The Beat's (a.k.a Jim Fischer) picks for May.
CATCO is Kids, in association with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, will present HONK!, a delightful musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson story The Ugly Duckling, May 1-10. Sure, Ugly doesn't look like his other recently-hatched duckling siblings, but he has a lot to teach the other animals about the beauty of being different. The play's book and lyrics are by Anthony Drewe and the music is by George Stiles. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children.
Columbus Performing Arts Center, Shedd Theatre, 549 Franklin Ave., (Discovery District), Columbus 43215, 614-469-0939.
The annual Central Ohio Folk Festival is a great weekend for families and die-hard folkies (and especially for those of you who fit both descriptions!). Set for May 2-3 at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, the festival features loads of free events and activities, including hourly concerts, a special tent for young performers and songwriters, folk dancing, an instrument "petting zoo" for children to try out various instruments, storytelling, an arts and crafts area, drum circles, sing-alongs and more. You'll see and hear plenty of informal jam sessions as you wander the grounds, as well. A Saturday night highlight concert featuring bluegrass group Grassahol requires tickets, and a slate of workshops will cost some dough for those who are so inclined.
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, 1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway 43119 614-470-3963.
The latest Sesame Street Live offering combines the long-standing multiculturalism of Sesame Street with a theme that could have come straight from Mr. Rogers - everyone is special. Your favorite Sesame Street characters will help Grover welcome his new friend Chamki from India to their neighborhood and learn how, despite our differences, friends are really the same no matter where you're from or where you are. Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend runs May 9-10. Tickets start at $23.
Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-469-0939....................... NUN MORE FUN
Attention, parents. Sister Act, that fun-filled movie from your youth, is now a live stage musical, and it's coming to Columbus for eight shows April 28 to May 3 at the Palace Theatre. And it's more than you remember, with an original score by Alan Menken but still inspired by the Motown soul-soaked original. Bring the whole family to see Deloris both teach and learn from her new "sisters." Tickets start at $28.
Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 800-745-3000....................... YOUTH MOVEMENT
All ballerinas (and danseurs, the word for male ballet dancers - we didn't know, either!) get their start somewhere, and the students of the BalletMet Dance Academy and its Pre-Professional Program are getting as good a start as you could want. These young dancers will perform on the stage at Worthington's McConnell Arts Center (MAC) May 19 and 21, at 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $10 online, $12 at the door and $5 for students.
McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St., Worthington 43085, 614-431-0329....................... More BEAT
-The Fam Five and The Beat are arts and entertainment coverage from Jim Fischer at ThisWeek Community News. Check out weekly coverage at ThisWeekNEWS.com/thebeat.