New York City hosts its theatrical Kids Week in midst of midwinter blahs, when a play or musical could really lighten the gloom. Los Angeles, on the other hand, will host their Kids Week in the bright sunniness of spring, from Cinco de Mayo (May 5) through Mother's Day (May 13).
The Ahmanson's revised revival of Flower Drum Song with a new book crafted by David Henry Hwang, Pasadena Playhouse's production of Warren Leight's Side Man and Theatre West's revival of The Threepenny Opera are just some of 2001 Kids Week participants. Other companies on the roster include A Noise Within, Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, ComedySportz, El Portal center for the Arts, International City Theatre, Long Beach Playhouse, Music Theatre of Southern California, Naked Angels, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Santa Monica Playhouse.
Last year, children, teenagers and their families were able to catch The Scarlet Pimpernel at Ahmanson Theatre, William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Hamlet and Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Music Man, Forbidden Broadway and Tony Award winner Ron Silver in Bill Graham Presents, among others.
Like Kids Week in New York, the Los Angeles Kids Week seeks both to increase awareness in theatre as a form of family entertainment and make it more affordable at the same time. Los Angeles also stresses free theatre workshops, backstage tours and open rehearsals.