Kids can take a little convincing that people in costume aren’t scary, but fun — and Portland’s rich collection of children’s theater companies offer just the introduction they need. Kids already under the spell of the stage will delight in fantastical productions featuring acrobats, puppets and more.
Northwest Children’s Theater offers vibrant, accessible productions, often based on classic books, that can be enjoyed by kids as young as four years old. Acclaimed Oregon Children’s Theater aims a bit older, dabbling in rock opera and exploring world affairs. (Both of these companies also offer summer camps for blossoming performers.)
The beloved kids’ shows at Imago Theatre feature acrobatic actors dressed as frogs, cats and a menagerie of other creatures who dance, mime, delight and surprise. (These wordless performances are equally appropriate for viewers who don’t speak English.)
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Since 1989, OBT has thrilled Portland audiences with its annual performances of the Nutcracker. Last year this cherished tradition was suspended leaving an empty stage in place of our beloved production. As we return to a more familiar world, we do so with a sense that nothing can be taken for granted – especially a…
This adaptation of the beloved Nutcracker story has become a Portland family tradition that continues to sell out each year for all performances. Follow Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they conquer the Rat King, journey through the magical Snow Kingdom, and visit the Land of Sweets. With beautifully crafted sets and costumes, this holiday…
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