Theater by and for Children
San Fernando Valley-area audiences can see plays for children performed by children at the following locations. Reservations are necessary.
Drama Workshop at Northridge Recreation Center, 18300 Lemarsh St., (818) 349-7341. At 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, “Winterland Fantasy” will be presented by the 7- to 15- year-old members of the center’s drama workshop. The musical is a story within a story, written by director Rita Wainscott. Tickets are $2, and the show is recommended for all ages. There may still be openings for this session’s workshop, which meets Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and costs $70.
Children’s Workshop Theatre, 11320 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, (818) 506-9991 (after 4 p.m. and on Saturdays) or (818) 780-9164. “We write shows and, when a production is ready, we run it,” said director Maybin Sherman. Children ages 3 and up participate in various groups at the workshop. Upcoming is a Halloween variety show to be performed at a time to be announced Oct. 31 at the Granada Hills Recreation Center.
Members of the workshop will perform two shows at the Enchanted Forest, 20929 Ventura Blvd., in November: “Halleluiah Horrorwood,” about lovable movie monsters, and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” The junior company is planning to present a musical play at the In Studio Theatre, 12838 Victory Blvd.
Southern California Conservatory of Music’s Young Musical Theatre, 8711 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, (818) 767-6554 or (818) 768-6242. Every three months, Musical Theatre Workshop members ages 9 to 16 perform for children 2 1/2 years old and up.
The next show will be “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” tentatively set Dec. 19 to 21 and 26 to 30, with performances at 7:30 p.m. and some matinees at 2:30 p.m.
Most shows are musical or operatic adaptations of traditional fairy tales. Ticket prices are $3.50 for adults and $1 for children 11 and under. For information about upcoming programs, ask to be added to the mailing list.
Cabaret for Kids at L.A. Cabaret, 17271 Ventura Blvd., Encino, (818) 348-0686. “Starmaker,” a Las Vegas-like review featuring group and solo singing and dancing for children ages 4 and older, will be presented from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, as well as Oct. 30 and Nov. 13. Performers range in age from 7 to 23. Admission of $9 includes lunch. Birthday party arrangements can be made, and early reservations are required.
Andrei Tremaine Academy of Dance and Related Arts, 11061 Weddington St., North Hollywood, (818) 760-9701. In late January or February, students of dance, singing and children’s theater, coached by Natasha Middleton, will present “The Sound of Music.” Performers are ages 6 to 17. The show, which has been adapted from the stage play, is recommended for preschoolers and up. Classes are offered for children age 3 and up.
Le Petit Repertory Theatre Company, 19562 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, (818) 344-7715. At 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 13 and 20, children aged 2 to 15 will perform “The Wizard of Oz.” Tickets cost $3. From 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 30, the same play and a “Halloween Extravaganza” party, including refreshments, trick-or-treat candy and door prizes, will be offered for a ticket price of $5. Youngsters in the company are working on “The Return of Peter Pan,” with performances to begin Feb. 5.
The Star Spot Musical Theater and Workshop at Kadima Academy, 5724 Oso Ave., Woodland Hills, (818) 340-6675. Children 8 to 16 years of age who take the musical play production workshop put on major Broadway musicals for the public. “Annie” will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 to 8 at A.E. Wright Middle School in Las Virgenes, with “The Wizard of Oz” at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 to 20 at the Kadima Academy. Tickets for each are $5.