Jim Fischer's picks for January.

KID-FRIENDLY OPERA

Opera Project Columbus presents Giancarlo Menotti'sAmahl and the Night Visitors Friday and Sunday, Jan. 8 and 10, at the Lincoln Theatre. The cast features two local boys - Luke Peart and Jeremy Hardjano - singing the lead role, and an additional cast of five. New OPC executive director Zeke Rettman directs, with former Columbus Symphony Orchestra maestro Alessandro Siciliani leading the orchestra. Tickets are $16.50-$36.50.

Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. (King-Lincoln District), Columbus 43203.

LET DOWN YOUR HAIR

Columbus' two fine troupes for family and children's theater are busy in January.

Columbus Children's Theatre presents artistic director William Goldsmith's adaptation of Rapunzel Jan. 14-24 in its Park Street Theatre.

CATCO is Kids offers up Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" in the Van Fleet Theatre at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. The musical play is based on the beloved Mo Willems books.

Columbus Children's Theatre, 512 Park St. (Arena District), Columbus 43215.

CPAC, 549 Franklin Ave. (Discovery District), Columbus 43215.

WINTER PARK RETURNS

The Columbus Blue Jackets Winter Park was such a hit during last year's NHL All-Star Game festivities, the team brought it back as a standalone community event, held on McPherson Commons, across Nationwide Boulevard from Nationwide Arena. The centerpiece is an official-size ice rink that will be available for 31 days of community skating starting Jan. 22. Skating, including skate rental, is $5. Other activities will include fire pits for warm-ups, entertainment, food and a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Blue Jackets games will be shown on a giant video board on weekends.

McPherson Commons, 218 West St. (Arena District), Columbus 43215.

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE

The national tour of a brand-new production of The Sound of Music comes to Columbus for eight shows Jan. 26-31 at the Ohio Theatre. This fresh, new mounting won't destroy any of the things you've always loved about the show, but there has definitely been a reimagining of the story. This is a great family show and a classic piece of musical theater, so make sure to get there before it says "so long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, goodnight." Tickets start at $33.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215.

YOUR FIRST RODEO?

The rodeo is sport and performance art all rolled into one, cast against a background of dirt and leather. Whiplash the Monkey and the Half-Pint Cowboy await alongside the most determined riders at the World's Toughest Rodeo Jan. 30 at Nationwide Arena. Competition in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing is featured, along with a special performance by country artist Joe Diffie. Tickets start at $13 for kids and $23 for adults.

Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. (Arena District), Columbus 43215.


-The Fam Five is arts and entertainment coverage from Jim Fischer at Columbus Alive!