Children's theater is a great way to gently introduce kids to theater before they realize that most plays are just about sad guys talking. Get kid-friendly kicks with this GrouponLive deal to see Charleston Stage at the Dock's production of Madeline's Christmas at the Dock Street Theatre. For $11, you get one ticket for orchestra seating (up to a $22.50 value). Shows begin at 7:30 pm.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Choose between the following dates:
- Sunday, December 9
- Sunday, December 16
Based on the final book in Ludwig Bemelmans's beloved Madeline series, Madeline's Christmas weaves an enchanting holiday tale around literature's most famous Parisian schoolgirl. After a wintery trip to the zoo leaves her fellow students and headmistress bedridden with the flu, the resilient Madeline must take charge of the boarding school. On Christmas Eve, while the girls lament their inability to travel home to their families, a mysterious merchant shows up at the door offering Madeline 12 rugs that hold special powers. Madeline then finds the entire school returned to health, and the magical merchant reveals that the rugs can fly. Hopping on the levitating throws, the girls speed home while their teacher, Miss Clavel, meditates on the season's blessings.
Using the musical script of writer Jennifer Kirkeby and composer Shirley Mier, the Charleston Stage transforms the charming story into a faithful, tune-filled show. Each of the young actors received their part in April and spent the following months in acting and singing classes learning to bring the Gallic schoolgirls to life. Kirkeby's script fleshes out the story for the stage, instilling each student with a unique personality despite their identical wide-brimmed hats, flowing cloaks, and plans to write a tell-all about Madeline's narcissistic spotlight-hogging.
Dock Street Theatre
An institution that stretches back to 1736, the original Dock Street Theatre was the first American building specifically designed for theatrical performances. Though that first incarnation most likely burned in the Great Fire of 1740, further forms carried it through the centuries as a hotel occupied by such figures as John Wilkes Booth’s father and Robert Smalls, a hero of the Civil War. In 1936, the WPA carved the current form of the theatre out of the shell of the old hotel. More recently, the venue received a $19 million makeover and now sports crystalline acoustics, seismic security, and fresh new seats for stellar views of charismatic characters and stagehands playing rock-paper-scissors in the wings.