One great way to make memories with your kiddos is by taking them to a family-friendly show or theatrical performance. If you don’t want to spend an arm and leg on tickets, how about trying out Goldstar? Goldstar offers discounts of 50% or so off popular venues like the Seattle Children’s Theatre, Teatro ZinZanni, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and more. They do charge a small service fee per ticket, but it’s still a great way to save off the full ticket price.
Here’s what I’m seeing for the Seattle area, but if you live elsewhere, be sure to check out Goldstar yourself as they offer discounts on events nationwide:
Disney’s Aladdin: The Hit Broadway Musical at the Paramount: $24-$69 + fees (full price $33-$103)
The Paramount Theatre (Seattle)
Available dates: 10/19, 10/22, 10/24-10/29
Disney’s Aladdin begins at the Paramount Theatre this week and great seats are still available. Check out the special mid-week matinees! From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Hailed by USA Today as “Pure Genie-Us,” Aladdin features all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony Award winner Tim Rice (The Lion King, Aida), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten!), this “Fabulous” and “Extravagant” (The New York Times) new musical boasts an incomparable design team, with sets, costumes and lighting from Tony Award winners Bob Crowley (Mary Poppins), Gregg Barnes (Kinky Boots), and Natasha Katz (An American in Paris). See why audiences and critics agree, Aladdin is “Exactly What You Wish For!” (NBC-TV).
Go, Dog. Go! Brings P.D. Eastman Book to Life: $11-$19.50 + fees (full price $22-$39)
Seattle Children’s Theatre, Eve Alford Theatre (Seattle)
Available dates: 10/19-10/22, 10/27-10/29, 11/2-11/3, 11/10, 11/16-11/17, 11/22, 11/24
Rev up your engines and get ready to howl as Seattle Children’s Theatre presents Go, Dog, Go! This fun children’s musical based on P.D. Eastman’s famous book explodes on stage with high-spirited singing, zooming cars, construction zone chaos, and up-all-night antics that will have the whole family in stitches. Big dogs, little dogs, dogs at work and dogs at play all delve into life with gusto, with lots for audiences of all ages to marvel at. The madcap party never stops when these zany canines leap off the page and onto the stage in one of the most inventive adaptations in SCT history.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins: Musical Based on Beloved Children’s Book: $11-$19.50 + fees (full price $22-$39)
Seattle Children’s Theatre, Charlotte Martin Theatre (Seattle)
Available dates: 11/11-11/12, 11/16-11/19, 11/22, 11/24-11/26
An out-of-work Mr. Popper is stuck at home daydreaming of adventures in far-off lands while Mrs. Popper scrimps and saves just to put food on the table. When Popper receives a family of penguins from Antarctic explorer Admiral Drake, the couple has a lot of extra mouths to feed on a tight budget. Mr. Popper trains the penguins to perform and takes their show on the road, leading to mischief, hilarity and dreams come true in this spirited family musical. Based on the classic 1938 children’s book by Richard and Florence Atwater, the flipper-filled fun waddles from the page to the stage — complete with puppets and song-and-dance numbers — at Seattle Children’s Theatre.
Shopkins Live! Lights Up the Stage: $31.50-$40.50 + fees (full price $46.24-$56.76)
McCaw Hall (Seattle)
Available date: 11/5
Shopkins Live! lights up the stage in this premiere live production packed with show-stopping performances featuring the Shoppies. Join Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette and Polli Polish as they perform the coolest dance moves, sing the latest pop songs, and show off the trendiest fashions. All of Shopville is in a tizzy as preparations get underway for the annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair.” Shady Diva showcases her latest fashion designs; Lippy Lips gives colorful advice at the nail salon; Kooky Cookie tries to get in a beauty nap! But wait! No event is complete without a few hiccups! Who has high-jinxed the fashion pageant? Where is the super-secret celebrity guest? Will Slick Breadstick ever find a dance partner? The Shopkins and Shoppies need your help — the show must go on! Featuring innovative set design, creative costuming and state of the art projections, this is one family theatrical event at Seattle’s McCaw Hall you don’t want to miss!
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer TYA: A Musical for All Ages: $7.50 + fees (full price $15)
Tacoma Musical Playhouse (Tacoma)
Available dates: 10/28-10/29, 11/4-11/5
Mark Twain’s lovable little scamp Tom Sawyer comes alive on the stage of the Tacoma Musical Playhouse in this musical version of America’s favorite book. Set in a bustling 1840s town on the banks of the Mississippi river, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer follows Tom, his best friend Huckleberry Finn and his feisty love interest Becky Thatcher as they get themselves into — and out of — one bind after another. Filled with playful, mischievous kids, funny dialogue and high-stakes action, this timeless tale taps into the child in all of us. This Broadway adaptation of Tom Sawyer is perfect for all ages.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: $14 + fees (full price $28)
Wade James Theatre (Edmonds)
Available dates: 11/24-11/25, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast brings its enchanting tale and Academy Award-winning score to the Wade James Theatre in Edmonds. Based on the beloved 1991 animated film, this acclaimed musical tells the story of Belle, an intelligent young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who’s really a young prince under the spell of a witch’s curse. Time is running out, and if the Beast doesn’t learn his lesson soon, he and his entire household will be doomed for all eternity. The love story is filled with colorful characters, delightful sets and costumes, and show-stopping musical numbers.