While seeing the latest blockbuster at your neighborhood movie theater is always fun, there is nothing like seeing a live show in person. And with our rainy, cold days of winter, it’s nice to have the option of warming up at a local theatre with a heart-warming tale. From a live radio show recording, to the return of Caspar Babypants, to a musical based on a popular children’s book series, scroll through the gallery to see what’s playing in February.

photo: StoryBook Theater

"Pinnochio"

Pinocchio, a little wooden boy, yearns to be real so he can read, run and make friends like other children do. But his new friends, the clever Cat and Fox, have other plans for this eager-to-please talking puppet. Can Pinocchio manage to outwit his devious friends, tell the truth and learn from his mistakes? You'll have to see the show to find out. 

Good to Know: There are sensory-friendly performances on Jan. 27 and Feb. 4 and an ASL Interpreted performances on Feb. 11 (see below). Weekday matinee performances are just $9!

Dates: Now through Mar. 15, 2018
Running Time: 55 minutes
Age Recommendation: 3-10
Tickets: $9-$15

StoryBook Theater will present this show at the following locations and dates:

Renton Carco Theatre
1717 Maple Valley Hwy.
Renton, Wa 98057
Dates: Now through Feb. 1, 2018 

Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Ave.
Kirkland, Wa 98033
Dates: Feb. 2-16, 2018 (Sensory-friendly performance on Feb. 4 at 1:30 p.m.; ASL Interpreted performances on Feb. 11)

Hales Palladium
4301 Leary Way N.W.
Seattle, Wa 98107
Date: Feb. 25, 2018

Everett PUD Auditorium
2320 California St.
Everett, Wa 98201
Dates: Feb. 27-Mar. 9, 2018

Shoreline Conference Center
18560 1st Ave NE
Shoreline, Wa 98155
Dates: Mar. 10-15, 2018

StoryBook Theater
425-820-1800
Online: storybooktheater.org

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photo: Caspar Babypants

Caspar Babypants

While some people know him as Chris Ballew, the lead singer and songwriter for The Presidents of the United States of America, kids from all over the Puget Sound know the musician better as Caspar Babypants. And these days, when he's not busy writing music, he’s making music for babes, toddlers and their parents with a goal to provide simple, timeless and high quality relaxing imaginative music for parents and kids to enjoy together.

Date: Feb. 3, 2018
Running Time: 1 hour
Age Recommendation: All
Tickets: $6
Times: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., so plan around nap time!

The Historic Everett Theatre
2911 Colby Ave.
Everett, Wa 98201
425-258-6766
Online: historiceveretttheatre.org

Date: Feb. 4, 2018
Running Time: 1 hour
Age Recommendation: All
Tickets: $8-$10 (under 1 Free); this is a SSC Parent Advisory Council fundraiser
Time: 10:30 a.m.

South Seattle Community College at The Brockey Center
6000 16th Ave. S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98106
Online: eventbrite.com/e/caspar-babypants-ssc-parent-advisory-council-fundraiser-tickets-41158972595

Date: Feb. 10, 2018
Running Time: 1 hour
Age Recommendation: All
Tickets: Free
Time: 10:30 a.m.

Top Pot Doughnuts - Ballard Cafe
1416 N.W. 46th St.
Seattle, Wa 98107
Online: toppotdoughnuts.com/cafe-info.html

photo: SecondStory Repertory

"A Thousand Cranes"

This is the true and poignant story of Sadako Sasaki who was just two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on the small city of Hiroshima where she lived. The star of her school's running team, Sadako is lively and athletic...until the dizzy spells start. Then, she must face the hardest race of her life - the race against time.

Good to Know: SecondStory Repertory is located within Redmond Towne Center

Dates: Now through Feb. 3, 2018
Age Recommendation: 6 & older
Tickets: $12

SecondStory Repertory
7325 166th Ave. N.E., Suite F250
Redmond, Wa 98052
425-881-6777
Online: secondstoryrepertory.org

photo: Seattle Children's Theatre

"The Little Prince"

Based on the book of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince will be treasured by fans of The Secret Garden and Into the West. The journey begins when a stranded aviator meets a young boy from a small, faraway asteroid. Together, they travel across the universe to meet many unusual people from other planets. Your kids will love this treasured tale and you will be reminded about the importance of innocence and boundless love.

