July 2016 Family Performances in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill
Bert, the chimney sweep in "Mary Poppins" is played by Nicolas Dromard at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.
Photo courtesy of Joan Marcus
July offers a variety of family-friendly entertainment in Cary, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, from a free Independence Day concert to performances by hip-hop dancers and the classic tale of "Mary Poppins."
Independence Day Performance
July 4 – Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. 5:45-9:30 p.m. Free. The Cary Town Band and the North Carolina Symphony deliver patriotic favorites before a fireworks display lights up the evening sky. ncsymphony.org.
“Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
July 8-10 – Fletcher Opera Theater, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. See website for show times and to purchase tickets. Students at the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory and Master Summer Theatre Arts School present the family-friendly musical. nctheatre.com/conservatory.
American Dance Festival Children’s Matinees
July 9 and 23 – Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham. 1-2 p.m. $16. See a modern dance performance specially curated to ignite children’s imaginations. The Children’s Matinee Series presents performances by three of the acclaimed professional dance companies from the season. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performs July 9 and Company Wang Ramirez performs July 23. Enjoy a free kids’ party in the lobby featuring live music, face painting, snacks and other activities after the show. Purchase tickets online. americandancefestival.org/performance/adf-kids-2.
North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: Beach Music
July 9 – Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 7:30 p.m. See website for fees. Beach music legend Jackie Gore is joined by a veteran band with a wide-ranging repertoire. Purchase tickets online. Kids 12 and younger are admitted for free on the lawn. ncsymphony.org.
“Bring It!” Live Tour
July 13 – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 7:30 p.m. $31-$57. See hip-hop dancers from the hit Lifetime series perform their never-before-seen routines. Audience members take part in live voting, enjoy a question-and-answer session with the cast and get behind-the-scenes facts about the show. Purchase tickets online. ticketmaster.com.
“Bat Boy: The Musical”
July 15-24 – Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh. See website for show times and to purchase tickets. $12/person. A half-boy/half-bat creature is discovered in a West Virginia cave. He joins a family and is taught to act like a normal boy. Can he find true love with Shelley, the daughter of the local veterinarian, and will the town ever accept him? raleighlittletheatre.org/shows/16-17/batboy.html.
July 20-31 – Paul Green Theatre, 150 Country Club Rd., Chapel Hill. See website for show times and to purchase tickets. $10/ages 18 and younger, $15/adult. A girl with a disfiguring scar sets out from her home to seek healing and finds her true beauty along the way. Young people shine in this performance showcasing musical styles from country, gospel, bluegrass and honky-tonk rock to Memphis blues. playmakersrep.org/show/violet.
Disney’s & Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins”
July 26-31 – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. See website for show times and to purchase tickets. $25 and up. Everyone’s favorite nanny takes the stage in a musical adventure based on the classic Disney film. nctheatre.com/shows/mary-poppins.