May 2016 Performances in Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill
Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Symphony
From "Lyle the Crocodile" in Cary to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Raleigh and "Playing for Peace" in Chapel Hill, Triangle stages are featuring a variety of shows for kids of every age.
Carolina Ballet Presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
May 12-15 – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. Carolina Ballet’s season-long tribute to William Shakespeare culminates with George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” set to Felix Mendelssohn’s beautiful score. Shakespeare’s beloved comedy is full of wonderful characters and twists of fate. carolinaballet.com/program/a-midsummer-nights-dream.
“Lyle the Crocodile”
May 13-15 – Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. 7:30 p.m. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. Lyle the friendly crocodile turns up in a New York City apartment bathtub and becomes instant friends with everyone, except mean Mr. Grumps, who dislikes Lyle, parades, people and pretty much everything. Mr. Grumps learns not to judge others by how different they may seem, but instead to love people (and crocodiles) for what they are. etix.com.
Illustration of Lyle the Crocodile by Bernard Waber (The musical "Lyle the Crocodile" is based on Waber’s books, "Lyle, Lyle Crocodile" and "The House on East 88th Street."
Bynum General Store Storytelling
May 14 – Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Rd., Pittsboro. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. 919-444-9535. Enjoy family-friendly storytelling. Ages 8 and older. Refreshments provided. cynthiaraxter.blogspot.com.
Playing for Peace
May 14 – The Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist, 106 Purefoy Rd., Chapel Hill. $10. 919-590-0778. Enjoy a benefit concert for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Children and teens can take part in a social justice and arts workshop at 2:30 p.m.; all ages can enjoy a cross-cultural performance from 4-6 p.m. featuring guest artists from Duke University’s Ciompi Quartet, young local violin students and others. Sponsored by the Standing on the Side of Love committee at the church. Purchase tickets online at c3huu.org/standing-on-the-side-of-love-concerts.html by making a suggested donation of $10 for each event or $15 for both for the performance and workshop. Free for children ages 4 and younger. Learn more at soundmindcenter.org/playing-for-peace.
The Raleigh Ringers in Concert
May 22 – Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 4-6 p.m. $20. 919-996-8711. The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed handbell choir, delivers its spring concert featuring original compositions and unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music. Purchase tickets online. rr.org.
The Heritage Awards — Pinecone
May 25 – Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 8-10 p.m. $27. 919-996-8711. PineCone partners with the N.C. Arts Council to produce a ceremony that includes virtuoso performances and stories of the artists designated as the state’s living cultural treasures. Purchase tickets online. dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/event/theheritageawards-6196.
Best in Show: Arts Extravaganza
May 27 – Emerson Waldorf School, Brown Wing, 6211 New Jericho Rd., Chapel Hill. 5-8 p.m. Free. 919-967-1858. Witness the culmination of the school’s art and music programs through film screenings, performances, paintings, sculptures, poetry readings and more. emersonwaldorf.org.
North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: “Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony”
May 28 –Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 7:30 pm. See website for fees. Celebrate Memorial Weekend with Tchaikovsky’s monumental “5th Symphony” and also hear selections by Wagner and Smetana. Purchase tickets online. Kids 12 and younger are admitted free on the lawn. ncsymphony.org.
“The Two Gentlemen of Verona”
May 28-30 – North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 11 a.m., 3 p.m. May 28 and May 30; 3 p.m. May 29. Free. Enjoy an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s fast-paced romp through love, friendship and betrayal in the museum’s Fletcher Garden. Presented in conjunction with Raleigh’s Bare Theatre. ncmoh-programs.com.