Read It and See It Plays This Holiday Season

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

See It:

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

See It: 

November 20-December 6, Cinnabar Theatre, Petaluma

November 28-December 20, Freight & Salvage in Berkeley & Dougherty Valley Perfoming Arts Center in San Ramon

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

See It:

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

See It: 

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

See It:

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

See It: 

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

See It: 

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.