The Bay Area offers many choices for kids to enjoy live theater based on classic stories you can find at your local small bookseller. Clara Doornbos from Diesel, A Bookstore at the Marin Country Mart in Larkspur has selected some great books and their local performances for families of all ages to enjoy this holiday season. Tickets and books on sale now.
Read It: Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
November 20-December 20, 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa
December 4-27, American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco
December 17-20, Drake Little Theater, 1327 Sir Francis Drake, San Anselmo
Be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas as you watch the transformation of the stingy Ebenezer Scrooge into a man who awakens on Christmas morning with love and generosity in his heart!
Read It: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Ian Flemming
November 20-December 6, Cinnabar Theatre, Petaluma
The beloved story about the adventures of the Potts family and their miraculous car as well as Jeremy and Jemima's take on the Vulgarians, who want Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for the Baron’s birthday.
Read It: Cinderella, Brothers Grimm
November 21-December 6 Cinderella, San Rafael Community Center
December 5-20, Cinderella, African-American Shakespeare Company, Buriel Clay Memorial Theatre, San Francisco
December 5-20, Cinderella, Fort Mason Center Building C – San Francisco
A timeless and enchanting tale about Cinderella, a young girl, her fairy godmothers, cruel stepmother, pumpkin coaches, glass slippers and a handsome prince.
Read It: Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams
November 27-December 13 Yerba Buena Theatre, San Francisco
Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it. Like the Skin Horse, Margery Williams understood how toys--and people--become real through the wisdom and experience of love. Enjoy this favorite classic story, it will work its magic for all who read it and see it.
Read It: Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
November 27-December 20, Spreckles Performing Arts Center, Rohnert Park
Meet the four March sisters — brassy, tomboy-like, aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy, and kind-hearted Beth — and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several recreations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio. A classic tale in literature and on stage.
Read It: The Lump of Coal, Lemony Snicket
Children's Creativity Museum Theater, San Francisco, December 5-January 3 by The Bay Area Children's Theatre
The hilarious and heartburning, uh, heartwarming holiday adventure of a lump of coal who wants to be an artist. A world premiere inspired by Lemony Snicket at his tongue-in-cheek, story weaving best.
Read It: Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley, December 12-20
The fantastic journey of a young prince fallen to Earth from an asteroid and the lessons he shares with a stranded pilot has mesmerized children and adults alike for generations. Kids will love the wild and wondrous characters; adults will love the story of spiritual renewal. If you need a holiday treat for the whole family, The Little Prince is your ticket.