Winter is an excellent time to introduce children to the wonders of theater. When it's too chilly outside to frolic and play, there's a host of fun to be experienced indoors with the help of lights, costumes, and some imagination.
Watch Horton the Elephant and his little friend Jojo come to life onstage as they fight to save the small speck of dust on which the Whos live. Nazareth College Arts Center (4245 East Ave.) and Rochester Children's Theatre will present "Seussical, the Musical" on Saturday, December 8, at 2 & 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 9, at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20-$25 and can be purchased at the Arts Center Box Office, by calling 389-2170, or at boxoffice.naz.edu. The show continues through Sunday, December 16.
Experience six-time Emmy Award-winning author/illustrator Mo Willems' musical "Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical," adapted from his book "Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale." Parents and children alike will sympathize with Trixie and her woes as she leaves her beloved stuffed bunny at the laundromat one day. TYKEs (Theatre Young Kids Enjoy) will present the show Saturday, December 8 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, December 9, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the JCC Hart Theatre, 1200 Edgewood Ave. Tickets cost $15. 461-2000, tykestheatre.org.
Don't forget Geva Theatre Center (75 Woodbury Blvd.) will also be continuing "A Christmas Carol" through December 23. Performances this weekend include Friday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 8, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 9, at noon and 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25-$42.50. 232-4382. gevatheatre.org.