This is the time of year when theater and dance companies stage holiday productions targeted at children. Here are four to consider. Act quickly because all of the shows are very popular:
1) Wichita Children's Theatre & Dance Center will present " A Christmas Carol" for ages 10 and up at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Tickets are $5.50. Make reservations by calling 316-262-2282.
2) Crown Uptown Theatre will present the musical comedy Santa's Christmas Clown today and Saturday. A buffet lunch will be served at 11:15 a.m. each day with the show at 12:15; doors open at 11. The theater is at 3207 E. Douglas. Tickets are $9.95. Make reservations at 316-681-1566.
3) Wichita Children's Theatre & Dance Center has a participatory show for children ages 2 to 8 called " Toyland." It will be presented at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the center, 201 Lulu. Tickets are $5.50 for the show, or $7 for pizza and the show. Reservations, 316-262-2282.
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4) " The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is targeted at kids 5 and up. It will be presented by Wichita Children's Theatre at 10 a.m. and 1 and 7 p.m. today, 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Tickets are $5.50. Reservations, 316-262-2282.
Tickets are no longer available to " The Nutcracker" production by Friends University Ballet and Wichita Ballet Theatre. All three performances this weekend are sold out.