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Fall Arts Preview 2012: Family Theater, Music and Dance in Greater Seattle

This year’s fall arts season provides more opportunities than ever to expose your kids to top-notch theater, dance and music — often very affordably (see related article “It’s a Deal”).

Mark your top picks for keeping your family learning, laughing, and inspired all season. And check back here for updates. Did we miss something? Email us at emurray@parentmap.com.


Grease, Sept. 7–22
The rollicking musical about Rydell High’s senior class of 1959. Renton Civic Theatre, Carco Theatre [RENTON]

Huck Finn Village TheatreBig River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Sept. 12–Oct. 21, Oct. 26–Nov. 18
Mark Twain’s great American novel is retold by Huckleberry Finn himself in this Tony Award–winning musical that’s chock-full of bluegrass, blues and country tunes by Roger Miller. Ages 8 and older. Village Theatre [ISSAQUAH, EVERETT]

Duck for President, Sept. 14–30
This sequel to Click, Clack, Moo, Duck for President is a hilarious tale about a duck who decides to run for office. A great pick for the fall election season. SecondStory Repertory Theatre  [REDMOND]

Celebrate Seattle, Sept. 16
A multimedia celebration of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 40th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair, featuring famous movie music paired with Stravinsky, Bizet, Dvořák and Beethoven. Pacific Northwest Ballet, McCaw Hall.  [SEATTLE CENTER]

Cinderella PNBCinderella, Sept. 21–30
This breathtaking ballet stars Prokofiev’s evocative score and a rich array of character roles — from silly stepsisters to tiny dancing pumpkins to a gentle, handsome prince. Pacific Northwest Ballet, McCaw Hall  [SEATTLE]

Alex Zerbe, Sept. 2123

Two-time Guinness World Record holder Alex Zerbe brings his electrifying show The Zaniac to the Youth Theatre mainstage, with physical comedy of controlled chaos, juggling, and laugh-out-loud fun. Youth Theatre Northwest [MERCER ISLAND]

Fall Free for All, Sept. 22–23
A free community arts festival with more than 75 music, dance, drama, film, and children’s events and activities. Broadway Center for the Performing Arts  [TACOMA]

The Cat in the Hat, Sept. 27–Oct. 28
Originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain, Seattle Children’s Theatre’s season opener brings the iconic Dr. Seuss character to life with humor, puppetry and physicality. All ages. Seattle Children's Theatre.  [SEATTLE]

A Celebration of Woody Guthrie’s 100th Birthday, Sept. 29
Northwest duo The Wanderers and recording artist/Guthrie expert Joel Rafael pay tribute to the life of an American folk-music hero. Includes a sing-along. Seattle Folklore Society, Phinney Neighborhood Center. [PHINNEY/GREENWOOD]

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