There’s no doubt that Austin is flush 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 in 2015! 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 September:
What’s the Story, Steve?
Help Steve and his cast of improvisers bring original stories to the stage! These 50 minute live performances feature Steve the improvising poodle. Each show is a unique story inspired by audience suggestion. All ages welcome. Tickets at the door. Volunteer to be a part of the show or enjoy from your seat.
Shows at 10am, pay as you wish
The Flying Theater Machine
In “Middle School Mysteries”, crime is sweeping the classroom, and your help is needed! In these fully improvised stories, we’ll find many opportunities for the children in the audience (and sometimes their adults!) to participate and guide the story and even play on stage!
Shows at 2pm, $5
Wild and Wacky Weather
Austin Public Library locations
If you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait a few minutes and it will change! Take a stroll through sunny songs, breezy stories, and wintry puppetry when Literature Live! presents their new puppet show, Wild and Wacky Weather! Check out the trailer here.
September 7 – December 4
Showtimes vary, FREE
Kids Club Music Hour
Scottish Rite Theater
Weekend morning fun for young children. Sing, dance, jump, and shout with Johnny, Sharon, Nick, Amber & the Hoppettes! Shakers, streamers, scarves, rhythm sticks, bubbles, stuffed animals, and balloons. Weekly themes and a “come to life” storytime on the stage. Come early for juice, granola, coffee, muffins and more in the lobby.
September 12, 19, 26
Shows from 10-11am, $3/person at the door
Snow White & Rose Red
Emily Ann Theatre (Wimberley)
Join us for the next installment in the EmilyAnn’s interactive Children’s Theatre Series. Adapted by D. Heath Thompson, this 40-minute show promises fun for audience members ages 2 – 102. Performed in the indoor Burdine Johnson Studio Theatre.
September 12 – October 4
Saturdays at 10am & Sundays at 2pm, $8+
A Topsy-Turvey Bard
Brentwood Christian School
As the story ensues, the villagers of Ploverleigh can all breathe a sigh of relief – John Wellington Wells has broken the spell by yielding his life to Ahrimanes, and all life goes back to its usual pace, day by day, to the last syllable of recorded time…That is until… another spell befalls the townspeople when a mysterious stranger spikes the tea at Ploverleigh Globe Theatre’s Shakespeare Festival. As usual, all the good citizens of the town imbibe this pernicious potion and fall prey to its soporific effect – they go to sleep. Upon awakening, our Ploverians believe they are characters from Shakespeare’s plays, and they can’t help but speak in iambic pentameter! Yet they still love to sing in topsy-turvy Gilbert & Sullivan style.
Show begins at 3pm, FREE
Winnie the Pooh
ZACH Kleberg Theatre
Winnie-the-Pooh finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as the dismal Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit. Pooh’s intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble. Come see A.A. Milne’s beloved characters in this charming musical adaptation.
September 18 – December 12
September 18 at 6:30pm, most Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm, some Saturdays at 11am, October 29 at 4:30pm, Autism/Sensory-Friendly Performance on October 31 at 11am, $15+
The Little Mermaid
Bass Concert Hall
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land. Joining her are Sebastian, Ariel’s crabby sidekick; Ursula, the evil sea witch; Triton, King of the Sea and the handsome and human Prince Eric. Based on the Disney animated film and hit Broadway musical. Dive on in! Life is the bubbles, under the sea!
September 29 – October 4
Tuesday – Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 1pm & 7pm, $35+
Theatre Roundup for the Older Kids and Grown-Ups for September:
The Free Fringe
There are hundreds of performers, and every single one of them is prone to saying things like “Wouldn’t it be crazy if…?” or “I just had the most insane idea.” This is where those dreams go, not to die, but to live gloriously on the stage for one night only. Every week will be dramatically different. There could be shows with improvisers tied up in rope, 50 performers onstage, blindfolded actors, improvising dogs, or 1000 other things. THE FREE FRINGE IS FREE. FOREVER. Reserve your tickets in advance to guarantee yourself a spot.
