Jim Fischer's picks for February.
The Ohio State University will present the Royal Shakespeare Company's "First Encounters with Shakespeare" North American tour of The Famous Victories of Henry V on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre. "First Encounters" are adaptations of Shakespeare plays that have been specially created for family audiences. The Famous Victories follows Prince Hal from notorious bad boy to hero and king of England. Tickets are $11.50
Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. (King-Lincoln District), Columbus 43203; 614-469-0939; ticketmaster.com.CHORAL FESTIVAL
The Columbus Children's Choir will host its fourth annual Children's Choral Festival Feb. 5-6. The event includes workshops for teachers and for young singers in grades 3-8. It's too late to register to participate in the Feb. 6 event, but we wanted to let you know the festival closes with a public performance by the combined participants at 4 p.m. Nothing like kids seeing other kids do art. Tickets are available at the door for $10.
Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mt. Royal Ave., Westerville 43082; 614-220-5555.THEATER FOR TWEENS
The Wex never lacks for unique and challenging art, whether it's on a wall, a stage or a movie screen. This stage production of Employee of the Year promises to provide audiences, especially those in that sometimes hard-to-reach 'tween age group, with lots to enjoy and think about. Staged by the Brooklyn-based ensemble 600 Highwaymen, the play follows the life journey of a woman as she ages from 3 to 80 from the vantage point of five 'tween girls. The Wex will host four live shows in its performance space Feb. 19-21. Tickets are $10 for students, $20 for adults.
Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. (OSU Campus), Columbus 43210; 614-292-3535.
Joey can time-travel, but he has to be holding a baseball card. For a report, he holds a Jackie Robinson card and travels back to 1947 to meet his hero. In Jackie & Me, which Columbus Children's Theatre will present in a collaboration with Short North Stage Feb. 18-28, the 10-year-old Joey learns firsthand just how difficult it was to be the first African-American major leaguer. In the end, he gets not just a good report but a life-changing experience.
CCT would like parents to know that the play uses some coarse language - including one instance of the "N-word" - to properly indicate the times and the issues Robinson faced. Jackie & Me is recommended for ages 7 and up.
Garden Theater, 1187 N. High St. (Short North), Columbus 43201; 614-224-6673.DANIEL TIGER
As one who grew up on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, it's kinda cool to see his legacy live on in the form of the animated Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Now that experience moves from the television to the live stage, as Daniel invites the audience on an interactive musical adventure about friendship, helping others and celebrating new experiences in Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live, which CAPA brings to the Palace Theatre for two performances on Feb. 27. The show faithfully retains the all-important feel of the original show we loved so much.
Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215; 614-469-0939; capa.com.
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