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 May:
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.
Now through May 24
Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., $14 youth, $16 adult
*Bonus: Read our LiveMom Review of this show…
The Wizard of Oz
Presented by Buzz Productions at Dougherty Arts Center
Based on the Classical Motion Picuture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros. Buzz Productions is a team of professionals dedicated to producing a higher level of performing arts programming for young actors.
Fri. at 7pm, Sat. at 2pm and 7pm, Sun. at 6pm, $12
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.
May 3 – 4
Shows at 2 and 6 p.m., $15
Plus and Minus: The Vacation Adventure
Pollyanna Theatre Company at the Long Center
In May of 2013 Pollyanna audiences fell in love with Addy Plus and Minus Takeaway, two very unlikely friends. Well, Addy still loves to put things together and Minus still loves to subtract. But this newest production finds the two friends appreciating their differences and going on their first vacation together. All seems to be going well until they met up with Slash McGillacutty, a guy who insists on cutting things in half. How will Addy and Minus react to Slash? And is there a way to salvage their vacation once Slash McGillacutty arrives on the scene? Come along and find out. This play brings pre-kindergarten basic math concepts to life.
For ages 4 and up.
$11 and up
Austin Theatre Roundup for May:
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.
Apr. 29 – May 3
Ages 12 and up.
Tickets from $18.50
The Moving of Lilla Barton
Way Off Broadway Community Players in Leander
Lilla is an unforgettable Southern woman who defies small-town church politics and rediscovers the strength that’s waiting to be found in each of us. Lilla and her late husband single-handedly designed and built the church vicarage in this small Alabama town. Now that her husband has passed on, Lilla is being evicted, but she refuses to move out of the church-owned house to make way for the new minister. A gossiping gaggle of Episcopal eccentrics is causing trouble. The group is led by a stubborn Yankee newspaper editor and a crass real estate peddler. The sympathetic bishop and the senior warden, an old Southern gentleman, are trying to help Lilla, but ultimately it is her combination of resilience, vulnerability, and courage that make this heart-warming story soar.
Now through May 3
Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm
Adult tickets are $20; Seniors, Active Military, and Students are $15 and Children are $10.
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.
Now through May 4
Thurs.-Sun., 8 p.m., $15-$30
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.
Now through May 4th
Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sun. at 2:00 p.m., $10 – $26
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.
Now through May 8th
Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2pm, $13 – $20
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.
Now through May 11
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.
As You Like It
Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre
In celebration of its 30th Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park, The City of Austin, Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre, in coordination with Austin Shakespeare, present As You Like It. The show brings new actors and company alumni together in a RenFaire-style production. One of Shakespeare’s most delightful romantic comedies, As You Like It is the story of Rosalind, the smartest girl in the world, falling for Orlando, the most handsome boy, both of whom are banished to the forest of Arden. Through the course of the play, Rosalind must disguise herself as a boy, testing the true love of the unsuspecting Orlando. Their journey leads them to encounter a band of merry men, silly shepherds and a melancholy philosopher.May 1 – May 25, with a preview on April 30.
Thurs-Sun., 8pm, FREE
The Elixir of Love
Austin Lyric Opera at the Long Center
Mischievous charlatans, misguided affections and “magic” potions intoxicate and entice in this delightful story of a simple peasant who has fallen in love with the town beauty. Filled with twists and turns and romantic mix-ups, Donizetti’s masterpiece is a beguiling combination of romance and comedy. This wildly popular and enchanting work is another first for Austin Lyric Opera.
7:30pm, $29 and up
Hyde Park Theatre
The Altruists follows a group of chronic East Village protesters, marching for real or unreal causes, who lead completely self-centered lives-committing injustices identical to the ones they unthinkingly march against.
May 2-May 17
$20 general admission, $15 students + teachers
A Delicate Balance
Written by American playwright Edward Albee and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The New York Times says “Edward Albee, the leading playwright of his generation, has been confounding, challenging, and stimulating theater audiences for almost half a century.” This riveting, funny, and thought-provoking drama weaves the uneasy existence of two suburbanites and their permanent houseguest, a witty alcoholic sister, whose lives are disrupted by the sudden appearance of lifelong friends who ask to stay and escape from an unnamed terror. They soon are followed by the couple’s bitter daughter, who returns home following the collapse of her fourth marriage. All of these together bring a firestorm of doubt, allegations, and betrayal upsetting the “delicate balance” of the world they share.
May 2 – May 25
Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm., $15-25 ($10, Thursdays)
Bass Concert Hall
A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, War Horse is the winner of five 2011 Tony Awards. As World War One begins in England, 1914, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride.
Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm., $25 and up
*Bonus: Check the LiveMom Facebook page to see how you can WIN TICKETS to the opening night performance!
Listen to Your Mother
AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center
Celebrate motherhood, celebrate yourself and your mama by listening to 15 fabulous local writers as they read their stories out loud. You will be inspired, you’ll laugh, cry and want to hug your mama by the end of the show! You can read all about this year’s cast in a special feature that we posted here on LiveMom.