Every Thursday (except for September 3 when the Hideout hosts the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival)
Shows start at 10pm
Prepare for MOVIE RIOT— a live improvised comedy double header event. Two teams of comedy juggernauts take the ColdTowne Theater stage to create brand new never-before-seen movies live on stage. From a title or song lyric, the performers will lovingly craft complete improvised films, all made up on the spot. But the fun doesn’t end there. Add in free popcorn and movie candies (and for a limited time FREE MAGARITAS), you’ll get a recipe for a killer cinema-inspired live comedy event.
Show starts at 7pm, $5
The Hideout presents twelve of Austin’s virtuoso improv comedians for a night of games and scenes based on audience suggestions — but only one of them will make it to the end of the show and be crowned MAESTRO for the week and awarded the coveted Canadian five-dollar bill. Also, all Maestro shows are now wheelchair accessible as they are performed in the Downstairs Theater. To guarantee a space ahead of time e-mail Artistic Director Roy Janik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Saturday (no show September 5 as the Hideout is hosting the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival)
Shows at 10pm, $12
Second Sunday Comedy Showcase
Watch the improv all-stars of Austin, The Known Wizards, headline this improv comedy showcase with spontaneous scenes, hilarious games, surprisingly good songs, and fantastic stories all made up on the spot based on audience input. You say it, we play it–like magic! The August show features a Free Improv Jam Night with special guest In Our Prime!
Second Sundays (September 13, October 11, November 8, December 22), $9
Spokenword artist Ebony Stewart examines Hunger in her new one-woman show, premiering for two weeks only at The VORTEX. With a decade of experience in spoken word, slam poetry, and performance, Stewart has established herself as a vital voice in American theatre. Stewart has been touring professionally around the U.S. and now returns to Austin to roar her truth with this unapologetic cascade of poetry and theatre. Open up to the space between forgiveness and farewell. Directed by Zell Miller III.
August 27 – September 5
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, $10+
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
The City Theatre
Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight! This joyous, musical romp through Rome has desperate lovers, scheming neighbors, and secrets behind every toga. A Funny Thing is considered to be one of the best musicals ever written for the Broadway stage. Funny, fast-paced, witty, irreverent, it takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from the time-tested humor of Roman playwrights with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. A non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two. This unforgettable musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Something for everyone!
August 28 – September 30
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 5:30pm, $15+
Trinity Street Theatre
Oh Dragon Theatre Company presents Veronica’s Room. A chilling mystery thriller by the author of Rosemary’s Baby that explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. Susan and Larry find themselves as guests enticed to the Brabissant mansion by it’s dissolute caretakers the lonely Mackeys. Struck by Susan’s strong resemblance to Veronica Brabissant, long- dead daughter of the family for whom they work, the older couple gradually induce her to impersonate Veronica briefly to solace the only living Brabissant, her addled sister who believes Veronica alive. Once dressed in Veronica’s clothes, Susan finds herself locked in the role and locked in Veronica’s room. Or is she Veronica, in 1935, pretending to be an imaginary Susan?
September 3 – 12
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, $15
Emily Ann Theatre (Wimberley)
At the behest of John the Baptist, young men and women forsake their jobs and take up the mantle of Jesus Christ, becoming his disciples, in a musical retelling of the Gospel of Matthew set in modern-day. Using song and dance, the apostles traverse the city, spreading Christ’s message of love and tolerance as the time moves ever closer to his betrayal at the hands of Judas and, ultimately, his crucifixion. Godspell will be performed in the indoor Burdine Johnson Studio Theatre.
September 4 – October 4
Fridays – Sundays at 7:30pm, $10+
Ballet Austin’s 2015/16 season begins with one of Stephen Mills’ signature works. Hamlet is a contemporary ballet, based on the classic Shakespearean story of a young man and his incredible family drama. Ballet companies around the world perform this stunning, lush and emotionally driving dance work, set to music by American composer Philip Glass. In addition to its Austin return, this season Hamlet will be performed by The Washington Ballet at The Kennedy Center in the nation’s capital and by Ballet Augsburg in Augsburg, Germany.
Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm, $15+
Each night of this late night musical comedy cabaret features a different line up of performers singing their silliest originals, covers, and improvised songs. HOOT! features performances by: Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musicals, Megan Sherrod, the cast of Austin Translation, Lords and Ladies, Ammon Taylor, Catalina la O, Manateeman, Sink Trash, Erik Secrest, Cami Alys, Mouth House (Jarrett King & friends), Loose Threads, and the Love Me Tinder cast!
September 11 & 12
Shows at 10:30pm, $10+
Hands Up Hoodies Down
Hands Up Hoodies Down is a protest song sung in the key of high octane spoken word stanzas exploding through tears and heartache; it’s the balled fist full of possibilities; it’s the feeling of the day after the riot and no place to buy groceries; it’s the mother’s moan and the father’s wail. How do we react when human beings are taken out of existence? Hands Up Hoodies Down is the return of this critically-acclaimed hip hop theatre and dance piece for our times, originally presented at The VORTEX last March. Conceived, directed, and co-written by Zell Miller III, with contributions from Chelsea Manasseri. Choreography by Sadé Jones. The cast features T- Fly, Kann, Da’Shade Moonbeam, Zell Miller III, Chelsea Manasseri, Sadé Jones, and the Ashé Arts Collective.
September 17 – 26
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8pm, $10+
She Was Born
The Off Center
There are very few creatures capable of Parthenogenesis. In this rare and extraordinary form of asexual reproduction, mothers procreate without a sexual partner and give birth to exact genetic copies of themselves. This means that in an undisturbed environment, the life cycle of such an organism has the potential to become an infinite loop, repeating itself over and over for eternity. This is either a form of immortality or utter absurdity. Or both. In Nat & Veronica’s She Was Born a group of only twenty audience members is invited into a giant paper pod to bear witness to the full life-cycle of this imaginary extraterrestrial insect. She Was Born explores motherhood, mortality and the idea that, biologically speaking, reproduction is the sole purpose of existence. It’s a story both completely alien and strangely familiar; after all, everything that ever lived was born.
September 17 – 26
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8pm, $15+
The Real Thing
Stoppard combines his characteristically brilliant wordplay and wit with flashes of insight that illuminate the nature–and the mystery–of love, creating a play that challenges the mind while searching out the innermost secrets of the heart.
September 18 – October 11
Sunday in the Park with George
Long Center Rollins Studio Theatre
The Armstrong Community Music School joins Austin Shakespeare to present a staged concert of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning Sunday in the Park with George. This stunning musical, based on a masterpiece of Impressionist painting by Georges Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, brings the characters in the painting to life with a richness, humor and depth to match Sondheim’s music.
September 24 – 27
Thursday – Sunday at 7:30pm, Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm, $19+
Hyde Park Theater
Only the second production in the country of this new work by Greg Pierce, who wrote HPT’s award-winning smash hit Slowgirl. After a series of unsettling discoveries in a marble-quarry town in Vermont, antisocial widow Jean McClain decides to conduct her own investigation. A funny and surreal detective story with a haunting original score by Randal Pierce.
September 24 – October 24
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, October 1 at 8pm, $22+
The Comedy of Errors
Scottish Rite Theater
Identical twins separated at birth. No, make that two sets of identical twins separated at birth. The Comedy of Errors, the Bard’s wackiest play, comes to life in Austin’s oldest, dearest theater. For all ages with a few bawdy bits. This is Shakespeare, after all!
September 25 – October 10
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, September 27 at 2pm, October 1 at 8pm, $15+
ZACH Topfer Theatre
Experience passion and seduction in the seven-time Tony Award®-winning musical Evita, in an all-new production created by ZACH. Revered by her people as an advocate for the poor, Eva Perón climbed meteorically from the slums of Argentina to her role as beloved First Lady at the age of 27, and became one of the most powerful women in the world. Evita tells Eva’s passionate and unforgettable true story through some of the theatre’s most beautiful songs, including the unforgettable “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.”
September 30 – November 1
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm, most Saturdays & Sundays at 2:30pm & 8pm, Wilde Party on October 1, Post-Show Discussion on October 7, Champagne Opening on October 8, $25+
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