Here’s a look at live stage shows for the holiday season specifically geared to younger audience members.
“Santa’s Magical Christmas” (Friday-Dec. 15) at Crown Uptown, 3207 E. Douglas. Original holiday musical by the late Ted Morris that’s become a local tradition. Friday and Saturday matinees only. Doors open at 11 a.m., child-friendly lunch buffet at 11:15 a.m., show at 12:30 p.m. Tickets: $11.95 under age 12, $13.95 adults. Call 316-612-7696 or visit www.crownuptown.com.
“Babes in Toyland” (Dec. 7-9) for Music Theatre for Young People, performed at Mary Jane Teall Theater in Century II, 225 W. Douglas. Victor Herbert’s classic operetta built around Mother Goose characters mixed into a romantic holiday fantasy featuring beloved songs like “Toyland” and “March of the Toys.” Shows at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 students, available through WichitaTix at 316-219-4849 or www.wichitatix.com.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” (Dec. 14-16) for Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Center, performed at Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Funny and touching comedy about children reinterpreting what they think is the real meaning of Christmas during a school pageant. For ages 8 and up. Tickets $6, ages 5 and older. 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 15, 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Call 316-262-2282 or visit www.wctdc.com.
“Celebrate! A Christmas to Remember” (Dec. 12-13) for Signature Theatre, performed at Scottish Rite Auditorium, 332 E. First St. Annual holiday musical revue showcasing patriotic and religious music, from pop music to classical, from Christian to Jewish traditions. Shows at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13, doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10, $7 students. Call 316-263-4218.
“The Littlest Angel” (Dec. 15-16) for Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Center, performed at Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Charming, heart-touching musical about a boy who arrives in heaven before his time and journeys back to Earth to find the perfect gift for the baby Jesus. For ages 8 and up. Tickets $6. Shows at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Call 316-262-2282.