Long Island Children’s Theatre Round-Up: September/October

Autumn is finally here! As the air begins to chill, an indoor morning or afternoon of theatre is just what the doctor ordered! Fortunately, Long Island theatres offers a wide variety of productions across Nassau and Suffolk County.

Here are some great options for the whole family this autumn:

“Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr.” at Smithtown PAC

Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar JR. will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”

Where: 2 East Main St, Smithtown, NY 11787
When: September 14th to October 27th, Saturdays at 2 p.m., Sundays at 11 a.m.
Tickets: $18

“High School Musical” at the Merrick Theatre

Disney’s “High School Musical On Stage!” centers on the blossoming relationship between Troy, a high school jock, and Gabriella, the new smart girl at school. They meet on a family vacation and become attracted to each other while singing in a karaoke competition. Rediscovering each other at school, their relationship and their surprise decision to audition together for the school show are thwarted by the school’s current leading lady, Sharpay, and Troy and Gabriella’s well-meaning friends. Finally, Gabriella and Troy find a way to be themselves and are rewarded with the lead roles in the school show. Full of catchy songs and exciting dance routines, Disney’s High School Musical on Stage! explores issues of friendship, first love, and acceptance.

Where: 2222 Hewlett Avenue, Merrick NY, 11566
When: September 14h to October 19th, Saturdays at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $15, Call the box office at 516-868-6400 to reserve tickets today

“The Wizard of Oz” at the John W. Engeman Theater

“The Wizard of OZ” is based on the classic story by L. Frank Baum and is presented as a fresh new musical comedy, containing adventure, friendly characters and humor. People of all ages will enjoy this colorful classic fairy tale from somewhere over the rainbow!

Where: 250 Main Street Northport, NY 11768
When: September 28th to October 27th, Saturdays at 11 a.m. & Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets: $15

“The Wizard of Oz” at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts

The cast of the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts’ “The Wizard of Oz” at Local Burger in Bay Shore

Families and theatre-goers on the South Shore can join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Lion, and the rest of the gang down the yellow brick road for a one morning only performance of this beloved musical in Bay Shore. Sponsored by Local Burger, right down the road from the theater, each ticket can be redeemed for one free milkshake after the show!

Where: 37 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY, 11706
When: Sunday September 29th at 11 a.m.
Tickets: $12

“A Kooky Spooky Halloween” at Theatre Three

“A Kooky Spooky Halloween” is a merry musical about a ghost who’s afraid of the dark! Recently graduated spirit Abner Perkins is assigned to the Aberdeen Boarding House–known for its spectral sightings and terrific toast. Here, Abner finds himself cast into a company of its wacky residents. When his secret is revealed, he is forced to leave his haunted home and set-off on a quest with his newly found friends. On this journey to find spook-tacular promise, Abner and company learn the power of helping others.

Where: 412 Main St. Port Jefferson, NY 11777
When: October 5th to October 26th, Saturdays at 11 a.m, Sunday Oct. 20 at 3 p.m., Sensory-friendly performance Sunday, October 6 at 11 a.m.
Tickets: $10

“Halloween Spooktacular” at CM Performing Arts Center

Hosted by your favorite ghosts, goblins and ghouls! Come in your favorite Halloween costume and join us for an interactive event to get you in the Halloween spirit! This event will include face painting, games, and more!

Where: The Onyx Theatre (to the left of the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre) at 931 Montauk Hwy, Oakdale, NY 11769
When: Saturday October 19th at 2 p.m. and Saturday Octber 26th at 11 a.m.
Tickets: Call (631) 218 – 2810 to reserve

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