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Family Picks: Introduce your kids to a little culture

CorrespondentNovember 7, 2013 

In celebration of Raleigh Dance Theatre’s new production of “Tea for Ruby,” the book’s illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser, right, will play the Queen, at a Tea for Ruby Tea Party at 3:00 PM Sunday, November 10 at the Raleigh Marriot City Center ballroom.

COURTESY OF RALEIGH DANCE THEATRE

This is a great weekend to take in a little culture with your children.

On Saturday and Sunday, Raleigh Dance Theater will perform one of its popular Storybook Tales, short ballets based on children’s books and intended for young audiences. This year, the performance will be an adaptation of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Tea for Ruby,” a book written by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, and illustrated by award-winning artist Robin Preiss Glasser.

The performances are Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the Fletcher Opera Theater at Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

“Tea for Ruby” is the story of a young girl who receives a surprise invitation to tea with the Queen and must try to learn proper manners in time for the date. Glasser, who is both an accomplished ballet dancer and a celebrated children’s book author, will be at the Sunday performances to sign books after the shows.

The performance lasts about an hour and a half, and children of all ages are welcome. Tickets are $15 at the door ($12 in advance), or you can purchase them online at raleighdance.org.

Plays for children

There are also two children’s plays this weekend that are likely to capture the interest of avid readers.

• Raleigh Little Theatre is performing an adaptation of the Junie B. Jones book “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells.” In this show, Junie B., the difficult but lovable elementary school protagonist in author Barbara Park’s popular series, is struggling with the holiday festivities in her first-grade classroom.

Shows are Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults and $9 for kids and can be purchased at raleighlittletheatre.org. The show runs through Nov. 23.

• Friday and Saturday, the children’s theater Raleigh ACT will also be performing Seussical, a musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss. Such famous characters as the Cat in the Hat, the Whos, Horton and Gertrude McFuzz will be on stage in this production performed by young actors.

Performances are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Journey Church, 3500 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. To reserve them in advance, call 919-605-9946 or email info@raleighact.com.

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