Performances for Kids this Summer


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Katie Donovan

This summer your children can be enthralled, amazed, and entertained this summer.  

Mondays and Thursdays in Lebanon, Wednesdays in Hanover

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Many of the Upper Valley local libraries sponsor different performances and activities for children during the summer.  You can see an overview of what's going on during the week check here.  All performances are free.

Wild Encounters Live Animal Show:  Mon. July 17 at Kilton Library at 2 pm.

Mr. Aaron: Wed. July 19 Mr. Aaron plays music to entertain kids of all ages at Howe Library in Hanover.

Beauty and the Beast: Wed. July 28 at 10:30 am at Howe Library in Hanover.

Magician Peter Boie: Mon. July 31 be amazed at 2 pm at the Kilton Library.

If you want to see a full listing of activities and events hosted by local libraries in the Upper Valley you can check out my calendars here: July Special Library Events for Children part 1 and part 2.  I'll be writing August's later.

Mondays in Claremont and Plainfield

IMPACT from Jean's Playhouse performs musicals for children every Monday at 10 am in the air-conditioned Claremont Opera House during the summer (great thing to do on a muggy morning).  They perform at the Plainfield Town Hall at 1 pm on the same day.  $6 

I have copied the descriptions below.

Thumbelina – July 3rd
Thumbelina, a tiny girl, uses her imaginative and ingenious spirit to be true to her own heart.
Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen

The Bremen Town Musicians – July 10th
An aging donkey, dog, cat, and rooster, all discarded by their masters, band together and discover delight in their new found freedom! Based on the story by the Brothers Grimm

The Nightingale – July 17th
The Emperor falls in love with the song of the nightingale until he finds a bejeweled mechanical bird, but when he becomes sick who comes to his aid? Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen

Snow White and Rose Red – July 24th
Snow White and Rose Red are generous and kind. Confronted by both a dwarf and a bear, one day, the girls are in awe when things resolve unexpectedly.  Based on the story by the Brothers Grimm

Momotaro-Ogre Hunter – July 31st
Momotarō and his friends a talking dog, monkey and pheasant go to a distant island to fight the marauding ogres and save their village. Based on a Japanese fairy tale

How the Rainbow was Made – August 7th
Nanabozho, an Ojibwe spirit, deciding the world is too boring brings out his paints to color the flowers, and the day takes an unexpected turn.  A creation tale from the Ojibwe Nation

Humpelken-Pumpelken or the Adventures of Humpty Dumpty – August 14th 
Humpelken-Pumpelken and her friends defend the town of Eggland as it is attacked by a devious chef and his crew!  Based on an English Nursery Rhyme

Thursdays in Lebanon

Every Thurs. at noon Lebanon has performances for children on the green.  If it rains the performances are held in the First Congregational Church.  I love the poster they made which includes the dates and performances; you can see it below.  Last year I saw a few of these shows with my son and we loved them.  All performances are free.

Saturdays at the New London Barn Playhouse

The New London Barn Playhouse has a summer children's theatre with shows on Saturdays at 11 am and 2 pm (except two).  Kids over two pay their age and adults pay $14.

Bookworms!: Saturday, July 1st, 2017, 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM 

The Snow Queen: Saturday, July 15th, 2017, 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Romeo & Juliet: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017, 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM, FREE TO THE PUBLIC!  Outdoor location TBD.

Stuart Little: Thursday, July 27th, 2017, 11:00 AM and 2:00 Pm

Seussical: Thursday, August 17th and Saturday, August 19th, 2017, 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

If You Want to Try Youth Theatre

If you have an older child who wants to try theatre, this article can give you playhouses to look into for youth theatre programs.  You can also check out the Performer's Playground in Newport for acting opportunities as well.

I'm happy to add any location I missed.

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