Days before Halloween, parents can get their kids in the spooky spirit with a revue of Broadway tunes befitting the season.
The Columbia Children’s Theater will stage a “Monstrous Musical Mayhem” today at 7:30 p.m., featuring songs from nearly a dozen musicals, ranging from the eerie “Phantom of the Opera” and “Sweeney Todd” to the cheerier “The Little Mermaid” – villainous Ursula is scary too!
“It’s not going to be monsters and ghosts Halloween type of scary,” said Jim Litzinger, managing director of the Columbia Children’s Theater. “It’s just a more sophisticated level” of pieces with some spooky themes.
The show differs from the theater’s usual fare, which Litzinger describes as “sunshiney Disney musicals,” and is a good opportunity to broaden children’s musical theater horizons.
“It’s a great way to introduce kids to different styles, especially if what they’re used to seeing is coming from us,” Litzinger said. “It’s a great range of shows to introduce kids to.”
Admission to the show is free, though donations to the non-profit theater are encouraged.
“We’ll take $1 million if you’ve got it, but it’s whatever you can drop in the hat,” Litzinger said.
The benefit is in the theater, located above the cafeteria at Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive.
Amanda C. Coyne