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 July:
The Intergalactic Nemesis
The Long Center
In 2010, the Long Center launched the world’s first Live-Action Graphic Novel, The Intergalactic Nemesis. Since then, the project has toured the world. On September 5, we premiere the third and final installment in the trilogy, but before we do, we’re proud to present the first two installments for those folks who missed them the first time around or who are as excited as we are to catch them again! The year is 1933. Are you ready for the adventure?
— Target Earth plays July 2 and 5 at 8pm
— Robot Planet Rising plays July 3 at 8pm and July 6 at 3pm
Tickets from $29
For ages 7 and up
Peter and the Piper
The Long Center
Peter is a boy who follows his own drummer and enjoys doing his own thing. Peter is definitely not one of those guys who follows the crowd. This is usually no big deal for him. But all of that changes when The Piper comes to down. All the kids are listening to The Piper’s music and loving what they hear. But Peter is not a fan of what he considers the newcomers questionable musical skills. Suddenly Peter finds his friends calling him “lame.” How can Peter stand up to this new pressure to be just like everyone else? Hepp-Galvan’s newest play is both touching and funny and will be enjoyed by audiences ages 5 and older.
Saturdays at 2pm and 4pm, Sundays at 2pm, $11 and up
For ages 5 and up
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Austin Theatre Roundup for July:
The Buddy Holly Story
Georgetown Palace Theatre
On February 3rd, 1959, the man who changed the face of popular music tragically died in a plane crash at age 22. Now, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story tells the story of the three years in which he became the world’s top recording artist with a show that features over 20 of his greatest hits including Peggy Sue, That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy.
Now through August 3rd
Tickets from $24 and up
Psycho Beach Party
The City Theatre
Surf’s up as Psycho Beach Party hangs ten this summer! Playwright, actor, director, drag queen legend, Charles Busch mashes up Gidget beach party surfer films, Hitchcock suspense thrillers, and a little Mommie Dearest into an outrageously campy, gender-bending comedy.
Now through July 13
Thurs. – Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 5:30pm, tickets $10 and up
Silence, The Musical
Salvage Vanguard Theatre
Silence, The Musical is the unofficial parody of the film, The Silence of the Lambs. The original production played off-Broadway for nearly two years with subsequent productions in London and L.A. The Austin Production will the first licensed production since the show closed in New York.Now through July 13
Tickets $12 and up
Different Stages closes its 2013-2014 season with Pygmalion, Shaw’s most popular modern masterpiece, perhaps best known as the inspiration for the musical My Fair Lady. The poor flower-seller Eliza Doolittle is in the right place at the right time, just as speech professor Henry Higgins makes a friendly wager that he can change her accent and pass her off as the epitome of English society. But will she survive Higgins’ bullying?
Now through July 19
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and up.
The Who’s Tommy
The Who’s legendary rock opera explodes with hit songs like “Pinball Wizard,” “See Me” and “I’m Free.” Tommy falls down the rabbit hole into a ZACH-created rock-n-roll landscape where the “deaf, dumb and blind kid” encounters Uncle Ernie the Mad Hatter, his mother the White Queen, Cousin Kevin the Cheshire Cat, the Acid Red Queen, and his doctors Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum. This critically acclaimed, smash hit is a must-see theatrical journey where the entire theatre becomes a giant pinball machine!
July 9 – August 24
Wed. – Sat. at 7:30pm, Sun. at 2:30pm, $25 and up
Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant Oklahoma!
July 11 – August 16
Thursdays – Sundays, approx. 8:30pm, FREE
For details on parking, what’s permitted in the park, etc., click here.
Hyde Park Theatre
From acclaimed Irish playwright Conor McPherson, Port Authority is the interconnected story of three generations: a young man falling for his female roommate; a middle-aged alcoholic in a great job he can’t handle; and a widower who receives a mysterious package.
July 10 – August 9
Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Tickets from $20-22
Chanteuse in Concert
Presented by Austin Civic Players in various locations
“Chanteuse in Concert” is a concert version of the musical “Chanteuse”. The cast of three portrays Johanna Clarke and Darcy Bailey, two college friends from Texas, who are hired as folksingers in 1959, and Sydney Feldman, a coffee house owner and former blacklisted comic, who becomes their manager and father figure. Their careers and friendships diverge during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s.
The “Chanteuse in Concert” Tour presents the musical at various venues in the Austin area. So far we have confirmed Star Co. Coffee House in Round Rock for July 19th, Recycled Reads in Austin for July 20th, Wake the Dead Coffeehouse in San Marcos for July 26th, Green Man Coffeehouse in Austin for August 1st and Kick Butt Coffee and Booze for August 2nd.
July 19-August 31