November 2015 Austin Theatre Roundup for Kids and Adults


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 November:

What’s the Story, Steve?
ColdTowne Theater

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.
Every Saturday
Shows at 10am, pay as you wish

wonderland-early-press-banner-squareThe Flying Theater Machine
Hideout Theatre
Fall down the rabbit hole and discover a whole wild new world in Wonderland! These fully improvised stories will need your help! Kids and adults alike will be asked to lend their aid with their suggestions, creative input, and acting powers so that these strange tales can be completed.
Every Sunday
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

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+

Just a Minute! A Día de los Muertos Play
Scottish Rite Theater

Celebrate el día de los muertos with this staged adaptation of Yuyi Morales’s fantastical award-winning books Just a Minute and Just in Case. Señor Calavera wants Grandma Beetle to leave with him right away, but she still has one house to sweep, two pots of tea to boil, three pounds of corn to make into tortillas – and that’s just the start! Kids of all ages will love these bilingual counting and alphabet tales.
October 3 – November 1
October 3rd, 10th, 24th & 31st at 11am and October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and November 1st at 12:30pm and October 18th, 25th and November 1st at 2:30pm and October 24th & 31st at 1pm; $7/child and $13/age 13 and up

SWP-027-01-8196.jpgSnow White
Austin Ventures Studio Theater

A magical show of a timeless fairytale and answers the question, who is the fairest one of all? Great for all ages. Featuring Ballet Austin II.
October 31 – November 8
Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm & 4pm; $15

Under the Big Top
The Long Center’s AT&T Education Room

Come one, come all! We’ll find lines and circles galore as we gather under the big top to create our own circus. Two siblings prepare to walk the tightrope, attempt to tame wild animals and try their hand at juggling. Join Max and Landon as they become circus animals, try out some tricks and learn a few things about friendship as they work and play together. It turns out a circus is a lot of work so they’ll be needing some help from the audience! This play is the newest production for Very Young Children (ages 2-4), as part of Pollyanna Theatre Co.’s Play and Play Series.
November 4 – 7, 11 – 13 and 14
9:30am & 11:30am; $6

McCallum Fine Arts Center

McCallum Dance presents their annual fall concert, “connect,” on Saturday, November 7 at 7 pm. The evening will include “en pointe” — a collaboration with the high school’s Grammy award-winning band, new experimental contemporary dance works as well as selected student-choreographed pieces from last year’s student-directed dance concert. Dance styles will include modern, contemporary, jazz and ballet. Appropriate for tweens and up, younger if children are interested in dance.
November 7
7pm; $7.25/student, $12.50 adult

Room on the Broom
Paramount Theatre

The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow, and wand. A helpful dog, bird, and frog find the witch’s lost things and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick is not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? Join us on this wild adventure! This musical adaptation will celebrate friendship, the fall season, and the wonderful world that author Julia Donaldson has created. Wear your Halloween costumes one more time!
November 8
Show begins at 2pm; $16

Potted Potter
Paramount Theatre

Playing to sold out houses all over the world, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. The world’s only Harry Potter parody has garnered rave reviews from New York to Nashville, Chicago to Mexico City and Critics’ Picks from the New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out London, Boston Globe, Chicago Daily Herald and the New York Post! Even if you don’t know the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter. This brilliant family entertainment is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).
November 10 – 29
Tuesdays-Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays & Sundays (generally) at 2:30pm & 7:30pm, performance times the last weekend are slightly different; $31+

Beauty and the Beast
The Georgetown Palace Theatre

The most popular show in ZACH’s history returns to rock in the holidays! ZACH’s fresh take on A Christmas Carol features three soulful Ghosts making a joyful noise, while moving our hearts with the Cratchit family’s love and Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous transformation. New hit songs and reimagined carols create an infectious spirit that has you dancing in the aisles. ZACH’s inspired adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic juxtaposes a traditional Victorian setting and gorgeous period costumes, with a modern musical score that spans genres and eras. Come celebrate the season in true ZACH style with this new Austin holiday tradition!
November 20 – December 30
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2pm and special 7:30pm weekday shows on December 17, 21-23 & 28-30; $11+

