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Thursday, April 27, 2017

May onstage: Family-friendly live performances in metro Phoenix

“Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels” (Tue May 23) at Mesa Arts Theater. Photo courtesy of Mesa Arts Theater.

“Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels” is onstage Tuesday, May 23 at the Mesa Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Mesa Arts Center.

DANCE

Alice in Wonderland (Sun May 21). The student ballet company of Dance Theater West performs the story of “Alice in Wonderland.” Call for showtimes. Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 E 2nd St. dancetheaterwest.com

All Balanchine (Thur-Sun May 11-14). Three of George Balanchine’s masterpieces performed by Ballet Arizona. 7pm Thur, 7:30pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sat, 1pm Sun. $25-$159. Symphony Hall, 75 N 2nd St, Phoenix. 602-381-1096 or balletaz.org

Soiree de Ballet (Sat-Sun May 20-21). The Scottsdale School of Ballet presents “The Ballet Class,” along with one-act ballet and a finale of highlights from “Sleeping Beauty.” 7pm Sat, 2:30pm Sun. $41.50; $31.50 child/student. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E Monroe, Phoenix. 602-252-8497 or herbergertheater.org

Spring Performance (Sat-Sun May 27-28). Get a glimpse of the progression in ballet training at The School of Ballet Arizona, from beginning students to advanced-level students on the verge of professional careers. 7pm Sat, 2pm Sun. $35-$45. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix. 602-381-1096 or balletaz.org

Topia (Tues-Sat May 23-Jun 10). Ballet Arizona combines art and the environment in a breathtaking outdoor performance. 8pm. $36. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N Galvin Parkway. 602-381-1096 or balletaz.org

MUSIC

An Evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein (Fri-Sun May 19-21). The Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Theatre bring this timeless music to a semi-staged production, performing hits from “Cinderella,” “South Pacific,” “The Sound of Music” and more. 7:30pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sat-Sun. $33-$93. Symphony Hall, 75 N 2nd St, Phoenix. 602-495-1999 or phoenixsymphony.org

Broadway Blast (Fri-Sat May 5-6). Listen to showstoppers from “Chicago,” “Hair,” “South Pacific” and more presented by North Valley Chorale. 7pm Fri, 3pm Sat. $28; $23 seniors/students. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E Monroe, Phoenix. 602-254-7399 or herbergertheater.org

Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels (Tue May 23). Celtic Women presents the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairead Carlin, Eabha McMahon and violinist Tara McNeill. 7:30pm. $44-113. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St. 480-644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com

First Friday Concert Series (Fri May 5). Enjoy the smooth Latin sounds from Stanley Serrano performing under the stars. Food trucks onsite. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. The Eastmark Great Park, 10100 E Ray Road, Mesa. 480-625-3005 or eastmark.com

Harmony Project Phoenix Concert (Wed May 24). From Mahler to Mariachi, Harmony Project Phoenix will present a showcase from this non-profit music program that builds orchestras and bands. 7:30pm. $5-$10. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St. harmonyprojectphx.org

Mesa Feastival Forest (Saturdays through May 27). Enjoy live music and gourmet food trucks in downtown Mesa. 5:30-9pm. Free. Pioneer Park, 526 E Main St. azfeastivals.com

Music of John Williams (Fri-Sun May 12-14). Hear Williams’ iconic film scores from “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Indiana Jones,” “Jaws” and more. 7:30pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sat-Sun. $45-$85. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix. 602-262-6225 or phoenixsymphony.org

REO Speedwagon (Fri May 5). The band is celebrating its 50th anniversary with songs such as “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run.” 7pm. $45-$85. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N 32nd St, Phoenix. 602-267-1600 or celebritytheatre.com

Saturday Concert Series (Sat Apr 22-Jun 10). Dance along to music from local bands in the outdoor amphitheater. 7-9pm. Free. Superstition Springs Center, 6555 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-396-2570 or superstitionsprings.com

Spring Concert (Sat May 13). More than 300 members of the Phoenix Children’s Chorus perform selections from around the world. 7pm. $11-$20. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St. 602-534-3788 or pcchorus.org

Spring Concert (Tue May 2). Music by the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. 6:30pm. $10. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St. 480-644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com

The Total Package Tour (Fri May 26). Pop icons New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul bring more than two decades of hits to the stage. 7:30pm. $25-$350. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E Jefferson, Phoenix. 602-379-7800 or ticketmaster.com

THEATER

Aida (Thur-Sat May 18-July 1). Elton John’s musical about two princesses and a soldier they both love. 7pm Thur, 7:30pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sat. $30; $22; $18 ages 5-12. Hale Center Theatre, 50 W Page Ave, Gilbert. 480-497-1181 or haletheatrearizona.com

