January Theater & Dance

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A wide variety of arts for families starts this month — including "Pinocchio" at The Belcourt.

 

AVENUE Q

Jan. 10 – 20 | Ages 18+
615-332-7529 | circleplayers.net
Circle Players at Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. Thu – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. $15 – $20. This puppet-infused comedy is NOT for kids! The irreverent musical explores the challenges of young adult life, from falling in love to finding one’s purpose to alternative uses for the Internet.

BEAR HUG/ABRAZO DE OSO

Monday, Jan. 28 | All ages
615-832-5242 | nashvilleopera.org
Noah Liff Opera Center, 3622 Redmon St., Nashville. 4 p.m. Free admission. Catch a sneak peek of Nashville Opera’s first bilingual children’s opera. It tells the story of four bears from different countries who look different and speak different languages. They discover that they are more alike than unalike.

CHARLOTTE’S WEB

Friday, Jan. 25 | All ages
615-538-2076 | franklintheatre.com
Act Too Players at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 7 p.m. $13 – $25. E.B. White’s beloved story of friendship between a farm pig and a talented spider.

CHICAGO: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION

Jan. 26 – 27 | Ages 13+
615-538-2076 | franklintheatre.com
Act Too Players at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. Sat 4 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 12 & 4 p.m. $13 – $25. The teen cast presents the sensational story of sin, murder, corruption and all that jazz. This adaptation removes the adult language and overtly sexual references.

C.S. LEWIS’ THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS

Jan. 18 – 19 | Ages 13+
615-252-4675 | tpac.org
TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Fri 8 p.m., Sat 4 p.m. $41 – $61. Set in an eerily stylish office in Hell, one of Satan’s senior tempters, Screwtape, schemes meticulously to capture the soul of an unsuspecting human on earth.

DISNEY’S 101 DALMATIANS KIDS

Jan. 18 – 19 | All ages
615-538-2076 | franklintheatre.com
Act Too Players at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. Fri 5 & 7:30 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. $13 – $25. The classic tale of kidnapping villains and courageous puppies.

DISNEY’S NEWSIES

Jan. 11 – 27 | All ages
615-904-2787 | boroarts.org
Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro. Fri – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students, $11 children. Newsboys go on strike in 1899 New York in this musical about fighting for what’s right.

FOUR OLD BROADS

Jan. 11 – 20 | Ages 12+
615-598-8950 | encore-theatre-company.org
Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. Fri – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $12 youth. A retired burlesque queen wants to embark on a sassy seniors cruise if she can convince her best friend to stop praying and go with her.

GHOST

Jan. 17 – Feb. 3 | Ages 10+
615-252-4675 | nashvillect.org
Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville. Jan. 17 6:30 p.m., Fri 7 p.m., Sat – Sun 2 p.m. (no Sun show on Jan. 20). $21 adults, $16 children. Castle Crenshaw, aka Ghost, has been running his entire life, but for all the wrong reasons. Then he meets an Olympic medalist who sees his unique, raw talent.

JULIUS CAESAR

Jan. 10 – 27 | All ages
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Nashville Shakespeare Festival at Belmont’s Troutt Theater, 2112 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. Thu – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $18 – $30. This political thriller tells the story of the assassination of Rome’s charismatic dictator.

JULIUS CAESAR

Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 | All ages
nashvilleshakes.org
Nashville Shakespeare Festival at MTSU’s Tucker Theatre, 615 Champion Way, Murfreesboro. Thu – Sat 7:30 p.m. $18 – $30. This political thriller tells the story of the assassination of Rome’s charismatic dictator.

ON GOLDEN POND

Jan. 25 – Feb. 9 | Ages 10+
615-791-5007 | pull-tight.com
Pull-Tight Theater, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin. Thu – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $18 adults, $12 students. Family wounds are uncovered and lessons are learned within three generations of a family.

ON YOUR FEET!

Jan. 15 – 20 | All ages
615-782-4040 | tpac.org
TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Tue – Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m. $45 – $90. The New York Times calls it a “fresh, flashy and undeniably crowd-pleasing new musical.” On Your Feet! chronicles Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s humble beginnings in Cuba and coming to America where they broke music industry barriers. From the formation of Miami Sound Machine to Gloria’s sensational solo career, On Your Feet! takes audiences inside the real story and is chock full of uptempo dance numbers that made Gloria a superstar.

Kids’ Night on Broadway is opening night — Tuesday, Jan. 15. From 6:30 – 7:15 p.m., kids of all ages can enjoy activities at coloring and music stations. They can also create colorful flowers to contribute to an inspiration wall.

In addition, Kids’ Night on Broadway includes a special buy-one-get-one-free ticket deal that’s good for opening night only. Use promo code KIDSNIGHT19. The offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets.

PINOCCHIO

Jan. 26 – Feb. 16 | All ages
615-383-9140 | belcourt.org
Olde Worlde Theatre at The Belcourt, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville. Sat 10 a.m. $10. The theatrical adventure of a wooden puppet’s quest to become a real boy.

SECONDHAND WINGS

Jan. 31 – Feb. 10 | All ages
615-818-7358 | thetheaterbug.org
The Theater Bug, 4809 Gallatin Pike, Nashville. Thu – Sun 7 p.m. $15 adults, $5 students (online tickets). This original production is presented in conjunction with The Rainbow Squad, East Nashville’s first middle school LGBTQ+ group as well as members of the trans community. The show is an allegory about trans youth and centers around a young child’s eagerness to learn the words and meanings for things discovered in the world.

SHEN YUN

Jan. 22 – 23 | Ages 5+
615-721-2999 | shenyun.com
TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Tue 7:30 p.m., Wed 2 p.m. $80 – $180. Travel back to the world of ancient China through the art of classical Chinese dance with high-tech backdrops, colorful costumes and a live orchestra. Ages 4 & younger not admitted.

SHREK JR.

Jan. 19 – 20 | All ages
615-538-2076 | franklintheatre.com
Act Too Players at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. Sat 4 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 1 & 4 p.m. $13 – $25. The youth cast presents the story of everyone’s favorite ogre and his adventures to rescue a princess.

SHREK THE MUSICAL

Jan. 26 – 27 | All ages
615-538-2076 | franklintheatre.com
Act Too Players at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. Sat 12 p.m., Sun 7:30 p.m. $13 – $25. The teen cast presents the story of everyone’s favorite ogre and his adventures to rescue a princess.

WHO’S ON FIRST?

Jan. 17 – Feb. 2 | Ages 12+
615-646-9977 | dinnertheatre.com
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu 12 p.m. (plus 7:30 on Jan. 17), Fri – Sat 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 27 at 12 p.m. $16 – $60 evening shows, $19 – $27.50 matinees. Take four friends, a strange lamp, a gun, a rubber chicken and a party that repeats itself over and over.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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