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Theater For Children And Teens

January 24, 2002

Cinderella (Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica, [310] 394-9779, Ext. 2). The playhouse's perennial musical comedy fairy tale, by Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie. Sat.-Sun., 12:30 and 3 p.m. Ends June 30. $9.

Funky Punks With Junk in Their Trunks (Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank, [818] 955-8101). "With deceptively casual, flying-by-the-seat-of-its-pants charm, Troubadour Theatre Company presents a funny, sunny delight: a slapstick, circus comedy for all ages" (L.H.). Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m. Indefinitely. $10.

Garden of Emotions! (Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica, [310] 394-9779, Ext. 673). A youth cast performs a musical exploration of family and friendship. By Evelyn Rudie and Matt Wrather. Thu., 7 p.m. Ends next Thu. Free.

If It Ain't Broke ... Why Fix It? (Classics for Kids at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, San Diego, [619] 220-8497, [619] 435-9111). Classics for Kids presents a family concert spanning baroque to 21st century jazz and rock. Also, Scott Paulson performs concerti for Toy Piano on miniature instruments from UCSD Library's Geisel Collection. Sunday only, 2 p.m. $7-$20.

The Magic Mirror Players Children's Show (New Ivar Theatre, 1605 N. Ivar Ave., Hollywood, [323] 660-5656). The return of Raf Mauro's comedy improv show for kids. Sun., 10:30 a.m., noon. Indefinitely. $7.

Norman Foote: Step to It (Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Grand Hall, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A., [213] 202-2287). Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Norman Foote, and his puppet "props with attitude," performs in the Music Center Education Division's "Pillow Theatre" series for ages 3 to 6. Sat. only, 11 a.m. $7.

Oliver! (Curtis Theatre, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, [714] 990-7722). Brea's Youth Theatre performs the family musical based on the Dickens classic, "Oliver Twist." Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Ends Sun. $7.50-$9.50.

Sleeping Beauty (Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd., West, L.A., [818] 761-2203). Storybook Theatre presents a new musical version of the fairy tale, with book and lyrics by Lloyd J. Schwartz; music by Michael Paul. For ages 2 to 8. Audience participation. Sat., 1 p.m. Ends Feb. 23. $8-$10.

Storytelling With Jennifer & Jon (Children's Book World, 105801/2 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., [310] 559-2665). Two founding members of children's theater company, Imagination Station, perform for ages 3 to 8. Sat. only, 10:30 a.m. Free.

Sunday Morning Tales (Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica, [310] 394-9779, Ext. 1). Comedic and dramatic monologues taking a tragicomic look at teen life are performed by the teenage members of the Young Professionals Company. Written and crafted by Evelyn Rudie, Chris DeCarlo, Leigh Siegel and the company. Sun. only, 11 a.m. $10.

200 Years of American Music (Secret Rose Theatre, 11246 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, [818] 766-3691, Ext. 5). "A dandy little family show presented by the Razzle Bam Boom duo--musician and singer-storyteller Mark Beckwith and comic juggler, musician Obediah Thomas. It zips by in under an hour, without much historical heft, but with comic zest and a celebratory spirit, as entertaining for adults as children" (L.H.). Sat., 1:30 p.m. Ends Sat. $7-$10.

We (Gily Productions at Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, [626] 256-1515). Nyna Shannon Andersen's musical, presented by Gily Productions, about children who decided to do something positive to stop violence and hate after one classmate is shot by another. With adult and youth actors. Sun., 2 p.m. Ends Feb. 10. $10-$12.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Basement Theatre, First Congregational Church, 464 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, [626] 577-5922). The Peanuts comic strip-based musical, presented by Pasadena Junior Theatre's youth cast. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. Ends Sat. $6-$17.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Covina Valley Playhouse, 104 N. Citrus Ave., Covina, [626] 339-1535). Clark Gesner's family musical based on Charles Schulz's comic strip, directed by Paul Durban. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Ends Feb. 16. $7-$15.

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