6 Stage Shows Entertain Kids in April
1. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites”
April 3 – Stewart Theatre, North Carolina State University, 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh. 3 p.m. $12/person. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia delivers a delightful and imaginative black light adaptation of three of Eric Carle’s beloved books: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “Little Cloud” and “The Mixed-Up Chameleon.” Purchase tickets online. live.arts.ncsu.edu/events/current-season/the-very-hungry-caterpillar.
2. “Charlotte’s Web”
April 8-23 – Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh. See website for show times and to purchase tickets. $14/adult, $10 ages 12 and younger. The end of the season could mean that Wilbur the pig ends up as dinner. But with the help of his spider friend Charlotte, they hatch a plan to save him and make it to the county fair. raleighlittletheatre.org/shows/15-16/charlotte.html.
"photo of Charlotte's Web" 20009 show courtesy of Raleigh Little Theatre
3. Carolina Youth Ballet Presents “Cinderella”
April 9 – Fletcher Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. Noon, 3:30 pm. $12-$27. 919-230-8255. Talented dance students present the fairytale ballet, complete with beautiful costumes, backdrops and a magical carriage to transport Cinderella to the ball. All ages. Purchase tickets online. carolinayouthballet.tix.com.
4. Carolina Ballet Presents “Macbeth”
April 14-17 – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. Performances also take place April 30-May 1 at Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham. See website for show times and to purchase tickets. $30-$68. Carolina Ballet performs Shakespeare’s well-known play about the lust for power gone awry. The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle performs the accompanying score. This performance is appropriate for teens and adults. carolinaballet.com/program/macbeth.
Photo courtesy of Carolina Ballet
5. Marvelous Music Family Series: “The Wizard of Oz”
April 15-23 – Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. See website for show times and to purchase tickets. $20/adult, $18/student. Upbeat dance numbers and clever staging highlight the adventures of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Toto in their journey to Oz. etix.com.
6. Durham Symphony Orchestra Spring Side-by-Side Concert
April 23 – Emily K. Center, 904 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham. 3-5 p.m. Free. The Durham Symphony Orchestra delivers a classical music concert in partnership with Kidznotes. Hear Young Artist Competition Winner Deborah Kim, the Kidznotes orchestra and honors musicians from Durham Public Schools. The symphony also premieres a collaboration piece composed by Omar Ruiz-Lopez. All ages. durhamsymphony.org/event/dso-spring-side-by-side.