Children’s Theatre a Must See on Roanoke Island

Offering the glass slipper to Cinderella in the Columbia Marionette Theatre production.
Offering the glass slipper to Cinderella in the Columbia Marionette Theatre production.

One of our favorite things about summer is the Children’s theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.

The productions are fun, funny and very professional. The indoor theater where they are held, is perfect for audience interaction with the performers—a regular feature of the plays. This week, Wednesday through Friday, Cinderella takes the stage.

Presented by the Columbia Marionette Theatre, from Columbia, SC, the puppets are almost life size, some even a little over 5’ tall.

From past experience, we can say the RIFP Children’s theatre never disappoints—fast paced, colorful with lots of audience participation, it’s a must see for parents with kids…and maybe parents who still feel like kids.

RIFP Schedule of Events

Cinderella Presented by Columbia Marionette Theatre

July 5 & 7–10:30 a.m.

July 6–10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

A peppy marionette interpretation of the classic story in which Cinderella is helped by her fairy godmother, her sidekick stylist Magic Juan, and even the clock at the top of the castle tower to outwit her evil stepmother and win Prince Charming’s heart. The theatre features puppets from a few inches tall to over five feet.

Haydini: Rare Magic Well Done

July 12 & 14–10:30 a.m.

July 13–10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Haydini’s magic and sleight of hand is something you need to see to believe! He is a cool and pretty down to earth magician, so audiences feel very comfortable watching him vomit cards and levitate Tables!

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Presented by University of NC- Pembroke Drama Department

July 19 & 21–10:30 a.m.

July 20–10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it’s a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. In this delightful adaptation of her popular book, Judith Viorst sets Alexander’s rather trying life to music and brings to the stage one of America’s feistiest characters.

Storybook Tales: Pinocchio and Robin Hood Presented by Bright Star Theatre

July 26 & 28–10:30 a.m.

July 27–10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

These Hilarious actors will have the audience laughing in the aisles with this production of Pinocchio and Robin Hood. Packed with audience interaction, this adventure is brimming with character education lessons, audience participation and plenty of puns to bring these literary classics to life in an unforgettable fashion.

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