Some folks might think that a flying nanny is just what kids want to see, but I can offer an alternative choice that will cost less and might be just as entertaining.
For longer than most of us have been around (in fact, since 1924), Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has been pleasing family audiences with kid-friendly shows. For the most recent iteration of the Tall Stacks festival, the company hit a home run and painted the picket fence with a winning production of Tom Sawyer: A River Adventure.
The show, based on Mark Twain’s classic novel of spirited boys growing up in a river town, proved so popular that Children’s Theatre is offering it in an expanded version for audiences at downtown’s Taft Theatre this weekend and on April 24. (It’s also presented in school performances at the Taft throughout the coming week.) The show features music by David Kisor, who knows how to write songs that kids love — he’s the composer behind all those great holiday fairytale musicals at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati.
Children’s Theatre productions are intended for kids as young as 5, so you can round up a bunch and have a great outing without spending too much.
Tickets are $7-$20. Find showtimes, buy tickets and get venue details here.