater | FSCJ Artist Series | MORE INFO

Nov 6 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LIVE This show will feature some of the most popular performers from the hit NBC variety competition series, including Season 8 favorite comedian Taylor Williamson, singer Emily West, acrobats the Kristef Brothers and Recycled Percussion. Florida Theatre | MORE INFO

Nov 15 CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG It only takes a little to BE BIG!™ The ‘big red dog,’ a character beloved for generations, comes to life on stage in a BIG way in this interactive musical! Join Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and all their friends from Birdwell Island as they embark on an adventure filled with singing, dancing and more. Share in the timeless values of Clifford’s BIG Ideas: Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be Truthful, Be Kind, Believe In Yourself, Be A Good Friend and Help Others – with this musical experience the whole family will love! Florida Theatre | MORE INFO

Nov 20 VEGGIE TALES LIVE! Veggie Tales Live! Little Kids Do Big Things is a must-see, fun-filled celebration for families and Veggie Tales fans of all ages. This all new production features live performances of Veggie silly song favorites like ‘The Hairbrush Song’ and ‘I Love My Lips’ as well as songs that inspire, such as ‘Big Things Too.’ FSCJ Artist Series | Times-Union Center | MORE INFO

Peking Dreams_Nov 28Nov 28 PEKING DREAMS Direct from Beijing, experience a jaw-dropping spectacle of Chinese circus and acrobatics performed by China’s most revered circus artists! Marvel at the unparalleled grace, agility, flexibility, and athleticism displayed by these highly trained artists in various acts of juggling, contortion, and balance. Enhanced with traditional Chinese music, brightly colored costumes, and elaborate props, this exciting production is sure to be a hit with children and adults alike. Thrasher Horne Center | MORE INFO

Dec 1-6 DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical features the hit songs ‘You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch’ and ‘Welcome Christmas’ (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss) from the original animated series. Max the Dog narrates, as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday-loving Whos. FSCJ Artist Series | Times-Union Center | MORE INFO

Dec 3-19 MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Adapted by the Mountain Community Theater, from the novel by Valentine Davies, Kris Kringle leaves his retirement home to work as Santa for Macy’s Department Store. Is he really Santa, or should he be in a psychiatric hospital? It may take a court decision to convince some people that Santa does exist, but audiences agree that this holiday classic is a story we all want to believe. Amelia Community Theatre | MORE INFO

Dec 3 THE MUSIC OF STAR WARS 9 “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” Get ready for the opening of the highly anticipated new Star Wars movie by reliving the music from the previous six. Hear John Williams’ Oscar-winning score for Star Wars, plus lots of surprises to ensure the ultimate Star Wars experience. Times-Union Center for the Arts

Dec 5 PIXAR IN CONCERT From the Toy Story trilogy to The Incredibles and UP, Pixar has given us some of the most beloved characters in movie history. This visually stunning family show features montages of memorable clips from every one of Pixar’s 14 films, shown in concert with live symphony orchestra. Times-Union Center for the Arts

Dec 10 – Jan 3 THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER Matuza Main Stage, Holiday/Family Preview: Dec 10; No shows: Dec. 24-25; New Year’s Eve Event: Dec. 31 A couple struggles to produce a church Christmas pageant. They must cast the Herdman kids—the most inventively awful kids in history.Limelight Theatre | MORE INFO

Dec 18 KIDZ BOP LIVE Kids are the face and voice of KIDZ BOP, the #1 music brand for kids in the U.S. These talented young performers—Ashlynn, Bredia, Grant, and Matt—sing on the best-selling KIDZ BOP albums, star in national KIDZ BOP TV commercials and music videos, and host KIDZ BOP Radio on SiriusXM Channel 77. For five consecutive years, the KIDZ BOP Kids have been named Billboard Magazine’s “#1 Kids’ Artist.” Florida Theatre | MORE INFO

Mike-Super_Dec-26_webDec 26 MIKE SUPER: MAGIC AND ILLUSION As the winner of NBC’s hit TV show “Phenomenon” and Top finalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” Mike is the only magician in history to win a live magic competition on primetime US network television. He creates a totally interactive magic experience where you won’t just watch the magic; you’ll become part of the magic. You may have a chance to take part in making your dream vehicle appear on stage, which every audience member then has a chance to win. Thrasher Horne Center | MORE INFO

Feb 15-17 WILD KRATTS – LIVE! In this all new theatrical stage show based on the animated television series ”Wild Kratts,” Martin and Chris Krat engage the audience in a classic “Wild Kratts” story. Starting off by sharing some wow facts about animals, as presented via large-screen, multimedia format, the brothers Martin and Chris pull on their Creature Power vests and gloves to begin activating Creature Powers. Florida Theatre | MORE INFO