This cozy little theatre was the last thing I thought I’d find in the bottom of the Madison Centre office tower at Yonge and Sheppard. We made the trip to North York to introduce the kids to theatre. The Solar Stage Children’s Theatre in its 20th season presents plays, musicals and puppet shows from October to June for the 3-10 year-old range.
With a grandparent in TOw, we brought our five- and a two-year-old (and braced ourselves for possible toddler mayhem) to the musical play The Snow Queen. Huge sigh of relief – the crowd of similar-aged youngsters seated comfortably on the floor and in reaching distance of the stage was mesmerized. Of course there were the typical kid outbursts but the play was quite quick (45 minutes without intermission) and interactive (the actors asked questions throughout the show.) For the real wee theatre-goers, there was a Q&A and autograph signing afterwards.
Getting there: The Solar Stage theatre is on the Concourse Level in the Madison Centre office building on Yonge St north of Sheppard Ave. All the details here. If driving, paid street parking ($2.25 per hour) but we went on a Sunday morning and found free street parking (until 1pm.)
Rules: No food or strollers inside. No recording or photos during performance.
Potty time: No washrooms within the theatre, but public washrooms in the building. No baby change tables.
Mark your calendar: On now: the play The Alex in Wonderland until February 1, then puppet show The Brick Bros Circus February 7 and 8, 2015.