A Christmas Carol
ZACH Theatre

The most popular show in ZACH’s history returns to rock in the holidays! ZACH’s fresh take on A Christmas Carol features three soulful Ghosts making a joyful noise, while moving our hearts with the Cratchit family’s love and Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous transformation. New hit songs and reimagined carols create an infectious spirit that has you dancing in the aisles. ZACH’s inspired adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic juxtaposes a traditional Victorian setting and gorgeous period costumes, with a modern musical score that spans genres and eras. Come celebrate the season in true ZACH style with this new Austin holiday tradition!
November 25 – December 27
Most Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm; $25+

Rudolph the Musical
The Long Center

The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Join us in celebrating Rudolph’s 50 years on television and come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in the all new Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful new holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.
November 27 – 29
Friday & Saturday at 7pm, Saturday & Sunday at 2pm; $24+

Theatre Roundup for the Older Kids and Grown-Ups for November:

The Free Fringe
Hideout Theatre

free fringeThere 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 November 12 & 26)
Shows start at 10pm

Movie Riot
ColdTowne Theater

Movie RiotPrepare 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.
Every Friday
Show starts at 7pm, $5
maestroHideout Theatre
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
Every Saturday
Shows at 10pm, $12

Second Sunday Comedy Showcase
ZACH Theatre

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 November show features a Free Improv Jam Night with special guest Houses in Motion!
Second Sundays (November 8, December 22), $9

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 & $25+

Young Frankenstein
The Georgetown Palace Theatre

It’s alive! The electrifying adaptation of Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny film will leave you in stitches. From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers comes this monster new musical comedy. Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked side-kick and a leggy lab assistant, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” Young Frankenstein is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment.
October 9 – November 8
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays 2pm; $11+

The Norwegians
Austin Playhouse

The Norwegians is a delightfully dark comedy about women scorned in Minnesota and the really, really nice gangsters–Norwegian hit men–they hire to whack their ex-boyfriends. Olive, a transplant from Texas, and Betty, a transplant from Kentucky, have been dumped while undergoing a horrendous Minnesota winter. They meet at a bar, recognize each other’s thirst for vengeance, and Betty recommends a pair of Norwegian assassins, Tor and Gus. However, just as the path of love does not run smooth, hilarious twists and complications arise with all involved in this business of revenge.
October 23 – November 15
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays 5pm; $28+

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
City Theatre

Comedy thrillers have been around a long time with such popular examples in films, plays and novels as Charade, The Thin Man, and The Lady Vanishes. Hailed by critics and audiences, Musical Comedy Murders is just that, a comedy about a musical, with a lot of thrill, wrapped up in a murder mystery. It is an ingenious and wildly comic romp poking antic fun at the more ridiculous aspects of show biz and the corny thrillers of Hollywood’s heyday. The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop, in which three chorus girls were murdered, assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the estate of a wealthy “angel.” As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, bodies start to drop and accusing fingers point in all directions. A cross between Agatha Christie and Charles Ludlam, seasoned with a dash of Noises Off, the play is a non-stop barrage of laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren’t killed off) untangle the mystery of the “Stage Door Slasher” – but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author’s biting, satiric and refreshingly irreverent wit.
October 23 – November 15
Thursdays-Sundays, Thursdays-Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 3pm; $10+

To Kill A Mockingbird
Emily Ann Theatre’s Burdine Johnson Studio Theatre

It’s 1935, and racial tensions are high in Maycomb, Alabama. Young Scout lives a carefree and privileged existence until she watches her father defend an innocent man, Tom Robinson, against a potential death sentence and is forced to confront the issue of race head-on. With the help of Atticus and her older brother Jem, she learns that “growing up” often means doing what is right, even when it comes at great cost. To Kill A Mockingbird is considered an American masterpiece about the power of childhood innocence and morality, but author Harper Lee always defined it as a simple love story.
October 30 – November 22
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm (the performance on October 31st will be at 2pm); $10+

Weekend Comedy
Way Off Broadway Community Players (Wimberley)

