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Auditions for Spring Youth Theater Productions in Marin

December 12, 2017

Acting, singing, and dancing in a local youth theater production is a great way to get used to performing in front of an audience, and it's a lot of fun, too.

Here are the spring production registration deadlines and/or audition dates and times for the great local youth theater organizations in Marin County. Follow the links for more information and to register.

Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Full production for grades 3+. Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Peformances take place Friday, April 20 and Saturday April 21. More information

Some of Our Favorite Family Holiday Movies

November 27, 2017

Christmas Movie Collage

During the holidays, we're inundated with Christmas-themed movies and TV specials of all different kinds. But what's really worth spending your time watching? Being something of a family of movie buffs, we decided to put together our list of favorite holiday movies and specials, so here are seven seasonal offerings that we think are worth repeat watching each December. You can find all of these films on DVD or Blu-ray at the Marin County Free Library.

Nutcracker Performances in the Bay Area

November 14, 2017

Stapleton Ballet's Nutcracker takes place at Marin Center on December 2 and 3.

Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker is time-honored holiday tradition in many communities. You'll find a wide variety of Nutcracker performances throughout Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area this holiday season, from fun introductions for younger kids to puppet shows to elaborately staged, full-length ballet productions. Here's our list of Bay Area Nutcrackers.

  • Just Dance Academy Winter Performance
    Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
    November 19, 2 pm
    Families will enjoy an abbreviated production of the classic holiday ballet The Nutcracker including all the classic characters such as Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Rose Queen and more! A fun, highly entertaining family event! Tickets: $27 adult, $22 seniors and children 12 and under. Purchase tickets.

Family Holiday Performances at Marin Center

November 2, 2017

Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker at Marin Center in San RafaelSee Stapleton Ballet's Nutcracker at Marin Center on December 2 and 3.

You can always count on finding a variety of wonderful holiday performances for the whole family at Marin Center in San Rafael, and the 2017 season is no exception. There’s definitely something for everyone, so bring the family to one of these Marin holiday classics. Many of these productions sell out early, so order your tickets soon to avoid disappointment.

Marin Center is located off Civic Center Drive at 10 Avenue of the Flags in San Rafael, adjacent to the Marin County Civic Center. It comprises two of Marin County's premier performance venues: the 1,960-seat Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, which hosts major concerts, performances, and events, and the smaller, more intimate 315-seat Showcase Theater.

A Winter Circus for the Holidays at Cornerstone Sonoma

October 31, 2017

Cirque de Boheme Freedom 2017

This Thanksgiving and Christmas, Cirque de Bohème returns Cornerstone Sonoma for another magical holiday circus experience. An old-fashioned circus show based on French tradition from the 1920s, Cirque de Bohème's 2017 production, Freedom, features an amazing cast of characters including a unicycle tight rope, hand-to-hand acrobats, contortionist, hand chair balancing, aerial fabrics, hooper aerialist, mime, clown, and more.

This intimate circus gathering takes place under the charming tent in the gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma, and is limited to 140 guests per performance. Shows take place November 24, 25, and 26 and December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 3 and 5 pm, except November 26 shows at 1 and 3 pm and December 2 shows at 11 am and 1 pm.

Get Your Tickets for San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker

October 30, 2017

San Francisco Ballet NutcrackerPhoto courtesy San Francisco Ballet © Erik Tomasson

December is almost here, and for many families, the holidays won't be complete without attending a performance of San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker. Experience 200 costumed characters, dazzling scenery, Tchaikovsky's beautiful score performed live by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and the opulence of the War Memorial Opera House decorated for Christmas. Tickets to this time-honored holiday tradition are going fast!

Many different performances of Nutcracker take place in the Bay Area during the holiday season, but San Francisco Ballet's is the one that sets the standard. Did you know that San Francisco Ballet was the first ballet company to bring Nutcracker to America, way back in 1944?

Our Top 10 Spooky Halloween Movies for Families

October 22, 2017

Halloween movie poster collage

There's nothing much better than watching a spooky (but not too scary) movie with the family on a cool fall evening and sharing a big bowl of freshly popped popcorn. I polled everyone in our family to find out what their favorite Halloween movies were, and we came up with this list of 10 that we think are must-sees every October.

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (G)

Wallace and Gromit, the ever-charming cheese-loving claymation duo, star in this clever sendup of monster movies, where something horrible ravages gardens and threatens a village's veggie-growing competition. Cute and clever with plenty of jokes (including a few that only grown-ups will get). Ages 3 and up.

The Addams Family Arrives at San Marin High School

October 20, 2017

Celebrate the Halloween season with the creepiest family around, The Addams Family! San Marin High School Music's production of the Broadway musical opens Friday, October 20, at 7:30 pm at San Marin High's Emily Gates Student Center in Novato. Join Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Pugsley, Grandma, Lurch, and of course Uncle Fester in this hilariously ghoulish musical theater experience based on the creepy characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams.

FilmHOOD Presents Fantastic Family Fare at the Mill Valley Film Festival

September 24, 2017

Liyana at the Mill Valley Film FestivalLiyana

The Mill Valley Film Festival returns to Marin this October with a full program of diverse films from around the globe (as well as occasional celebrity sightings). The festival (the 40th!) takes place from October 5 through 15 at locations throughout the county and includes a full roster of fantastic family programming through its filmHOOD series.

FilmHOOD presents a carefully curated selection of eye-opening international films that are perfect for everyone in the family. Among this season's sensational filmHOOD family offerings are the films Liyana, Owls & Mice, and Revolting Rhymes.

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