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 April:
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.
Special show in April!
Steve Scott Solves Them All – A Small Dog Mystery – April 4th
Shows at 10am, pay as you wish
The Flying Theater Machine
This spring at the Hideout Theatre, say hello to the friendly Monster Family! Join them in improvised adventures, games, stories and interactions to discover Kid Monster’s unique gift– talking to humans! Kid Monster doesn’t care if you are human or monster, or anything else; all Kid Monster cares about is making friends and having fun. And you too can help Kid Monster show Monster Family that humans are really nice! Families, monster and human alike will be able to experience a new way of seeing the world; all before Kid Monster’s bedtime! So bring your tails, paws, stomps and cheers for this hilariously monster of a good time.
Every Sunday (no show on Easter Sunday, April 5th)
Shows at 2pm, $5
Austin Public Library branches
Bawk! It’s an elephant! It’s an umbrella! No, it’s a… chicken?! See how the chickens in this coop make room for a giant new friend in Literature Live!’s less-than-traditional puppet show production of Austin author Keith Graves’ wonderful book, Chicken Big! This show is recommended for ages 4 and up.
January 26th – April 30th, times vary
The Three Little Pigs
ZACH Theatre’s Kleberg Stage
Take three little piglets, their devoted single-parent mom, and a misunderstood Big Bad Wolf, and you’ve got the perfect “Great Big Little Broadway Show” for audiences ages 3 and up. Filled with humor, this endearing tale will leave you squealing with glee and howling with laughter!
February 27th – April 25th, Shows at 11am and 2pm on Saturdays, 2pm and 4:30pm on Sundays (no shows on 4/5, 4/11, 4/19). Check out our review here.
$15 and up
Jack and the Beanstalk
Scottish Rite Theater
After selling the family car on Craigslist in exchange for magic beans, Jack ascends to new heights as he tries to make things right. Live music, puppets, and lots of action make this the perfect show for young kids. Jack and the Beanstalk opens March 21 and closes April 5 on Easter Sunday with a bonus golden egg hunt in the historic Scottish Rite theater.
March 21-April 5, 11:00am and 1pm shows on Saturdays and 12:30pm and 2:30pm shows on Sundays (shows on Sunday, April 5 are preceded by an Easter Egg Hunt), $10 for adults and $6 for 12 and under
Taming of the Shrew
Love or Dominance? One of Shakespeare’s most hotly contested, yet widely performed, stories is brought to life by our troupe of youth players aged 8-13. Filled with girls dressed as boys, boys dressed as girls and slapstick humor, help us determine if Love or Dominance rules the day.
March-April (April 10th at 11am & 7pm, April 11th at 11am, April 18th at 3:30pm, April 19th at 4:30pm, April 23rd at 4pm, April 26th at 11am), FREE (donations accepted)
Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance”
Frank Erwin Center
Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience like you’ve never experienced before! You, the audience, are invited to dance as all of your favorite Sesame Street friends join you on the floor – dancing with fans of all ages! In addition to ongoing dance parties, Elmo uses his imagination to “Do the Robot,” Cookie Monster teaches all ‘feets’ to dance, and Ernie shares the fun of dance with the Sesame Street favorite “Shake Your Head One Time.”
April 10th (10am & 7pm), April 11th (10:30am, 2pm, 5:30pm), April 12th (1pm & 4:30pm), $18+ (age one and older must have a ticket)
Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards
The Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards Ceremony will be similar in nature to the annual Tony Awards honoring Broadway productions. The Awards Ceremony will celebrate the outstanding achievements of high school teachers and students with a combination of school performances, multi-school student performances, and awards. Students will experience the thrill of performing on a state-of-the-art stage in a professional venue.
April 14th at 7:30pm, $30+
An Evening at the Ballet
Dougherty Arts Center
The Austin City Ballet and The Austin City Youth Ballet will present An Evening at the Ballet under the direction of Carol Feille D’Avila. An Evening at the Ballet features excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Firebird, and Coppelia. En Avant Dance Company debuts a special contemporary performance featuring vocal accompaniment by Voce Divina.
April 17 & 18 at 7:30pm, $15+
Cenicienta is a bilingual stage-adaptation of the tale of Cinderella, infused with puppetry, Mexican culture, and humor. Cenicienta learns to embrace her culture, familia, and the power of language to unlock her true potential. This production is in collaboration with Teatro Vivo.
