Get out and experience the magic of live theater!

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Experience the magic of live theater with your family this year at a Blue Star Theater. We have you covered from coast to coast! Here are but a few of the many family friendly productions that will be hitting the stage in the coming months. *Keep in mind that all Blue Star Theatres offer discounts to military families but ticket prices and availability vary. Check out each theater’s website for special pricing or call the box office. With this many wonderful plays for young audiences on the schedule, we know you will find something to fit your family’s taste. Later, be sure to share your photos and stories with Blue Star Families by tagging #bluestartheatres!

Highlighted below are theaters in Alaska, California, New Jersey, North Carolina and Ohio. Visit the Blue Star Theater interactive map to find a theater in your community. There are over 150 participating theaters in our network so we hope you will find the a place to create new memories with your family this year.

Perseverance TheatreScreen Shot 2016-09-01 at 6.00.36 AM, with performance space in both Juneau and Anchorage, Alaska, is dedicated to creating professional theatre by and for Alaskans. They value community engagement, cross­cultural collaboration, professional rigor, and regional voice.

Peter and the Starcatcher, a play by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker, is based on the book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The show runs from September 30 – October 16, 2016. By attending a performance, you are guaranteed to discover The Neverland you never knew. Molly Aster and her father, by order of Queen Victoria, are headed to dump a trunk of dangerous star­stuff into Mount Jalapeño, when they are separated by a pirate attack. In this irreverent, whimsical comedy with music filled with wacky theatricality, Molly encounters some lost boys who help her battle a pirate captain and his sidekick Smee. Molly searches for her father and the orphans take up residence on an island where dreams are born and time is whatever you wish it to be. Discover how a captain gets his hook and a crocodile gets his tick-­tock.

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 5.55.01 AMSouth Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California pulls out all the stops with a series of three plays for young audiences that you won’t want to miss! Mr. Popper’s Penguins leads off the season from November 4 – ­20, 2016. Mr. Popper loves Antarctic adventures. So he’s thrilled when a penguin named Captain Cook waddles out of a mysterious box on the doorstep. The zookeeper donates a female companion and soon—the patter of 20 baby penguin feet! They’ll sing and dance their way into everyone’s hearts in a musical version of the classic children’s book.

Follow this with Flora & Ulysses from February 3­ – 19, 2017. Holy Bagumba! Ten-­year-­old Flora loves comic books, so it’s no surprise to her when a squirrel named Ulysses gets sucked up in the vacuum cleaner and pops out as a superhero who can fly—and write poetry. Doubting adults have lots to learn from Flora, Ulysses and their new friend, William, in this charming story from the author of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.  Finally, end the season with Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing performed from May 19­ – June 4, 2017. Judy Blume’s enormously popular book hits the stage with hilarity, and sibling rivalry never has been so much fun. Well, two­ year ­old Fudge is having fun, and so is the audience. Big brother Peter has had enough, and when his turtle ends up in Fudge’s tummy, it’s time for drastic measures.

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If you live in Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has something special coming this winter. It’s Little Shop of Horrors, appropriate for young people ages 11 and up, and running from January 21­ – February 19, 2017. It’s not your typical boy­ meets girl comedy, Little Shop of Horrors is a hilarious musical that’s literally out of this world. On Skid Row, Seymour is your average, nerdy, down­-on-his­-luck floral assistant. That all changes when he meets a power-hungry, fast-­talking plant who vows to fulfill Seymour’s wildest dreams: fame, fortune and the heart of the girl he loves. There’s just one catch. The plant thirsts for human blood, and its growing pains send Seymour down a diabolical path with murderous consequences. With an infectious score that gleefully combines rock, Motown and Broadway, Little Shop of Horrors ensures you’ll be toe-­tapping along to this screamingly funny, joyously entertaining, tongue-­in­-cheek delight.

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 5.55.33 AMCape Fear Regional Theatre in Fayetteville, NC has two shows appropriate for kids this season. You can choose between to see Disney’s famous musical The Little Mermaid from Jan 19 – ­Feb 12, 2017. Take a journey to a magical kingdom beneath the sea along with Ariel, the beautiful young mermaid. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight­-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl, and Part of Your World. Or, take the older kids to the hilarious comedy thriller Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery running from April 6­ – 23, 2017. Buckle your seatbelt and get ready for a joyful mystery ride that is sure to keep your family on the edge of your seats. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s timeless classic comes to life like never before in this fast­paced comedy about everyone’s favorite detective solving his most notorious case. Don’t miss this hilarious tribute to all that is magical about theatre from the acclaimed author of Lend Me A Tenor and The Three Musketeers.

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 5.55.41 AMTwo River Theater in Red Bank, NJ presents The Way Back Home for one weekend only June 8­ – 11, 2017. Plan ahead now before the show sells out! The play is based on a book by Oliver Jeffers and is best for children ages 4­ – 8. When a boy discovers a single­propeller airplane in his closet, he flies it to outer space! But as it turns out, he is not alone up there… The Way Back Home uses puppets to tell Oliver Jeffers’ (Award winning author of The Day the Crayons Quit) simple yet profound tale about friendship and conquering the fear of the unknown.

“The Way Back Home is visually charming, and quite amusing to entertain both them and the parents alike. Without words, it requires the audience to bring just that little a bit of their ownimagination to what is shown before them, which can only be encouraging.” — The Public Reviews

There’s lots of great theater to choose from for the whole family. Have the kids put away the screens for a little while. After your day out, tag your photos and stories #bluestartheatres to share your adventures with us.