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 Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet present Miss Spider’s Tea Party at Akron Civic Theatre. For $9, you get one ticket for orchestra-level seating (an $18 value). Choose from the following showtimes:
- Saturday, March 16, at 2:30 p.m.
- Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, March 17, at 2:30 p.m.
Doors open one hour before showtime.
Based on David Kirk’s children’s book of the same name, Miss Spider’s Tea Party springs to life on the stage of Akron Civic Theatre, weaving the tale of a lonely spider who just wants to have company over for tea. Sprightly dancers in pastel costumes morph into the butterflies, bees, moths, and ants that are initially afraid of Miss Spider’s sinister-seeming web and numerous legs until they get to know her and her gentle spirit. The performance’s dances owe their leaps, twirls, and hokey pokeys to choreographer James Sewell, who also composed the score.
More than 40 dancers aged 8–18 make up the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet, a nonprofit pre-professional dance company founded in 1975. Although they stage only two main shows in March and December, they perform throughout the year at holiday celebrations, local events, and international festivals.
Akron Civic Theatre
The medieval carvings, European antiques, and Italian alabaster sculptures at the Akron Civic Theatre absorb the ascending harmonies of symphony concerts and heavy rock ‘n’ roll alike. Built in 1929 to resemble a Moorish castle, the venue has maintained much of its historic charm, including the exceedingly rare atmospheric ceiling, in which stars twinkle and clouds float by as mesmerizingly as the last few corn flakes atop a bowl of milk.