Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of November 28, 2011

Five For Twenty (or Less)

In the spirit of the coming holiday season we found five shows to get you in the festive spirit – four of which are family friendly – all of which are under $20.  Grab the kids and catch a show or just find some time to enjoy the magic of childhood with a friend. Either way, get out there and catch a show that’s fun no matter what age you are. 

HAIRSPRAY by Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (St Michael’s College, U of T). A quirky 60s teen becomes popular and looks to change the world in this musical. Dec 1-3, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $20, stu/srs $12. Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle. 416-978-8849,

IT’S MUNSCH TIME (George Brown Theatre School). This family-friendly show is based on popular Robert Munsch stories. Opens Dec 3 and runs to Dec 10, Sat 1 pm. $18, srs $12 stu $7.Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill. 416-866-8666,

SEUSSICAL by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Young People’s Theatre). This all-ages musical is based on the classic Dr. Seuss books. Previews Nov 7-9. Opens Nov 10 and runs to Dec 30, Sat-Sun 2 pm, see website for other dates and times. $15-$20. 165 Front E. 416-862-2222,

THE MIRACLE ON MERCER STREET Second City presents all-ages seasonal comedy mixing live-action sketches with puppetry and songs. Opens Nov 19 and runs to Dec 17, Sat Saturdays at noon. $12, family 4-pack $40. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011,

THE SECOND CITY’S DYSFUNCTIONAL HOLIDAY REVUE Second City presents a holiday-themed show of scenes and songs. Opens Nov 21 and runs to Dec 30, Mon 8 pm, Wed-Fri 2 pm. $15-$22. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011,