May 8 at 7pm, May 10 at 3pm, $15 in advance, $18 at the door
*Bonus: Enter to WIN TICKETS in our LiveMom Giveaway!
Forklift Danceworks and Austin’s African American Cultural Heritage District are proud to announce the premiere of “Play Ball”, the latest collaboration from Allison Orr and Forklift Danceworks.”Play Ball” is a celebration of baseball and the vital role that Downs Field has played in the rich baseball history of Austin and the nation. Featuring the Huston-Tillotson Rams baseball team performing choreography derived from the movement of baseball, “Play Ball” will be performed to an original musical score composed by Graham Reynolds performed by a cast of notable Austin musicians, including Jazz vocalist Pam Hart and trumpet player Ephraim Owens.
7pm, Friday night Gala Fundraiser: single tickets are priced at $100 each; Saturday and Sunday night performances are FREE to the public with a reservation
Ballet Austin at the Long Center
Let yourself get swept away into a sublime world of kings, queens, fairy godmothers and storybook creatures. The timeless tale of The Sleeping Beauty comes to life in the most majestic classical ballet of all time, set to Tchaikovsky’s fabulous and familiar score. On Mother’s Day weekend, experience this gorgeous production featuring grand sets and exquisite costumes. You’ll enjoy special appearances by fairy tale favorites like Puss-In-Boots and Little Red Riding Hood. And of course, that kiss from the handsome prince will create a memory to cherish happily ever after.
Fri. and Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 3pm, $15-75
When entrusting the subject of motherhood to such a dazzling collection of celebrated American writers, what results is a joyous, moving collection of stories that is hilarious, and an altogether thrilling theatrical event. Utterly unpredictable, Motherhood Out Loud shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations. Written by Lisa Loomer, Theresa Rebeck, Beth Henley and many more well-known playwrights.
May 10- June 22
2pm, Sat. and Sun. performances, $10-20
Crank Collective at the Long Center
A rowdy musical comedy about how Borger, Texas became the most lawless town in America In the 1920s, wildcat oil strikes, sudden wealth and the 18th Amendment gave rise to folk heroes, villains, and lawless new townships. The most notorious of these unruly cities was the panhandle town of Borger, Texas–which director John Cecil uses as the setting for his newest musical comedy, Boomtown. Inspired by the Thomas Hart Benton painting of the same title and based on memoirs and documents from the period, Boomtown is the third and final installment of Crank Collective’s Texas Musical Series.
8pm, $20 and up
Something for Nothing Theatre at Ramsey Park
Shake out your picnic blankets for a night of Shakespeare under the stars! Something for Nothing Theater returns to Ramsey Park (4301 Rosedale Ave, Austin, TX 78756) with William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Marking the company’s third annual production of a community-friendly Shakespearean play at Ramsey Park, Hamlet will be performed with minimal props, costumes, and lighting, focusing on storytelling and the rich language of Shakespeare. Performed by a cast of 9 actors, featuring Jon Cook as Hamlet, Hamlet concludes at a brisk two hours.
May 22-June 7
8pm, FREE, donations accepted
Glass Half Full Theater at Salvage Vanguard Theater
Once Were Six Seasons is an interaction of human performers with manipulated landscapes, miniature puppets, and environmental forces. The show re-imagines objects and textiles, from string and paper to recycled Styrofoam packing shapes, as rainclouds and river valleys, mine workers, polar bears, and islands sinking into the sea. It observes the ripple effects of changes in migratory patterns, population surges and decreases, and other natural phenomena; it follows those ripple effects into a near, and a far future, one that includes rebirths, dead ends, and adaptations throughout the natural world.
May 22-June 7
Thurs. – Sat. at 9:15, Sun. at 7:15, $12-20
ZACH Theatre: Topfer Theatre
Vanya and his sister Sonia live a quiet, country life in their childhood home with plenty of time for self-reflection, and humorous counsel from their housekeeper Cassandra, who believes she has the gift of prophecy. Their pastoral world is upended by the return of their dazzling sister Masha (Beth Broderick), a high-maintenance Hollywood movie star, and Spike, her young über-hot boy-toy. Together this unlikely foursome is plunged into an absurd weekend of sibling rivalry and regrets that are triggered by a wacky costume party. This hilarious mashup of Anton Chekhov’s plays, like The Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya, finds Chekov’s classic themes of existential loss and longing giving way to hilarity in Christopher Durang’s surprising, tender and uproarious family reunion.
May 28- June 22
Wed. – Sat. at 7:30pm, Sun. at 2:30p, $25 and up
Theatre en Bloc at the Long Center
In BETHANY, Crystal and Gary live in a nice home in the suburbs. Only it’s not theirs. In fact, they didn’t know each other before they moved in, and the story of how they got there is the beginning of Crystal’s plan to get her life back on track. Between her job at the Saturn dealership, her new housemate’s conspiracy theories, and the motivational speaker who just might buy that sports car, this new dark comedy will take you on the ride of your life, with a woman willing to take on anything and everything… all for someone named Bethany.
May 29- June 7
8pm, $15 and up