We’ve been attending the Children’s Theater performances at A.D. Players for a little over a year now. Our family has enjoyed plays based on books like The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Bunnicula as well as adaptations of fairy tales like Cinderella and Thumbelina. Lasting approximately an hour, these are the perfect introduction to theater for kids of all ages.
After the show, the cast remains on stage to answer questions from the audience about everything from acting and props to decisions about differences from the books. While videography and photography are prohibited during the performance, the actors will line up after the performance and pose for pictures with your children/family. The cast also gladly autographs a cast photo (purchased for $1) or your program. We have found all cast members to be kind, engaging, and deeply interested in the children’s questions and comments.
Recommended ages: All ages. We’ve attended with infants through high school with all having a wonderful time. On occasion the length of a show may prove to be too much for some toddlers.
Anything we wish was different? Because they do not sell concessions during the day time shows, it would be nice if they would allow snacks in the theater. This would be especially helpful to families with small children. Their current policy is bottled water only.
How do I set up a trip? The shows are open to the public. Individual tickets are $12/each and can be purchased online or by phone. Group rates are available for $6/each with a minimum of 15 attendees. A 25% deposit is required and final payment is due 2 weeks before the show.
A note about parking. The “Three Maps to Bethlehem” production was held this year at the St. Luke’s Rotunda. However, unlike years past, most shows are now at the Mainstage Theater. There isn’t a lot of parking, so carpooling is highly recommended if feasible. Parking is free.
What else is there to do nearby? The Mainstage theater is located less than 5 miles (approx 10min drive) from Hermann Park and the Museum District. If you want spend the whole day out, consider an afternoon at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, or any of the sights Hermann Park offers.
“The Jungle Book” will be on stage from April 16th – May 4th. Mowgli has been raised and protected by the Seeonee wolf pack his entire life, but his mortal enemy, the vicious tiger Shere Khan, has a plan to scatter the pack. It will take all the wisdom Mowgli has learned from his friends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther to survive the tiger’s vengeful scheme. This thrilling adventure is about growing up and the strength of true friendship.
For those on a strict budget, or to just enjoy the performance again: “The Jungle Book” will also be at Miller Outdoor Theatre on May 30th at 11am. All Miller Outdoor Theatre performances are free.