Our top arts, entertainment picks for May
Parents know the story of James and the Giant Peach, all funky and quirky and twisted and heartwarming. Young James is given a magic potion and embarks on an epic journey on a preposterously sized peach with human-sized insect friends, each with his or her own set of issues. Roald Dahl's story of compassion and friendship gets a musical theater treatment May 4-14 courtesy of Columbus Children's Theatre. Tickets start at $17.
Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St., (King-Lincoln District), columbuschildrenstheatre.org
You say you want more classic literature for young people adapted for the stage during May? 2017 is going to work out for you, as CATCO is Kids, in association with Columbus School for Girls, offers a take on L.M. Montgomery's classic Anne of Green Gables May 5-14. Nancy Ford and Gretchen Cryer wrote this new musical about young Anne and the struggles of her new life with the Cuthberts on Prince Edward Island. Tickets start at $10.
Columbus School for Girls, 52 S. Columbia Ave., Bexley, 614-469-0939,catcoistheatre.org
EAST MEETS WEST
While not targeted specifically at kids, the East Meets West Festival is a masterful musical and multimedia blending of cultures from the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. It is a great opportunity for shared learning on multiple levels for families with older children. The May 12-13 program includes classical pieces with an eastern flair by Bartok and Rimsky-Korsakov along with Tian Zhou's The Grand Canal, which weds an orchestra with traditional Chinese instruments. In the days leading up to the concerts, the CSO offers a slate of related programming. Tickets are $10.
Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), 614-469-0939, columbussymphony.com
Cirque du Soleil never fails to create the world's most fantastic shows, and OVO is no exception. This new touring production will visit Columbus for five days, May 17-21. Named for the Portuguese word for egg, OVO finds a community of insects suddenly faced with a mysterious egg in its midst, leading to a lot of questions and, of course, fantastic choreography, music and acrobatics. Tickets start at $25.
Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive (Ohio State University Campus), 614-292-2624,schottensteincenter.com
Just what is Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live? It's way cool, that's what! Technology meets puppetry meets paleontology in this live theatrical presentation featuring a cast of life-sized creatures. Both entertaining and educational, there is also a fun, interactive aspect to this show that your favorite dino-fan shouldn't miss. The show comes to Columbus on May 21. Tickets start at $23.
Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), 614-469-0939,capa.com
The Fam Five is arts and entertainment coverage from Jim Fischer at Columbus Alive.