Kazoom Children's Theater
Oct. 3-4, 17-18 – Live show featuring puppets, music and
audience participation. Ages 2-7. $5 for ages 1 and up. Cash only. 10 a.m., 11:10 a.m. Kazoom Children's Theater, 431 Peace St., Raleigh. carolinapuppets.com.
44 Plays for 44 Presidents
Oct. 4-7 – A chronological, biographical survey of the lives and presidencies of each of the 44 men who have held the office so far, told in 2-minute plays dedicated to each of the 44 presidencies. $16 adults, $14 students. Oct. 4-6 at 8 p.m.; Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. 919-929-2787 ext. 201. artscenterlive.org.
Legally Blonde: The Musical
Oct. 9-14 – College sweetheart and sorority star Elle Woods doesn't take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone more serious, Elle makes some changes and sets out to Harvard Law School. Based on the hit movie. $20-$85.
Oct. 9-13 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 14 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Raleigh
Memorial Auditorium, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 919-745-3000. ticketmaster.com.
Western Wake County Orchestra Festival
Oct. 11 – Enjoy performances by the string orchestras of Apex High, Cary High, Athens Drive High, Green Hope High, Martin
Middle, West Cary Middle and Davis Drive Middle schools. Hosted by the Green Hope High School Orchestra and featuring guest conductor Dr. Rebecca MacLeod. Free. 7 p.m. Green Hope High School Auditorium, 2400 Carpenter Upchurch Rd., Cary. 919-380-3700. greenhopehigh.wcpss.net.
A Balanchine Celebration
Oct. 11-13, 20-21, 27-28 – George Balanchine, founding artistic director of the New York City Ballet and choreographer, created Who Cares? as an homage to George Gershwin's work. This ballet features Who Cares? and other Balanchine favorites. $28-$66. Oct. 11-12 at 8 p.m.; Oct. 13, 20 and 27 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Oct. 14, 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. Fletcher Theater, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 919-719-0900. carolinaballet.com/balanchine-celebration.html.
Liza and the Riddling Cave
Oct. 12-14 – See the award-winning Appalachian adventure about a girl who lives deep in the caves of mysterious Ice Mountain. Presented by Applause! Cary Youth Theatre. Purchase tickets online. $10 adults, $8 students, $5 ages 5 and under. Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 13 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. etix.com.
Footnotes Tap Ensemble's 10th Anniversary Concert
Oct. 20-21 – Big-band swing music, contemporary jazz and a cappella rhythms for families. $13 adults, $10 students and seniors. Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.; Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. 919-249-1120. footnotestapensemble.org.
The Three B's: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms
Oct. 21 – The Chapel Hill Philharmonia and young area musicians perform a children's classical concert featuring the music
of the three musical giants. This performance also includes an introduction to sections of the orchestra. Families with young children are welcome to attend the open dress rehearsal Oct. 20, 9-11 a.m. Free. 3 p.m. Kenan Music Building, Rehearsal Hall,
UNC-CH campus, Chapel Hill.
Oct. 27 – Take a spine-tingling trip into favorite spooky stories with storyteller Connie Regan-Blake and hear chilling music from Harry Potter, Star Wars and more. Wear a costume and join the N.C. Symphony on stage for a Halloween parade. $27. 1 p.m., 4 p.m. Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 919-733-2750. ncsymphony.org.
Nov. 3-4 – Raleigh Dance Theatre presents a dance performance for all ages based on the tales of Snow White, Rainbow Fish and Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. $12 advance tickets, $15 at the door. Nov. 3 at noon and 4 p.m.; Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. Fletcher Theater, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 919-834-1058. raleighdance.org.
Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble Performs
Nov. 4 – See talented youth perform jazz music. All ages. Free. 3 p.m. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. 919-645-8435. philharmonic-association.org.