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Long Island theaters hosting family-friendly summer shows

Characters from classic movies, books and Broadway shows are appearing across Long Island stages all summer long. Drop these dates into your phone and calendars so you’ll know where you can bring the kids for live performances.

'The Princess Who Saved a Dragon'

"The Princess Who Saved a Dragon" at Theater
Photo Credit: Theatre Three

A tough princess rescues a scruffy dragon and together they go on an adventure that shows how being different can also be for the best. When/Where: 11 a.m. on July 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and Aug. 9; 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 3; sensory sensitive performance 11 a.m. on July 8 at Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. Info: $10; 631-928-9100;

'The Little Mermaid'

"The Little Mermaid" at The Gateway Playhouse
Photo Credit: The Gateway Playhouse

A junior adaptation of Ariel’s “under-the-sea” adventure combines elements of the Disney Broadway and film versions. When/Where: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. on July 13 and 20; 11 a.m. on July 14 and 21 at The Gateway Playhouse, 215 South Country Rd, Bellport. Info: $15 to $25; 631-286-1133;

'Mary Poppins'

"Mary Poppins" at The Long Island Children's Museum.
Photo Credit: The Long Island Children's Museum/Mark Schoen

A rendition of the iconic tale of a magical nanny who teaches life lessons to her charges by way of an enchanting journey. When/Where: 7 p.m. July 13 and 20, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 14, 15 and 22; 2 p.m. July 21 at The Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave, Garden City. Info: $10-12; 866-811-4111;

'The Wizard of Oz'

"The Wizard of Oz"
Photo Credit: CM Performing Arts Center

A take on the classic story of Dorothy and Toto’s adventures down the Yellow Brick Road and around the land located somewhere over the rainbow. When/Where: 11 a.m. on July 19, 28 and Aug. 3 at Noel S. Ruiz Theater at the CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale. Info: $15; 631-218-2810;




"Shrek" at the John W. Engeman Theater
Photo Credit: John W. Engeman Theater

Based on the hit film, it tells the tale of a cranky ogre who finds friendship and love while adventuring through a land full of iconic fairy-tale characters. When/Where: 11 a.m. on July 28; Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25 and Sept. 1; 10:30 a.m. on July 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Sept. 2 at John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. Info: $15; 631-261-2900;


'Willy Wonka'

"Willy Wonka" at NYCB Theatre
Photo Credit: NYCB Theatre/Mark Schoen

This adaptation is based on the beloved 1964 book "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl but features music from the 1971 film featuring Gene Wilder film. When/Where: 11 a.m. on July 31 at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd. Info: $19.50; 516-247-5200;


Max Darwin, off-Broadway illusionist

"The Amazing Max," Max Darwin, performs at the
Photo Credit: Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts

A veteran of TV and off-Broadway, Max Darwin brings his signature high-energy style of magic in this show great for all ages. When/Where: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Aug. 3 at The Gateway Playhouse, 215 South Country Rd, Bellport. Info: $15-$25; 631-286-1133;

'Alice’s Most Decidedly Unusual Adventures in Wonderland'

"Alice's Most Decidedly Unusual Adventures in Wonderland" at
Photo Credit: Theatre Three

A modernized interpretation of Alice’s adventures down the rabbit hole, starring notable Wonderland characters such as the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter. When/Where: 11 a.m. on Aug. 3, 4, 10 and 11; 2 p.m. on Aug. 4 and 11 at Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. Info: $10; 631-928-9100;



"Pinocchio" at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Aug.
Photo Credit: Mark Schoen

A staged presentation of the famous string-less, nose-growing puppet's adventures with a singing cat and fox and his journey to Land of the Toys. When/Where:  11 a.m. on Aug. 7 at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd.; Info: $19.50;  516-247-5200;


"Madagascar" at The Long Island Children's Museum
Photo Credit: The Long Island Children's Museum/Mark Schoen

Based on the DreamWorks film, it’s the story of how four Central Park Zoo animals end up embracing a wild life when they accidentally get shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar. When/Where:  7 p.m. on Aug. 3 and 10; 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 11,12, 18 and 19 at The Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave, Garden City. Info: $10; 866-811-4111;


'Aladdin Jr.'

"Aladdin Jr."
Photo Credit: Melissa J. Speicher Photography

Presented by the Ovations Dance Academy repertory company, this adaptation is tailored for younger audiences and features music from both the Disney film and the Broadway production. When/Where: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Aug. 18 at Patchogue Theatre, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. Info: $20-$28; 631-207-1313;




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