Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of May 14, 2012

Five For Twenty (or Less)

This week’s cheap theatre post is all about the kids. The weather is getting warmer, school’s almost out and it’s time for the kids to have some fun. This week a combination of kids shows and a free circus festival make up our cheap theatre post. Get out there and watch something with your favourite youth. 

BAOBAB by Hélène Ducharme (Théâtre Motus/SÔ Company). An ancient tree gives birth to a boy who is destined to save a village from drought in this story inspired by West African legends. Opens May 7 and runs to May 17. $15-$20. Young People’s Theatre, Studio, 165 Front E. 416-862-2222,

BEYOND THE CUCKOO’S NEST by Edward Roy (Young People’s Theatre). This drama for ages 13-18 follows three youths who meet at a drop-in group for teens with mental health issues. Previews May 7-8. Opens May 9 and runs to May 17. $15-$20. 165 Front E. 416-862-2222,

PINOCCHIO DANS MA VALISE by Cie Vox Théâtre (Theatre Direct). The classic tale of fantasy and friendship is told through puppetry and live music. May 19-20 at 11 am & 2 pm (Sat in English, Sun in French). $10-$15. 76 Wychwood. 416-537-4191,

THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO (Cow Over Moon Children’s Theatre). The classic story of the wooden boy that comes to life is brought to the stage. Opens May 14 and runs to May 21. $15, child $10. Unit 102 Theatre, 376 Dufferin. 905-510-8210,

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL CIRCUS FESTIVAL (Zero Gravity Circus/HarbourKIDS). This all-ages weekend features aerial acrobatics, stunts, cabaret acts, comedy, music and clowns, plus workshops and interactive kids’ programs. May 19-21. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000,