There’s no doubt that Austin is abounding with creative, artistic individuals. Beyond the live music shows that we’re so well-known for, Austin is also home to a thriving performing arts scene. While it make take extra planning and prepping for us busy moms to get a night out at the theatre, it’s such a worthwhile and emotionally satisfying activity. So get out there! Take advantage of our city’s “culture of creativity”. Enjoy some singing, dancing, and storytelling that will move you, entertain you, and inspire you.
Children’s Theatre Roundup for April:
Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat
ZACH’s Kleberg Stage
Sally and her brother are stuck home in the rain, when a Cat comes knocking at the window pane! But the Cat has brought friends, Thing One and Thing Two, who make messes and problems and oh, what to do?! Mischief and mayhem and laughter galore, bring the kids—they’ll clamor for more!
For ages 3 and up
Now through April 26
Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., $14 youth, $16 adult
Sesame Street Live – Make a New Friend
Frank Erwin Center
No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special – so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family!
April 3 – 6
April 3: 7:00 pm, April 4: 10:00 am & 7:00 pm, April 5: 10:30 am, 2:00 pm & 5:30 pm
April 6: 1:00 pm & 4:30 pm, $13 – $65
Stories of Frog and Toad
Austin Scottish Rite Theater
Wake up! It’s Spring! And Frog and Toad are hopping their way into the historic Austin Scottish Rite Theater. This delightful assortment of author Arnold Lobel’s original tales comes alive on the stage in an exclusive Scottish Rite Theater production.
April 6 – April 27
Saturdays 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sundays 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m., Child (2-12), $6, Adult (13 and older), $9
ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage
Step in Geppetto’s workshop in this imaginative retelling of an ageless classic! With puppetry, shadow and illusion, a simple carpenter transforms his workshop into a fantastic quest of a puppet trying to be a real boy. But will the all-too-tempting delights of the outside world be too much for Pinocchio? When Geppetto is swallowed by a whale, it is up to this little puppet to show his courage in this story of love, family and adventure.
For ages 5 and up
April 18 – May 24
Friday, April 18 at 7 p.m. • Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., $14 youth, $16 adult
Tiger Woman Puppet Show
Various Austin Public Library Locations
From the book by Laurence Yep comes a table-top puppet show in the bunraku style, based on a traditional Chinese story. This is the tale of a greedy old woman who will not share her food with a beggar. But when the old man turns out to be a wizard, he teaches her a lesson in generosity.
For ages 5 and up.
Now through April 23
Free! Check dates and times online.
The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White
Kam & James Morris Theatre at TexARTS
The TexARTS Youth Musical Theatre Academy presents this fresh and funny adaptation that will make even the most jaded among us laugh out loud. New characters and comedic twists come to life as a modern mom reads the Brothers Grimm tale to her restless children. With its tongue-in-cheek humor and catchy songs, this family musical is fused with a rousing mixture of hip-hop, rock and roll, doo wop and more! Good for all ages.
April 26 – 27 and May 3 – 4
Shows at 2 and 6 p.m., $15
Austin Theatre Roundup for April:
Penfold Theatre at The Off Center
Penfold Theatre presents this new musical (Texas premier!) by Adam Gwon, directed by Michael McKelvey, in which 20-something and 30-something New Yorkers take different paths toward connection and meaning in their lives. Bonus: Sarah Marie Curry.
Now through April 6
Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $20-25 ($18, students, seniors).
Trinity Street Theatre
Scott McPherson’s dramatic comedy concerns the importance of family, no matter the destructive forces that exist within. Directed by Cathy Jones and Sarah Zeringue for Trinity Street Theatre.
Now through April 13
Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. Donations accepted.
The Drawer Boy
Hyde Park Theatre
“It’s 1972, and two middle-aged Canadian farmers encounter an eager young actor whose theater collective is writing play about farming. One farmer is stern and curmudgeonly; the other’s war injury has cost him his memory.” Michael Healey wrote it; Ken Webster’s directing it; Michael Stuart, Jon Cook, and that same Webster star in it. The last time this play was staged by HPT, it was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows the theatre had ever done.
Now through April 26
Thurs. – Sat. 8pm. $20-22 (with discounts for students, seniors, military, and Austin Creative Alliance members); pay-what-you-wish, Thursdays.
Modern dance made astonishing and percussion that goes beyond thunderdome with every beat. Kinetic mayhem and madness, but perfectly orchestrated to blow your rhythm-loving mind. The eight performers of this award-winning troupe return to Austin to wreak a gorgeous havoc on the Paramount stage, using everything but conventional instruments, and we’re gonna be sitting right there in slackjawed wonder at what miracles of movement they perform.
Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 5 & 9pm; Sun., 3 & 7pm. $55-80.
The Gospel at Colonus
Based on Sophocles’ Oedipus, this musical tells the story of Oedipus’ return home seeking forgiveness, redemption, and transformation – in the context of a gospel church service. It’s an all-new production of the theatrical landmark, directed by Dave Steakley, with vocals by Austin’s most acclaimed singers.
Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25
From the Pig Pile: The Requisite Gesture(s) of Narrow Approach
Salvage Vanguard Theater
An interactive journey across a vast landscape of associate histories, FROM THE PIG PILE features original music, puppetry, dancing, marauding, a Yeahoh sighting and enough champagne for everyone.
Merrily We Roll Along
Mary Moody Northen Theatre at St. Edward’s University
This classic musical comedy charts the turbulent relationship between three friends as they negotiate their personal and professional lives in the entertainment business. Book by George Furth, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Directed for St. Ed’s by Ev Lunning, Jr.
Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. Extra show: Wed., April 9, 7:30pm, $25 ($20, students, seniors, SEU community)
Boyd Vance Theatre at the Carver Museum
This is Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s musical about the lives and motivations of nine men and women who attempted to or were successful in assassinating American Presidents-from Lincoln to Reagan. Directed by Philip Olson for Soubrette Productions.
Thu.-Sun., 10pm, $25 ($20, seniors; $15, students)
The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia
Different Stages at City Theatre
Preston Jones’ comedy features a fraternity of Bradleyville’s “good ole boys,” which meets in the now decrepit Cattleman’s Hotel. The Knights of the White Magnolia has long since lost sight of its espoused concern with patriotism and racial purity and has become an excuse for a handful of cronies to share a game of dominoes and a spot of liquid refreshment. Having dwindled steadily in membership, the lodge has unaccountably found a new recruit from a neighboring town, and his appearance gives the remaining members a chance to resurrect their ancient “mystic” initiation rite. However, in the end the inevitable disillusionment sets in sending the would-be applicant scurrying for home and leaving the others to contemplate the wreckage and loss of still another glory that once was.
April 4 – 27
Thursdays-Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 5pm, No Performance Friday, April 25, Added performance Sunday, April 27 at 3pm, $15-$30
For Fear the Glass May Shatter
Vortex Repertory Company
For Fear the Glass May Shatter, a chamber opera by David DeMaris, explores the science and struggle around Nobel Prize-winning physicist Wolfgang Pauli, whose personal crisis led him to Carl Jung as a patient, friend, and critic. A key figure in nuclear physics from 1920-1958, Pauli was also the anonymous dreamer in Jung’s “Psychology and Alchemy.” The opera recapitulates 20th-century music and features neuro-physics dream music built from oscillating fields and statistical mechanics.
8 pm, Plus 3 nights of Fusebox Festival: April 19 @9 pm, April 20-21 @8 pm, $10-$30
When the ghosts of their past are unleashed, the residents of an exclusive retirement community must come to terms with lost love, triumphs, fears, and the choices that haunt and connect us all. This moving new play by award-winning local playwright Cyndi Williams, reminds us that the most important moments of our lives are often the ones that defy explanation.
April 4 – May 4
Thurs.-Sun., 8 p.m., $15-$30
The Elixir Project
The Elixir Project is a series of free “street opera” performances throughout the city. Everyone is invited! For the second year in a row, Austin Lyric Opera and the UT-Austin Butler Opera Centerare proud to collaborate on this community-wide arts event. Taking place in nine locations across the city, The Elixir Project is an adaptation of the famous Italian opera The Elixir of Love. Each of these performances will be provided to the public free of charge and take place in a wide variety of locations and times.
Apr. 8, 11, 13, and 15
Click for times and locations
In the Heights
B. Iden Payne Theatre, University of Texas
tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.
April 9 – 19
Apr. 9-12, 15-19 at 8pm, Apr. 13 at 7pm, Apr. 12-13, 19 at 2pm, $15 – $25
Moon Over Buffalo
Georgetown Palace Theatre
This madcap comedy was last performed at the Palace in 2006. The Boston Herald calls this play “nothing less than a love letter to live theater.” Charlotte and George Hay are on tour in Buffalo in 1953 with a repertory consisting of Cyrano de Bergerac and Noel Coward’s Private Lives, when they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee.
April 11 – May 4th
Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sun. at 2:00 p.m., $10 – $26
Bass Concert Hall
One of the UK’s foremost dance theater companies, Motionhouse creates startling and passionate dance theater, fusing images, action, and dynamism to surprise, challenge, and delight. Seven dancers perform on an infinity stage where movement and film integrate in a completely new and breathtaking way.
8:00 pm, $28 – $38
Giveaway: Enter below to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to the show on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.!
The Chalk Garden
Sam Bass Community Theatre
A grandmother is desperately seeking a governess for her 16 year old granddaughter, Laurel, who manages to drive away each and every governess so far…with a record of three in one week! When the mysterious Miss Madrigal manages to get the job, Laurel vows to expose her as well. A Tony Award nominee for Best Play. A psychological thriller that explores the secret world of childhood.
April 11 – May 8th
Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2pm, $13 – $20
Austin Theatre Project at Dougherty Arts Center
The clashing sounds and pulsing rhythms of New York City underscore this landmark “concept” show, considered by many to have inaugurated the modern era of musical theatre. Company follows our anti-hero bachelor Robert as he makes his way through a series of encounters with April (the stewardess), Kathy (the girl who’s going to marry someone else), Marta (the “peculiar” one), as well as with his married friends.
April 11 – 27
Thurs. – Sat. at 7:30pm, Sun. at 3pm, $18-$31
Shakespeare at the Market: Much Ado About Nothing
Present Company, in partnership with Whole Foods Market
Much Ado About Nothing to be performed on the rooftop of the downtown Austin flagship Whole Foods Market this spring. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, bring a blanket or short chair, and stop by Whole Foods Market to pick up a picnic tailored for this event. This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.
April 18th – May11, 2014
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings at 7pm
FREE event, but a suggested donation of $10-20 is encouraged for guests who are able to support.
Click to RSVP and reserve your space.
The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer
Long Center’s Rollins Theatre
In a highly imaginative fusion of animation, puppetry, projections, live and recorded music, master storyteller Tim Watts tells the tale of Alvin Sputnik, deep sea explorer, and the search for his lost love in the seemingly endless depths of the ocean. This exquisite multi-award-winning one-man show is a unique and charming performance thatʼs emotional, uplifting, touching and funny – a heart-warming and beautiful experience thatʼs a remarkable pocket masterpiece of invention, staging and performance.
April 29-May 3
Tickets from $18.50
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