Triangle Stages Offer Family-Friendly Performances in May
Guys and Dolls Jr.
May 1-2 – Students at Raleigh Area Children's Theatre perform as colorful legends in musical theater. $10 advance tickets, $15 at the door. 7 p.m. May 1; 2 p.m. May 2. 3500 Spring Forest Rd., Raleigh. raleighact.com.
May 1 – Enjoy a lively musical version of the classic tale about a willful little wooden marionette who runs away from the carpenter, Gepetto, and straight into one fantastic adventure after another. Purchase tickets online. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 and younger. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh. 919-821-3111. raleighlittletheatre.org/shows/13-14/pinocchio.html.
Driving Miss Daisy
May 2-11 – This heart-warming tale explores the unlikely life-changing friendship between elderly southern Jewish Matriarch, Daisy, and her chauffer. The plot explores race relations set in the backdrop of the prejudice, inequality and civil unrest of the American south in the late 1940's. $56 and up. 7:30 p.m. May 2; 2 and 7:30 p.m. May 3-4; 7:30 p.m. May 6-9; 2 and 7:30 p.m. May 10-11. Fletcher Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 1-800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com.
Band Together NC
May 3 – Daryl Hall and John Oates headline this event benefitting Communities In Schools of Wake County and Durham. Purchase tickets online. $49 and up. Gates open at 6 p.m., show begins at 7 p.m. Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, 3801 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh. bandtogethernc.org.
Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid Live!
May 9-11 – Sid, May, Gabriela and Gerald discover the excitement and curiosities of the world. Sid the Science Kid Live! will have the whole family cheering, exploring and dancing – eager to figure out more about the great unknown together. Based on the popular PBS Kids television show produced by The Jim Henson Company. $14-$37. 6:30 p.m. May 9; 11 a.m., 2 p.m. May 10-11. Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. ticketmaster.com.
Three Billy Goats Gruff
May 10 – Young students at Raleigh Area Children's Theatre perform the classic tale. $5. 10:30 a.m. Raleigh ACT, 2411 E. Millbrook Rd., Ste. 112, Raleigh. raleighact.com.
Music of the Carolinas: Cane Creek Cloggers
May 11 – The dance troupe shares, promotes and teaches the enjoyment of old-time clogging, "flatfooting" and buck dancing in the heritage of the American South. All ages. Free. 3-4 p.m. N.C. Museum of History, Daniels Auditorium, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-664-8302. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
May 15-17 – The N.C. Symphony presents the magnificent repertoire from the original 1940 version and Fantasia 2000, including The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and The Nutcracker Suite. As the music is performed, Disney's stunning footage is shown on the big screen. $35 and up. 7:30 p.m. May 15; 8 p.m. May 16; 3 and 8 p.m. May 17. Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. ncsymphony.org.
Sleeping Beauty by Carolina Ballet
May 15-18 – This fresh and thoroughly fiery fairy tale experience is replete with stunning scenery and spectacular costumes. The addition of a massive, stage-filling dragon that the Prince must kill before reaching the sleeping Princess Aurora brings a stunning element of fantasy. $27-$68. 8 p.m. May 15-16; 2 and 8 p.m. May 17; 2 p.m. May 18. Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 919-719-0900. ticketmaster.com.
May 30-June 1 – Enjoy the smash-hit musical that combines ABBA's greatest hits, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," "Super Trouper," "Take A Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All," with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. $48-$116. 8 p.m. May 30; 2 and 8 p.m. May 31; 1 and 6:30 p.m. June 1. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham. 1-800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com.
Video Games Live: Bonus Round
June 4 – The N.C. Symphony performs music from the greatest video games of all time, including MegaMan, Silent Hill 2, Metroid and more. Enjoy new arrangements from Final Fantasy and Warcraft. Purchase tickets online. $39-$85. 7:30 p.m. Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 919-733-2750. ncsymphony.org.