December and June collide when two couples – one middle aged and staid, the other young and freewheeling – have accidentally rented the same cottage for the same three-day weekend. When they decide to share it, we are treated to a comedic clash between generations and ideas.
November 10 – 15
Fridays & Saturday at 8pm and Sunday, November 15 at 3pm; $10+

1st Annual Theatre Maker’s Fest
Dougherty Arts Center

The Dougherty Arts Center wants to celebrate the future of Austin theatre by presenting the 1st Annual Young Theatre Maker’s Fest. Over 50 performers, from high schoolers to young professionals, will take the stage with 6 fresh exciting original shows. Original performances from The Young Journey Foundation, Gigglepants Improv, Don’t Forget Kimberly, The Chamber St. Writers and Creative Action as well as the world premiere of “Buzzkill” an original play by up and coming playwright, Trey Gutierrez. Oh and there will be food! Appropriate for audiences 13+.
November 7
4-8pm; FREE

Kinky Boots
Bass Concert Hall

Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Sons. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
November 10 – 15
Tuesdays-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm, Sunday at 1pm; $30+

A Streetcar Named Desire
Long Center Rollins Studio Theatre

In the sultry streets of New Orleans, passions flare and cultures collide in Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. Blanche DuBois, a fading relic of the Old South, searches for refuge at her sister’s home, only to collide with reality in the form of Stanley Kowalski, her brutish brother-in-law. Provocative and lyrical, A Streetcar Named Desire is a commanding landmark drama by one of the great voices of the American Theatre. Ages 12 and up.
November 18 – December 6
Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3pm; $18+

The Wild Party
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

Set in Manhattan in the Roaring Twenties, vaudeville performer Queenie and her volatile partner, Burrs, host an evening of excess for their guests; a collection of the unruly and undone. The jazz and gin-soaked party rages to a mounting sense of threat as artifice and illusion are stripped away. When midnight debauchery leads to tragedy at dawn, this dark and decadent musical reminds us that no party lasts forever. The Wild Party contains mature content, including sexuality, violence and graphic racial representation. The running time is approximately 90 minutes. There is no late seating.
November 18 – December 6
November 20-21, December 1-5 at 7:30pm; November 21, 22 and December 5 at 2pm; $15+

Hideout Theatre

The 14th annual WaffleFest is a three-day improv comedy festival featuring the best of the Austin Improv scene, with ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT waffles at every show! WaffleFest features over 25 different troupes from all the improv camps in town, all united under one sticky banner of free waffles. And it’s not just waffles, either. Included in the admission are all the toppings you could want- butter, whipped cream, strawberries, syrup, chocolate sauce, and Nutella. If you’re already hooked on improv, this is a great chance to catch your favorite troupes. If you’re new to the scene, come check out a show or two and figure out what you like.
November 19 – 21
Shows Thursday at 8pm & 10pm, Friday at 7:30pm, 8pm, 9:30pm & 10pm, Saturday at 6pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 9:30pm and 10pm; $8+

Last Comic Standing
One World Theatre

Season 9 of the laugh-out-loud Last Comic Standing premiered July 22, 2015 on NBC. This EMMY nominated stand-up comedy competition returns with an all new group of the world’s funniest comics all vying for the title, Last Comic Standing. Watch the hysterical series this summer on NBC, and then see the finalists perform live as the Last Comic Standing Live Tour returns to One World Theatre.
November 20
7 & 9:30pm; $35+

The Philadelphia Story
Austin Playhouse

A sophisticated, classic romantic comedy about a socialite whose second wedding is threatened by two tabloid reporters, a scandal, and an ex-husband.
November 20 – December 20
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 5pm; $15+

Santaland Diaries
ZACH Theatre Wisenhunt Stage

He’s baaaack! Don’t miss the hilarious Martin Burke as the ever-irreverent elf Crumpet. David Sedaris’ outlandish and true tale comes to life on the Whisenhunt stage as Crumpet shows what it takes to juggle tiny tots and staggering Santas during a painfully festive time of the year. And to kick off the evening, chanteuse Meredith McCall and Martin take you on a sensational sleigh-ride of an all-new cabaret show created especially for ZACH. This merrily subversive and laugh ‘til you cry evening will delight any adult audience.
November 25 – December 27
Most Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm; $25+

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A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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