April 18th-May 23rd (April 18th & 25th, May 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd at 11am & 2pm, April 18th at 6:30pm, May 3rd at 2pm & 4:30pm, May 17th at 2pm), $12+
Once Upon a Time
Dougherty Arts Center
This production features five short fairy tales that will delight all audiences: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and Thumbelina.
April 18 & 19 at 1:30 & 4pm, $10+
Bass Concert Hall
Leapin’ Lizards! One of the world’s best-loved musicals is back in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, this new production of ANNIE will be a classic incarnation of the beloved original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
April 21st-25th at 8pm, April 25th at 2pm and April 26th at 1pm & 7pm, $30+
Into the Woods Jr.
Kam & James Morris Theatre at TexARTS (Lakeway)
Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), and the Witch all meet in this whimsical Stephen Sondheim musical. Featuring members of the TexARTS Youth Musical Theatre Academy.
April 25-26 & May 2-3 at 2pm and April 25 and May 2 at 6pm, $15
Family Dance Workshop: Swan Lake
Ballet Austin’s AustinVentures Studio Theater
See excerpts from Ballet Austin’s iconic Swan Lake and learn a movement phrase with the help of Ballet Austin dancers. Recommended for ages 3 to 10 years old. Each group of children must be accompanied by at least one adult inside the theater. Every person regardless of age, including Girl Scouts and their parents or chaperones, must purchase a ticket in order to enter the theater. Tickets will not be mailed. They will be available for pick up 45 minutes prior to your workshop.
April 26th from 2:30-3:45pm, $10
Theatre Roundup for the Older Kids and Grown-Ups for April:
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.
Shows start at 10pm
Movie RiotColdTowne Theater
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 on April 11th)
Shows at 10pm, $12
All Ages Improv Night
Each week, we welcome one or two troupes of young performers and an established adult troupe to improvise original shows. In addition to family friendly performances, each show features an Improv Jam. Audience members are invited to join performers on stage for low pressure, supportive and occasionally very silly improv.
5-6:15pm, pay as you wish (Suggested donation: $3-$5)
There is a movement afoot… a movement that celebrates the power of everyday lives, and which proclaims that the memories we hold within our hearts are the most powerful stories we can tell. You can see it alive in projects like PostSecret, Mortified, Found Magazine, StoryCorps, and This American Life, all of which take our lives and reflect them back to us respectfully, humorously, and sincerely. In every show we’ll use improvisation to explore secrets anonymously submitted by you and other Austinites. Serious secrets will be treated with proper respect, and more lighthearted secrets will be treated frivolously, so expect a mix of drama, comedy, and everything in between.
Saturdays at 8pm in March and April and select Sundays at 8pm in April, $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 March show features Merlin Works Improv 301 & Singing 301 students and Improv 601 graduating students.
Second Sundays (March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 22), $9
The Last Five Years
Trinity Street Theatre
The Last Five Years tells the emotionally powerful story of Jamie and Cathy, two 20-something New Yorkers who dive head first into a marriage fueled by the optimism that comes with finding “the one.” But in a city where professional and personal passions collide and only the strongest relationships survive, navigating the waters of love and matrimony can sometimes prove too much. Funny, honest, and intimate, with an exuberantly romantic score, the Drama Desk Award-winning story explores the delicacy of love in a unique structure: Cathy tells her story from end to beginning while Jamie tells his from beginning to end.
March 19-April 12 Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 5pm (free childcare on March 28th; registration required); $20 regular, $18 students, $18 seniors(60+)
Oxford students Jack and Charley can”t court their sweethearts without a chaperone. Charley’s aunt is on her way from Brazil and will fit the bill – until her arrival is delayed! What to do, what to do? By George, they hire an impersonator, or rather coerce their rascally schoolmate Fancourt to pose as Charley’s aunt from Brazil, – “where the nuts come from.” Complications begin when the schoolmate, in drag, becomes the love object of two older men.
March 20-April 11, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 5pm, with the exception of March 29th at 3pm; $15 Thursdays, $20, $25, and $30 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Fusebox is a confluence of innovative new theater, film, dance, visual art and music from around the world. The festival takes place every April in Austin. Visit Fusebox’s calendar page for the full festival schedule.
