November Performances: Holiday Shows, Entertaining Musicals for Children

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Alexandra Finazzo (Mrs. Claus) and Alex Reynolds (Santa Claus) of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical," perform in Raleigh.

Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra Presents “First Things First: Composers in Their Twenties Forge Their Own Paths”

Nov. 1 – The program features Debussy’s “Petite Suite,” Michael-Thomas Foumai’s “Music In The High Castle” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 1.”  $10/adult, $5/student. Free for ages 11 and younger. Purchase tickets online. 4-5:30 p.m. Stewart Theatre, 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh. 919-696-2067.


“The Glass Menagerie”

Nov. 6-15 – Bartlett Theater delivers a compelling production of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece. PSI Theater, 120 Morris St., Durham. $25/adult, $15/student. See website for show times and to purchase tickets. 919-808-2203.


“A Year with Frog and Toad”

Nov. 6-22 – Follow the adventures of worrywart toad and a perky frog in an entertaining musical as they plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. $17/adult, $11 ages 12 and younger. See website for show times and to purchase tickets. Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh.


Expressions in Rhythm Studio: “Fall Performance Showcase”

Nov. 7 – Expressions in Rhythm Studio performs African dance, ballet, contemporary dance, creative movement, Djembe drumming, hip-hop, jazz and more for the whole family. $7.50. Purchase tickets online; tickets will not be sold at the door. 5-6 p.m.  Meymandi Theatre at the Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh. 919-615-3088.


Infinity Ballet Theatre Presents “Storybook Dances”

Nov. 7 – Students from Infinity Ballet Theatre perform dances based on storybooks. $6/person. 2 p.m., 4 p.m. Purchase tickets online. Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex.


Marvelous Music Family Series: “Kid Power's Operation Lunch Line 3D”

Nov. 7 – Join Kid Power on an amazing journey inside the human body in this highly interactive musical, designed to help children in grades K-6 learn the value of good nutrition and exercise. Using visual effects in 3D, the journey begins inside the body of Max, a young boy who feels lousy because he doesn't eat well or exercise properly. $8/person. Purchase tickets online. 3-4:30 p.m. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. 919-462-2055.


“The Wild Kratts LIVE!”

Nov. 8 – See the animated Kratt Brothers confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal facts, Martin and Chris rescue a favorite invention from the villain’s clutches so the animals of the world can be safe again. $33-$45. Purchase tickets online. 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham.


VeggieTales Live: “Little Kids Do Big Things Tour

Nov. 13 – Join the VeggieTales crew in a musical review that celebrates help and faith. The show features live performances of song favorites like “The Hairbrush Song” and “I Love My Lips,” as well as others that inspire like “Big Things Too.”  Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 6 p.m. $23-$75.


"The Music Man"
Nov. 12-15 – This production heralds William Peace University's first staging of a golden-age musical. The cast is made up of the school's theater students and local children. $15/adult, $5/teen. See website for show times. Kenan Auditorium, William Peace University, 15 E. Peace St., Raleigh.


“Peter and The Starcatcher”

Nov. 18-Dec. 12 – The holiday treat for the whole family features an apprentice starcatcher and an orphan boy who take to the high seas in a whimsical and hilarious story of “The Boy Who Never Grew Up.” $15 and up. Purchase tickets online. See website for show times. Paul Green Theatre, 150 Country Club Rd., Chapel Hill.


Carolina Youth Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker”

Nov. 21 – Students from Triangle Academy of Dance perform the holiday ballet featuring a magical Christmas tree, dueling soldiers and mice, falling snow and Clara’s enchanting trip to the Kingdom of Sweets. All ages. $12-$27. Purchase tickets online. Noon, 5 p.m. Fletcher Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.


QDR Country for Kids Concert

Nov 21 – Jason Michael Carroll, Mickey Guyton, Maddie and Tae, and Big and Rich perform in a benefit concert. $25 and up. Purchase tickets online. 7 p.m. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham.


"A Frozen Journey"
Nov. 25 – Take the family for a one-hour musical performance featuring selections from "The Polar Express" and "Frozen." Arrive early for the popular Instrument Zoo. Dress as a favorite "Frozen" character or wear your pajamas. $23. Purchase tickets online. 3 p.m. Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.


“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical”

Nov. 27-Dec. 30 – Celebrate Rudolph’s 50 years on television and see favorite characters from the Christmas special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, the Misfit Toys and Rudolph as they come to life in an all-new musical. See website for show times. $22-$54. Fletcher Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.


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