Theater for kids, and the rest of us

How I Became a Pirate, based on the book by Melinda Long and illustrated by David Shannon, comes alive on stage at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10th at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown.

Recommended for ages 5 to 10, the show features, storytelling, pirate songs and dancing. The show features a realistic pirate ship with a revolving piece that transforms from the beach to a ship, complete with life-size replicas of Jeremy’s beach toys.

K Lauer-Williams, The Morning Call, March 6, 2013

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children. 610-432-6715. Allentown Symphony Hall, 23 N. 6th Street, Allentown.

An all student production of Guys and Dolls Jr (an abbreviated kid friendly version of the musical Guys and Dolls) opens tonight and runs for two weekends at the Allentown Jewish Community Center. Tickets for tonight’s 7 p.m. opening night performance are buy one, get one free. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, 2 p.m. on Sunday March 10th and March 17th, and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday March 16th. NO FRIDAY PERFORMANCES Advance tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for children; $15 for adults and $13 for children at the door. 610-435-3571. AJCC, 702 N 22nd Street, Allentown

A stage version of The Hobbit, performed by the Pennsylvania Youth Theater, opens Friday, March 15 through March 24, 2013, in Bethlehem at the Ice House on Sand Island.

The Hobbit is a modern day classic, with Bilbo, one of the most conservative of all Hobbits, asked to leave his large, roomy and very dry home in the ground in order to set off as chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It’s the last thing that any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results—not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth—and the hearts of those children and adults who continue to enjoy this kind of magic.

The curtain rises at 7 p.m. on Fridays, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Ticket prices range from $12 – $20. 610-332-1400. The Charles A. Brown Ice House, 57 River Street, Bethlehem.

Leave the kids at home for Crowded Kitchen Players’  latest production, Born Yesterday, and opening on Friday, March 8th at McCoole’s Arts and Events Place in Quakertown. This 1946  comedy is set in the sitting room of a lavish hotel suite in Washington, D.C. just after World War II has ended, and features “Harry Brock, a ruthless, self-made millionaire junk merchant, and his entourage of his mistress Billie Dawn; his loyal cousin Eddie; and Harry’s lawyer, Ed Deverey” all of whom have come to D.C. “to secure much coveted government contracts that will grant him access to the scrap left over from the War without the burden of tariffs.” Alas, his mistress is somewhat lacking in the social graces and it is decided that a newspaper reporter should be hired to educate her sooner rather than later. Tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for seniors, $10 for students. March 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23 at 8 p.m. and March 10, 17 & 24 at 2 p.m. McCoole’s Arts and Events Place, 10 South Main Street, Quakertown.

August: Osage County recently opened at Civic Theater in Allentown. Four more performances are scheduled, March 7-10th; 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $23-$26. Civic Nineteenth Street Theater, 527 N. 19th Street, Allentown. 610-432-8943

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