Cinderella Kids (Fri-Sat May 12-13). The rags-to-riches tale of Cinderella and her wicked stepmother in an adaptation of Disney’s timeless animated film. Call for showtimes. Starlight Community Theater, 1611 W Whispering Wind, Phoenix. starlightcommunitytheater.com

Legally Blonde (Fri May 26-Sun Jun 11). Recommended for ages 14-19. Elle Woods tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. 7pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Call for prices. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N 43rd Ave, Glendale. 623-521-8093 or spotlightyouththeatre.org

No Time for Sergeants (through May 13). A heartwarming story of a naive hillbilly who turns the U.S. Air Force upside down in hopes of serving in the infantry. Call for showtimes. $18-$30. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W Page Ave, Gilbert. 480-497-1181 or haletheatrearizona.com

Oliver! (Fri-Sun through May 21). Follow orphaned Oliver Twist on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Times and prices vary. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W Paradise Lann, Peoria. 623-776-8400 or azbroadway.org

Once Upon a Mattress (Fri-Sun through May 14). Ages 12 and older. A spin on the familiar “Princess and the Pea” with side-splitting shenanigans. 7:30pm F–ri-Sat, 2pm Sun. $36; $31 seniors; $14 students. Theater Works at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N 83rd Ave. 623-815-7930 or theaterworks.org

Peter and the Starcatcher (Fri-Sun May 5-14). The story of the boy who would not grow up (Peter Pan) explores the bonds of friendship. 7pm Fri, 2pm Sat-Sun. $15-$17. Sagebrush Theatre, 7020 E 2nd St, Scottsdale. 480-949-7529 or greasepaint.org

Rapunzel (Wed-Sun May 24-June 11). Classic tale about the maiden with really long hair and the prince who loves her. 10am Wed-Sat, 2pm Sat-Sun. $10; $7 children; free for ages 1 and younger with another paid child admission. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W Latham St, Phoenix. 602-262-2050 or azpuppets.org

Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music (Wed-Thur May 3-4). Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and their Sesame Street friends discover instruments they never knew existed. 10:30am and 2pm Sat, 1 and 4:30pm Sun. $20-$65. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St. 602-379-2800 or comericatheatre.com

Seussical Jr. (Thur-Sun May 11-14). This musical combines all of Dr. Seuss’ unforgettable characters. Showtimes vary. $19; $16 ages 12 and younger. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N Vision Way. 623-336-6001 or musicaltheatreofanthem.org

Singing in the Rain Jr. (Thur-Sat May 11-20). The great movie musical comes to the stage. 7pm Thur-Sat, 3pm Sat. $15. Tuscany Theatre, 861 N Higley Road, Gilbert. 480-907-7050 or actorsyouththeatre.org

The Big Bug Circus (Wed-Sun through May 14). A carnival of circus acts starring insect marionettes. 10am Wed-Sat, 2pm Sat-Sun. $10 adults; $7 children. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W Latham St, Phoenix. 602-262-2050 or azpuppets.org

The Book of Mormon (Thur-Sun May 18-28). Recommended for teens and older. Two young Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in northern Uganda, where a brutal warlord is threatening the local population. 7:30pm Tues-Sat, 2pm Sat, 1 and 6:30 Sun. $30-$130. ASU Gammage, 1200 S Forest Ave, Tempe. 480-965-3434 or asugammage.com

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Fri-Sat through May 6). Four siblings find an enormous wardrobe that leads them to a world of adventure. Showtimes vary. Starlight Community Theater, 1611 W Whispering Wind, Phoenix. starlightcommunitytheater.com

The Producers (Fri-Sun through May 7). A Broadway producer and his accountant scheme to produce the most notorious show in history. 7:30pm Thur-Sat, 2pm Sun. $28; $22 seniors and students. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-483-1664 or desertstages.org

The Three Wishes (Wed-Sun May 17-21). A woodcutter and his wife are granted three wishes by a wood elf and use them in increasingly silly ways. 10am Wed-Sat, 2pm Sat-Sun. $10; $7 children. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W Latham St, Phoenix. 602-262-2050 or azpuppets.org

Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure (Sat-Sun Apr 22-May 21). This is “Alice in Wonderland” like you’ve never seen it before. 1 and 4pm Sat, 1pm Sun. $12-$26. Tempe Center for the Arts Theatre, 700 W Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. 480-350-2822 or childsplayaz.org

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Liz Petroff

Calendar Editor Liz Petroff is the mother of Jack (8) and Lucy (6). Send information about your upcoming events to liz@RAKmagazine.com.
 

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