The magical world of Narnia is just a step away when Theatre Cedar Rapids opens the door to the classic tale, “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.” Adapted from the book by C.S. Lewis, audience members of all ages will be whisked to a land where animals talk, fear an evil White Witch and love a lion name Aslan. Parents be careful. “Remember, in this show, the books, the movie, there is death,” director Jason Alberty says. “There are really scary characters doing horrible things to each other. That is what makes the redemption, the good side winning in the end, so powerful.”
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Friday (5/13) to May 28, Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 Third St. SE; 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. May 22; $20 and $25 adults, $15 students, $12 rush; (319) 366-8591, www.theatrecr.org
Sixty minutes is enough time to hear a weekly hard-hitting news report — or see 61 circus acts. Hancher closes out its season with a visual bang, via Australian experimental circus troupe Circa. The performance promises a dizzying array of stunts, all performed as a clock counts down and upbeat music encourages the performers to keep up. See them juggle, contort, balance and fly — all at a breathtakingly furious pace in this installment of Spot — The Hancher Family Arts Adventure. Sounds kinda like shooting a circus out of a cannon.
Circa: 61 Circus Acts in 60 Minutes
2 p.m. Saturday (5/14), Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City; $10 to $28; www.hancher.uiowa.edu
Imagine your moppets singing and dancing with the Muppets. It’s as easy as counting “1-2-3.” Elmo and friends will transport audiences to faraway places as Ernie captains the high seas, Elmo dances to the rhythm of the African rain forest and Bert meets an octopus who has the blues. It’s an adventure that teaches children they can be anyone, do anything and go anywhere with the power of imagination.
Sesame Street Live: 1-2-3 … Imagine!
7 p.m. Tuesday (5/17) and 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday (5/18), U.S. Cellular Center, 370 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids; $12.75 to $51.75; www.uscellularcenter.com/USCC/EventInfo/Sesame.pdf