Triangle Stages Feature Family-Friendly Performances in November

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Take a look at the range of family-friendly stage performances this November across the Triangle.

“Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!”
Nov. 1-17 – It’s holiday time and Junie B’s first-grade classroom is doing lots of fun things to celebrate, but how can Junie B. enjoy the festivities when “Tattletale May” keeps ruining her holiday glee? $13 adults and teens. $9 ages 12 and younger. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1; 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 2-3; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-8; 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 9-10; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14-15; 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 16-17. Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh. 919-821-4579. raleighlittletheatre.org/shows/13-14/junie.html.

“Dora The Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure”
Nov. 1-3 – Dora, Boots and the gang embark on an exciting trip to Treasure Island and navigate over Dancing Mountain and Silly Singing Bridge to confront the Pirate Piggies in this Storybook Theater performance. $20-$57. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1; 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. Nov. 2; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 3. Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com.

“The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale”
Nov. 2-Feb. 24 – Enjoy this “fulldome” planetarium show combining animation and storytelling with live action video of Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s world-class puppets. “The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale” tells the story of a young girl’s quest to save her village and explores the idea that winter is a time for Earth to rest. 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays; 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. $7.50 adults, $6 kids. Morehead Planetarium, 250 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919- 962-1236. moreheadplanetarium.org.

N.C. Symphony’s “Halloween Spooktacular!”
Nov. 2 – Take a spine-tingling trip into favorite spooky stories with music and theater fun. Wear a costume and join the N.C. Symphony on stage for a Halloween parade. $27.25. Show times 1 and 4 p.m. Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 919-733-2750. ncsymphony.org.

Spencers’ “Theatre of Illusion”
Nov. 2 – Husband-and-wife duo Kevin and Cindy Spencer deliver a high-tech stage show that combines drama, comedy, romance and suspense with elaborate stage illusions. All ages. $29-$52. 8 p.m. Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. 919-560-3030. carolinatheatre.org.

“The Tempest”
Nov. 2-Dec. 8 – See Shakespeare’s tale of shipwrecks and magic. Appropriate for ages 12 and older. $15 and up. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2-3, Nov. 6-7, Nov. 9-10, Nov. 14-15, Nov. 19-20, Nov. 29, Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 7; 2 p.m. Nov. 16; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24 and Dec. 8. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Center for Dramatic Art, 150 Country Club Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-7529. playmakersrep.org.

Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap”
Nov. 8-9 and 15-16 – Durham Family Theatre’s young artists are the stars of Agatha Christie’s greatest mystery, which unfolds to its stunning conclusion. Eight strangers are stranded in a snowbound country guesthouse, and one of them is a murderer seeking revenge. Purchase tickets online or at the door. $15 adults, $10 students. 8 p.m. Nov. 8-9 and 15; 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 16. Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 N. Church St., Durham. 919-286-5717. durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com.

“Seussical Jr., the Musical”
Nov. 8-9 – Favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including the Cat in the Hat, the Whos,  Gertrude McFuzz and Horton, spring to life onstage in a family-friendly production performed by young artists. Call for tickets. $10. 7 p.m. Nov. 8; 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9. Journey Church, 3500 Spring Forest Rd., Raleigh. 919-605-9946. raleighact.com.

The Quiet American with Adam Hurt and Beth Hartness
Nov. 8 – Enjoy an evening of old-time string band music. $12 advance tickets, $16 at the door. 8 p.m. The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. 919-929-2787. artscenterlive.org/event/performance/2173.

“Storybook Tales”
Nov. 9-10 – See young ballet dancers from Raleigh Dance Theatre perform “Tea for Ruby” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” Robin Preiss Glass, illustrator of “Tea for Ruby,” signs books purchased through Raleigh Dance Theatre at the Sunday performances. Glass also hosts a tea party Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Marriott City Center Ballroom, 500 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. Combination tickets for the tea party and one of the Sunday performances is $35/person. $12 advance tickets, $15 at the door. 3 p.m. Nov. 9; 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 10. Fletcher Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 919-834-1058. raleighdance.org.

Music of the Carolinas: Arnold Richardson Performs
Nov. 10 – Hear music played on traditional American Indian flutes that Richardson carves himself from cedar to relay the meaning behind centuries-old melodies and rhythms. Presented with PineCone. All ages. Free. 3-4 p.m. N.C. Museum of History, Daniels Auditorium, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-664-8302. ncmuseumofhistory.org.

“Hansel and Gretel”
Nov. 15-16 – Wander the woods with Hansel and Gretel in a musical rendition of this well-known Grimm fairy tale performed by young artists from Raleigh Area Children’s Theatre. Call for tickets. $6 advance tickets, $10 at the door. 7 p.m. Nov. 15; 1 p.m. Nov. 16. Journey Church, 3500 Spring Forest Rd., Raleigh. 919-605-9946. raleighact.com.

The Red Clay Ramblers Perform
Nov. 15 – See the North Carolina-based folk band perform bluegrass, jazz, rock, country and gospel music. $32-$42. 8 p.m. Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. 919-560-3030. carolinatheatre.org.

“The Three Little Pigs” is Cancelled
THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED Nov. 16 – Enjoy Opera Express’ presentation of this familiar story set to excerpts from four Mozart operas. While brother pigs Don Giovanni and Cherubino set off to make homes of sticks and straw, their sister Despina goes to the library to read up on huff-proof, puff-proof home construction. After Wolfgang Bigbad blows down the boys’ flimsy homes, they run to their sister’s sturdy new brick house quite ready to admit that going to the library and reading books is a smart thing to do. $7 youth/members, $9 public, $28/family four-pack. 11 a.m. The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. 919-929-2787, ext. 214. artscenterlive.org.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Performs
Nov. 21 – This renowned orchestra delivers the final performance of The Lost Christmas Eve. $39-$83. 7:30 p.m. PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh. 800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com.

QDR Country for Kids Concert
Nov. 23 – Jason Carroll, Jana Kramer, Thompson Square, Kellie Pickler and other country music stars perform. Proceeds benefit the N.C. Children’s Hospital. $25 and up. 7 p.m. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham. 1-800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com.

“Messiah”
Nov. 27-Dec. 1 – Carolina Ballet’s “Messiah” is an impressive feast for the senses, set to Handel’s magnificent score. An epic tale with deeply ethical roots, “Messiah” recounts the story of Christ and is accompanied by singers from the North Carolina Master Chorale and chamber orchestra musicians. $34-78. 8 p.m. Nov. 27 and 29; 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 30; 2 p.m. Dec. 1. Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 919-719-0900. carolinaballet.com.

“Frosty the Snowman”
Nov. 29-Dec. 24 – Enjoy this heartwarming children’s tale presented by Storybook Theater about a living snowman. $20-$57. See website for show times. Fletcher Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
Dec. 3-8 – The mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday-loving Whos. Narrated by Max the Dog, the show features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the animated TV special. Ages 4 and older. $27-$105. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-5; 8 p.m. Dec. 6; 11 a.m. and 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Dec. 7; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham. 800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com. (Don’t miss our online giveaway contest Nov. 18-22 of four tickets to the Dec. 3 show at 7:30 p.m.)

This article was updated Nov. 13

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