Bravo! Inexpensive theater weekends in November around the Seacoast!

Do you know how much Hamilton tickets are going for these days? Neither do I, but I bet it’s a lot. Here’s the good news—you can see plenty of live theater here on the Seacoast for much less. What a great way to introduce kids to the local arts without breaking the bank.

Check out all the upcoming productions happening around the Seacoast.

Alice Through the Looking Glass
PCA Players Lower School, Dover NH
Thursday and Friday, November 8 & 9 at 6:30pm and Saturday, November 10 at 2:00pm
Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic squeal to “Wonderland,” “Alice: Through the Looking Glass” follows a young girl on a comical and harrowing adventure through her own thoughts. Alice will match wits with the likes of Humpty Dumpty, The Mad Hatter, Tweedledee and Tweedledum as well as the royalty from her own chess set. All the while the Jabberwocky is lurking in the background. Will Alice cross the land of zany characters and become a Queen or will she simply lose herself in the woods and remain a Pawn in someone else’s game? “Who’s dream do you think this is anyway?” Visit pcaschool.org for more details.

Mary Poppins, Jr.
Garrison Players, Rollinsford NH
Friday-Saturday November 2, 3 & 9 at 7:00pm, Saturday-Sunday November 3, 4 & 10 at 2:00pm
Your favorite practically perfect nanny takes center stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.” Tickets are just $13 and available at garrisonplayer.org, by calling 603-750-4278 or at the door. All shows are held at the Garrison Players Arts Center, 449 Roberts Road in Rollinsford.

Bye Bye Birdie
Garrison Players, Rollinsford NH
Friday-Saturday, November 10,16 & 17 at 7:00pm, Saturday-Sunday, November 11, 17 & 18 at 2:00pm
This Young Performers’ Edition is a one-hour adaptation of BYE BYE BIRDIE, specially tailored for elementary and middle school-aged actors. A loving send-up of the 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, BYE BYE BIRDIE remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses all-American girl Kim McAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Featuring a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts for kids, and a hilarious script, BIRDIE remains one of the most popular shows in schools across the country. Tickets are $13 and can be purchased at garrisonplayers.org, by calling 603-750-4278 or at the door.  All shows are held at the Garrison Players Arts Center, 449 Roberts Road in Rollinsford.

Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.
Rochester Performance and Arts Center, Rochester NH
Friday-Saturday, November 2 & 3 at 7:30pm, Saturday-Sunday, November 3 & 4 at 2pm
The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character. Tickets $15 for adults and $12 for students, seniors and military and may be purchased at the RPAC box office (32 North Main Street), over the phone (603-948-1099), or online. Discounted tickets are available in person and over the phone. 

James and the Giant Peach
Rochester Opera House, Rochester NH
Friday, November 16 at 7pm, Saturday, November 17 at 11am and Sunday, November 18 at 2pm
Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach is now a Theatre for Young Audiences musical for the whole family to enjoy! Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. Magical Story & quirky characters promote friendship, kindness, forgiveness, confidence in facing fear, and the meaning of family and home. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach… and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach – among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities – but, after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online.

“Shrek” The Musical
Portsmouth High School, Portsmouth, NH
Friday & Saturday, November 9-10 and 16-17 at 7:00pm, Sunday, November 11 & 18 at 2:00pm
Based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek. For more information, visit their website

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