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 Theatre 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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Join Horton the elephant, Gertrude McFuzz and the Cat in the Hat in a madcap musical extravaganza that soars through the limitless imagination of Dr. Seuss. From the tiny land of Who-Ville to the Jungle of Nool, Seuss’ timeless tales leap from page to stage. Most enjoyed by ages 4 and up.
“The song ended and CJ opened his eyes. Everyone on the bus clapped, even the boys in back. Nana glanced at the coin in CJ’s palm. CJ dropped it in the man’s hat. ‘Last stop on Market Street,’ Mr. Dennis called.” CJ and his Nana journey through familiar territory: their own neighborhood. CJ would rather…