I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Monday, December 21, 2020

More New Shows to Watch This Holiday Season

Recently we posted about The Nice List, a new holiday svirtual musical. If you missed that post go here. Here are some additional family-friendly shows to watch if you've already cycled through all the tried and true favorites this season.

All is Calm: The Truce of 1914 - This beautiful Acapella musical is the true story of how opposing troops came together in the middle of World War I to celebrate the holidays with song. This is not really a show for young children, but it's fine for teens. This show is available for free on the PBS website through December 31. For more information or to watch go to pbs.org.

Hansel and Gretel - This is not the familiar Grimm Brothers' version of the story. It is the 19th Century, Engelbert Humperdinck opera presented here entirely in English,. Although, it may be too scary for very young children, older children may enjoy it's crazy characters, outrageous sets, and the heaps and heaps of mouthwatering props.  This show is available for free on the Metropolitan Opera's website through today only. For more information or to watch go to metoperafree.

Peter Pan A Musical Adventure - This is not the Disney version of the classic story nor the well-known version which originally starred Mary Martin, but a more recent version by Stiles and Drewe. The songs are all new and some of the plot details may be different, but the gist of the story is the same beloved tale we all know. This show is available from The Chicago Shakespeare Company for free through December 1 . For more information or to watch go  to chicagoshakes.com/plays_and_events/explore_season/peterpan.

The Railway Children - This is another classic children's book that has been turned into a theatrical production.  This show is not musical and is best for tweens and up. If you are a subscriber to BroadwayHD you can watch it anytime. However, for 48 hours only starting today, anyone can watch it for free on YouTube as part of The Show Must Go On series offering limited free availability of various stage musicals. For information or to watch go to  youtube.com/watch?v=d6JS1RfMf4w

You're A Green One Mr. Finch - This new musical adventure is all about teaching how to keep our planet green. It features a handful of favorite holiday songs as well as appearances by a number of beloved Broadway stars. The show is available for free on YouTube, but donations to the Broadway Green Alliance are strongly encouraged. For more information or to watch go to youtube.com/watch?v=gY5MHzzLgS0

There are also numerous new versions of A Christmas Carol available.

For some newer editions of the musical version go here

For some newer editions of the nonmusical version go here

And that's our view. What are you watching this holiday season?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

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