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Lively happenings onstage for children

Richie Portelahas as Diego

Richie Portelahas as Diego

On stage is where the wild things are this weekend.

Just in time for the end of the school year, Ruth Eckerd Hall is presenting The Great Jaguar Rescue, a new live action show based on the Nick Jr. program Go, Diego, Go!

As with the TV show, the audience doesn't just sit and watch. Kids — and parents — will sing, do the cha-cha and travel down a rainforest river as Baby Jaguar has lost his growl and Diego, right, must help him get it back.

Performances are at 6 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m Wednesday at 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $19 to $32 and children who have reached their first birthday must have a ticket to enter. Call (727) 791-7400 or go to

Also, for those looking for a wild escape, the Broadway touring production of The Lion King continues at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center through June 22. Created to appeal to kids of all ages (the minimum suggested age is 3), performances are at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The center is at 1010 N MacInnes Place in Tampa, and tickets are $48 to $133. (813) 229-7827;

Other area productions designed for children include:

The Wizard of Oz, a song-and-dance production staged by the youth of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Oldsmar. Performance time is 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $19. (727) 892-5767; mahaffey

The Sleeping Beauty, a ballet presented by America's Ballet School with the New Tampa Players. Other characters, including Cinderella, Snow White, Red Riding Hood, the Lilac Fairy and Puss 'n' Boots, also will be on hand at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. Tickets are $15, $12 for children. (813) 558-0800;

Lively happenings onstage for children 06/04/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 10:13am]
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