Taking kids to the theatre is much more fun if the content of a play is something they’ll enjoy. This is where theatre productions specifically meant for children create a winning situation–exposure to the world of theatre without the parental worry of children’s behavior and theatrical content.
In the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, there are several venues that offer children’s theatre productions. The Children’s Theatre Company, located in the same building as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, is perhaps the most famous, but we’ve found an excellent, and more reasonably-priced, alternative just to the west in the suburb of Hopkins.
Stages Theatre Company puts on plays and musicals that are often based on popular children’s literature. We saw a rendition of Nancy Carlson’s “I Like Me,” and productions for its upcoming season include “Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type” and “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.” Located in a modern building in downtown Hopkins, the productions are designed for children, right down to the reminders to use the bathroom before the play starts and the boosters that sit on the theatre seats, allowing even little ones to see the play.
Not only did our children enjoy the play we saw at Stages, but we adults did as well. The quality of the local talent is excellent, and the play was enjoyable for all ages.
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Linda (minnemom) writes about fun things to do with kids in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
She blogs at Travels with Children.