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Live Music & Theater
September 27, 2023
Kids Programming Slated for F.M. Kirby Stage
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Experience Live Theater, Musicals and Sing-Alongs

Kid’s shows are magic. For a child, a trip to the theater can be transformative, inspirational, or entertaining in a way they’ve never experienced before. The upcoming slate of shows at the F.M. Kirby Center is full of ways to give that gift to the important young people in your life.

Upcoming Children's Programming:
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American Girl Live! In Concert

Friday, October 20 at 6 p.m.

This show brings together American Girls from different eras for a musical extravaganza that—like the toy line—celebrates female empowerment and positivity. With 30 years of history, the American Girl brand exists as a hallmark for generations of women and girls.  Join Nikki, Julie, Melody, Courtney, and Claudie, and experience American Girl Live!

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Disney’s Encanto: The Sing-Along Film Concert

Thursday, October 26 at 6 p.m.

Two years after its release, Encanto and its toe-tappingly catchy tunes remain household favorites. That kind of staying power is rare for children’s movies, which is why we’re so excited to present the modern classic in a classical way: with a live orchestra!

When you attend this event, the movie Encanto will play on our big screen with a live orchestra present on our stage, playing along with each of the film’s musical numbers. You and your family are encouraged to provide the vocals for each song, becoming part of the Madrigal’s story.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Thursday, November 30 at 6 p.m.

Rudolph’s odyssey across the North Pole has become a beloved classic, and this holiday season, you can see it live at the F.M. Kirby Center! The musical version of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer includes all the characters you love—from Santa Claus himself to Hermey the Would-be Dentist—each playing their part in Rudolph’s journey of self-illumination.

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Peppa Pig’s Sing-along Party!

Wednesday, December 13 at 6 p.m.

Peppa is throwing a party, and your family is invited! Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, and George are ready to sing, too, and we can’t leave out Gerald Giraffe, Suzy Sheep and Pedro Pony. Dance, clap, and sing along with the group as kids go on an interactive adventure with Peppa and her friends. This show is designed to create lifelong memories for families just like Peppa’s—and yours!

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Don and Joan Laux Young People’s Theater Series

Our annual Don and Joan Laux Young People’s Theater Series consists of several performances aimed at school-aged children. Each show is free to attend—educators or care center professionals can call our box office to reserve seats for their group. Availability is limited, so we encourage interested educators to call as soon as possible.

The 2023-24 Laux YPTS calendar is as follows:
Tuesday, Oct. 3 – Maddog and Me (grades 3-to-6)
Wednesday, Nov. 1 – Mariachi Herencia De Mexico (grades K-to-5)
Tuesday, Dec. 19 – A Christmas Carol (grades K-to-5)
Friday, Feb. 16 – Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad (grades 3-9)
Tuesday, March 5 – Call of the Wild (grades 3-6)
Visit each show’s event page at kirbycenter.org for study guides and more.

To purchase tickets for any of our events, call our box office at 570-826-1100, visit us at 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, or go to our website. Whether you’re young or young at heart, our calendar is full of reasons to get excited!