Good to Know: There is an audio described performance on Feb. 10 at 1 p.m.

Dates: Now through Mar. 4, 2018
Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes (including intermission)
Age Recommendation: 6 & older
Tickets: $22-$39

Seattle Children’s Theatre
201 Thomas St.
Seattle, WA 98109
206-441-3322
Online: sct.org

photo: Seattle Children's Theatre

"The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559"

Witness the story of 12-year-old Ben Uchida, a Japanese-American boy whose life is changed forever following the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor in this play based on the Dear America series books by Barry Deneberg. This work is just another example of SCT’s dedication to providing bold, honest narratives to kids as the theatre aims to inspire empathy and compassion.

Good to Know: There is an ASL Interpreted performance and an audio described performance on Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. and a sensory-friendly performance on Feb. 25 at 1 pm.

Dates: Feb. 8-Mar. 4, 2018
Running Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes (no intermission)
Age Recommendation: 9 & older
Tickets: $22-$39

Seattle Children’s Theatre
201 Thomas St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
206-441-3322
Online: sct.org

photo: Driftwood Theatre

"To Kill a Mockingbird"

Scout, a young girl in a quiet southern town, is about to experience dramatic events that will affect the rest of her life. This play illustrates the social issues of her time. Scout’s father, a lawyer, is defending a young black man wrongfully accused of a grave crime. This dramatization of the touching classic tale is a meaningful work of art relevant to our society today.

Good to Know: There is an ASL interpreted performance on Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.

Dates: Feb. 9-25, 2018
Age Recommendation: 12 & older
Tickets: $25-$28

Driftwood Theatre
Wade James Theatre
950 Main St.
Edmonds, Wa 98020
Online: edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org

photo: Kirkland Performance Center

"Twisted Flicks: King Kong Escapes"

Get ready for a Twisted Flicks take on King Kong Escapes! Jet City Improv’s Twisted Flicks is Seattle’s only live movie re-dubbing show that merges improv comedy with classic B movies for a hilarious cinematic experience like none other. What is Twisted Flicks? As the film plays, the improvisers create all new dialog for the characters, sound effects and live music – completely improvised using the suggestions provided by the audience.

Date: Feb. 10, 2018
Age Recommendation: 10 & up
Tickets: $16-$24

Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Ave.
Kirkland, Wa 98033
425-893-9900
Online: kpcenter.org

photo: Tacoma Musical Playhouse

"Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical"

As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying, to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polkadot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship. Inspired by Civil Rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine, Polkadots serves as a colorful history lesson for the world, reminding us that our differences make us awesome, not outcasts.

Dates: Feb. 10-18, 2018
Age Recommendation: 5 & up
Tickets: $12-$15

Tacoma Musical Playhouse
7116 6th Ave.
Tacoma, Wa 98406
253-565-6867
Online: tmp.org

Imagination Theater

This month, introduce your kids to a live radio theater recording! Mystery, drama, and laughter abound in America’s leading radio drama series regularly featuring Private Detective Harry Nile and tales of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Recorded live at the Kirkland Performance Center, America’s leading radio drama series is heard from coast to coast on over 50 radio stations in North America, including KIXI in Seattle.

Date: Feb. 12, 2018
Age Recommendation: 10 & up
Tickets: $20

Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Ave.
Kirkland, Wa 98033
425-893-9900
Online: kpcenter.org

photo: SecondStory Repertory

"Junie B. Jones: The Musical"

It's Junie B.'s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie's friend, Lucille doesn't want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal," and first grade has never been more exciting.

Good to Know: SecondStory Repertory is located within Redmond Towne Center. $6 discount tickets available on Sundays for kids ages 1-3.

Dates: Feb. 17–Mar. 18, 2018
Age Recommendation: All
Tickets: $6-$12

SecondStory Repertory
7325 166th Ave. NE., Suite F250
Redmond, Wa 98052
425-881-6777
Online: secondstoryrepertory.org

Know of another great show playing this month? Tell us in the comments below!

—Jeffrey Totey

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