Kid-friendly summer theatre

Discover the fun and excitement of New Hampshire’s summer theater scene

You don’t have to travel to Broadway to find great live theater. All across New Hampshire theater groups are getting ready for the curtain to raise on a summer’s worth of Tony-worthy performances, including many plays and musicals produced just for families. Let’s face it: summer blockbuster movies will all end up on Netflix. For something different, here’s where to find kid-friendly live theater near you.

Monadnock Region

Andy’s Summer Playhouse

Andy's Summer Playhouse is an innovative children-only summer theater that provides kids with an unmatched opportunity to hone their acting skills. Started in 1971 as one play produced by the group’s two founding teachers, summer 2017 at Andy’s Playhouse will include more than 300 child players putting on such show stoppers including:

Peterborough Players

The Peterbourgh Players have been earning standing ovations for their summer performances since the playhouse began in 1933. In addition to numerous productions suitable for adult audiences, this year’s summer plays for younger audiences and families include:

White Mountains

Jean's Playhouse

In Lincoln, the curtain goes up on Jean’s Playhouse summertime theatre series for children. This summer families can catch original musical adaptations of favorite fairy and folk tales by the playhouse’s troupe of professionals. Shows generally last 40 minutes and are suitable for all ages. Scheduled performances for summer 2017 include:

Weathervane Theater

The Weathervane Theater in Whitefield has been around for more than 50 years and pulls out all the stops with a summer schedule packed with programming including Hairspray The Broadway Musical, and other musical favorites, including West Side Story and special performances by the Patchwork Players, made up of members of the Weathervane’s summer theater camp for kids.

Theater in the Wood

You may have visited Theater in the Wood for its notoriously delicious Character Breakfasts and now it's time to visit for some fantastic summer theater. Presented by Jean's Playhouse and IMPACT Productions, these original plays with unique songs present a new twist on classic tales. Shows are on Fridays at 10 a.m. from June 30 - August 18.

  • Anansi – Keeper of the Stories (June 30)
  • Thumbelina (July 7)
  • The Bremen Town Musicians (July 14)
  • The Nightingale (July 21)
  • Snow White and Rose Red (July 28)
  • Momotaro – Ogre Hunter (August 4)
  • How the Rainbow was Made (August 11)
  • Humpelken-Pumpelken or the Adventures of Humpty Dumpty (August 18)


Prescott Park Arts Festival

For live theater under the stars, head to Portsmouth for the Prescott Park Arts Festival’s summer 2017 performance of Mary Poppins. Performances are every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 23 through Aug. 20. 

Also, don't miss 101 Dalmatians Kids happening on July 29-30.

Seacoast Repertory Theatre

At Portsmouth’s Seacoast Repertory Theatre see this summer’s production of Monty Python's Spamalot (July 12, 19, 26 and August 3-13). Seacoast Repertory also offers a number of youth classes throughout the summer.

Lakes Region

Interlakes Theatre

For family-friendly live theater along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, head to the Interlakes Theatre in Meredith where this summer’s Broadway-style musical productions include:

  • Cinderella G2K (July 8-9)
  • Peter Pan, Jr. (July 22-23)
  • Into the Woods, Jr. (August 5-6)
  • Peanut Butter & Cupcake, The Musical (August 19-20)

Merrimack Valley

Palace Theatre

Manchester’s Palace Theater is celebrating summer in the city with live plays and musicals just for families (their Summer Children's Series), including:

  • Peter Pan (July 11-13)
  • The Wizard Of Oz (July 18-20)
  • Cinderella (July 25-27)
  • The Little Mermaid (August 1-3)
  • Aladdin (August 8-10)
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (August 15-17)
  • Pinocchio (August 22-24)
  • Alice In Wonderland (August 29-31)

The Palace also welcomes magician BJ Hickman to their main stage for two special shows on July 5 and 6.

Capitol Center for the Arts

If you're hanging out in New Hampshire's capital city this summer then you won't want to miss these great, kid-friendly performances by Impact Children's Theater, RB Productions and other local summer youth groups.

  • Story Pirates (June 5)
  • Pete the Cat (June 6)
  • Annie, Jr. (June 30-July 1)
  • Bremen Musicians (July 11)
  • The Lion King, Jr. (July 14-15)
  • The Nightingame (July 18)
  • Snow White (July 25)
  • Beauty and the Beast, Jr. (July 28-29)
  • How the Rainbow Was Made (August 8)
  • Humpty Dumpty (August 15)

Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee

New London Barn Playhouse

If your summer travels take you to the Lake Sunapee area, check out the 2017 Children’s Theater Series at the New London Barn Playhouse for performances including:

  • Bookworms (July 1)
  • The Snow Queen (July 15)
  • Romeo and Juliet (July 22)
  • Stuart Little (July 27)
  • Seussical (August 17 and 19)

More fun things to do this summer

The best playgrounds in NH

Here's a roundup of some of our favorite outdoor playgrounds in the Granite State

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Ideas for one last summer getaway

Before the lazy days slip away, get your fill of family fun
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