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Not Just for Kids Stage Fun at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor

Five short performances take center stage in the 2013-14 Not Just for Kids series, featuring fun musicals on Oct. 20, Nov. 10, Feb. 9, March 16 and May 4

Live performances are not just for grown-ups – and the Benard L. Maas Foundation aims to prove just that with its 2014-15 Not Just For Kids series at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. This annual family favorite features five short musical performances, all based on popular kids books, running approximately one hour each – making it a perfect introduction to live theater for young kids.

Tickets for the series are sold individually for $10 for Michigan Theater members and $12 for nonmembers – or, order in five- and four-show packages for $40/$50 and $35/$45, respectively. Shows are at 1:30 p.m. on either a Saturday or Sunday. Here's what's in store!

Curious George

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

Every tyke's favorite little monkey is a big fan of All-You-Can-Eat-Meatball Day – and, after Chef Pisghetti swears off cooking forever, George is on a quest to change his favorite cook's mind. Focuses on friendship, fun and food. Recommended for kids in pre-K to second grade.

Junie B. Jones

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

This storybook girl lives out her tales on stage from such favorites as First Grader (at Last!), Boss of Lunch and One-Man Band. Packed with funny songs. Recommended for K-5 kids.

Skippyjon Jones

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015

He's a sweet little kitty by day. But by night, Skippyjon Jones transforms into his alter ego Skippito Fiskito – aka "the greatest Chihuahua sword fighter in old Mexico." Follow this feline from the popular book series in this stage show. Recommend for K-4 audiences.

Click, Clack, Moo

Sunday, March 15, 2015

This one's based on a Caldecott Honor book that chronicles a bunch of barnyard animals that go on strike when Farmer John "declares his farm a 'tech-free' zone." It feature themes like negotiation and compromise. For K-4 kids.

Fly Guy and Other Stories

Saturday, May 9, 2015

This musical revue packs in loads of favorite kids storybooks, including Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl, Diary of a Worm, Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig, Horace & Morris but Mostly Delores, Kitten's First Full Moon, Lilly's Big Day and Paper Bag Princess. It's for the K-4 crowd.

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