April 1st-12th, times vary; Admission is FREE, but with a free membership you can register in advance (limited seating will be available for walk-ups)
Enter a Woman, Pretty Enough
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre
Cora is a twelve year-old girl on an exciting field trip to visit a historic gold rush town in northern California. But when her best friend she’s expecting to see never appears, Cora finds herself in a totally new frontier: rough, wicked, and bizarre. Partnered with the dark adventures of Judah, a virtuous gold miner in 1849, Enter a Woman, Pretty Enough performs the wild west’s past, present and future. Bar fights, camp fires, taffy, and booze make up this history of man’s ruthless, wild appetite for expansion even well after all the gold’s been seized and the girls long gone.
April 2, 3 at 7:30pm; Admission is free, seating is limited
Bass Concert Hall
Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd––and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times? Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.”
March 29-April 3, $28.50+
I’m Not Rappaport
Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall
This Tony Award-winning play introduces audiences to the unforgettable characters Nat and Midge, two senior citizens who meet in Central Park to escape and combat the sometimes unpleasant realities of life. Together they fight injustice, spin fantasies, and form a friendship full of comic genius.
April 3rd-May 3rd (Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 5pm, no performance on Easter Sunday), $15+
My Cycle and the Denim Doves
Address will be provided upon registration
Sisters! Let us gather. Tonight the moon is full. We’ll celebrate. It’s what we do. We will feel excessively pretty. We’ll carry you on our shoulders. We’ll eat. We’ll drink. We’ll sing. We’ll dance. We’ll teach you how to wash the blood out. Sisters. This is the beginning of how it all ends.
April 4th at 11:20pm, FREE but must be reserved by emailing email@example.com.
All The Way
Based on Lyndon Baines Johnson’s prolific first year as President, ALL THE WAY is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan and features a cast of 20 actors depicting many of the 20th Century’s most famous leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr., J. Edgar Hoover, Governor George Wallace, Senator Hubert Humphrey, Secretary of Defense Robert J. McNamara and President Johnson himself.
April 8th-May 10th (Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm, most Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm, $25+
Bring It On: The Musical
Kam & James Morris Theatre at TexARTS (Lakeway)
Inspired by the film, Bring It On: The Musical takes the audience on a high-flying journey filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness.The show,featuring 23 members of the TexARTS Teen Musical Theatre Academy, tells the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of extreme competition.
April 11 & 18 at 1 and 6pm, April 12 & 19 at 1pm, $15
Following the highly successful Esprit! at the Paramount Theatre, this concert once again brings together some of Austin’s finest artists in collaboration with Tapestry in celebration of world spirit and dance! Expect an unforgettable, unparalleled performance. Artists include Anu Naimpally, Zein Al-Jundi & The Bint El Balad Bellydance Ensemble, The Irish Dance Company, Love of China, The Lannaya African Drum & Dance Ensemble and Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico!
April 16-26, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm, $23+
This production features powerful vocals, the captivating virtuoso of Mozart, and a unique set where seduction, entertainment and danger collide. Don Giovanni is both charismatic and repulsive in his cavalier manipulations of others. But Don Giovanni, with all his arrogance, promiscuity and cunning, is finally undone by a vengeful victim incapable of outwit or defeat. This masterpiece, deemed “the greatest opera ever written” by George Bernard Shaw, brings justice to an outlandishly lecherous and wild man.
April 25th & 30th at 7:30pm and May 3rd at 3pm, $15+
Motown the Musical
Bass Concert Hall
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown is an entertaining show for all ages. Theatergoers will love the show’s energetic dance numbers and nonstop music. The show contains minimal adult language and references.
April 26 – May 1, showtimes vary
The Wimberley Playhouse
Greater Tuna is the hilarious comedy that satirizes an ordinary day in the lives of the citizens of Tuna, Texas, the third smallest town in the Lonestar State. The audience is first introduced to the eclectic blend of characters by Tuna’s morning radio broadcast, but quickly begins to meet the rest of the characters, learning of intrigue inherit in small town life. Appropriate for adults, seniors, & teens (Age 14 – 18).
April 27 – May 17, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm and Sunday matinees 2:30pm, $12+
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