Oxford Community Arts Center's Family Performance Series

We are proud to sponsor this annual series of free family performances by Cincinnati’s premiere producing arts organizations.

Explore the 2019-2020 schedule at OxArts.Org

Co-sponsored by Cincinnati ArtsWave

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Midsummer Night's Dream performance

What happens when feuding fairies meddle in the love lives of human couples? Comical adventures, mistaken identities, and a silly play-within-a-play! The cast of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is on tour including fairies and lovers as well as Nick Bottom and The Mechanicals as they hilariously attempt to rehearse and perform a play for the Duke’s wedding. In this whimsical forest, a happy ending is guaranteed for both sprites and mortals alike.

Cincinnati Shakespeare

7:00 p.m., Monday, August 27
Uptown Parks

Incredible Dances of India

Padma Chebrolu poses onstage

Bring your family to this exquisite, visually stunning show featuring songs and celestial dances from exotic India! Dancers dressed in colorful costumes, intricate jewelry and theatrical makeup will entertain you with breath-taking footwork and ancient story-telling techniques. Create a magical moment for you and your family with this spectacular showcase of artistic expression, energy and the beauty that will make you experience Incredible Dances of India.

Cultural Centre of India

7:00 p.m., Saturday, September 7
Oxford Community Arts Center

Suffragettes–With Liberty and Voting for All

A woman dressed as a suffragette smiles with confidence

In 2020, we celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the United States–the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. Experience the empowering history of the brave women who made triumphant strides through sacrifice and determination. Through story and song, learn about the great gift these women left us–an empowering heritage of pride, momentum and purpose. From 1920 to today, these women are a constant source of strength and inspiration.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 25
Oxford Community Arts Center

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

A young woman in old-fashioned garb holds up and gazes at a stuffed rabbit

Edward Tulane is an expensive toy rabbit made of china. He is loved by a little girl name Abilene, but Edward doesn’t care. He is vain and self-centered. He has no interest in anyone other than himself. On an ocean voyage, Edward is accidently thrown overboard and sinks to the bottom of the sea. So begins his journey—a journey over which he has no control, for he is a toy rabbit. He can neither move nor speak. As years pass by, Edward meets many different people in many different situations: an older grieving couple who find comfort in Edward’s presence, a hobo and his dog who introduce Edward to a whole community of homeless wanderers, a farmer in need of a scarecrow, a sad little boy and his very ill sister, and finally a doll mender and an old doll who teach Edward an invaluable lesson. Through this miraculous journey, Edward learns what it is to love, what it is to lose that love, and how to find the courage to love again.

Cincinnati Playhouse

2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 27
Oxford Community Arts Center

The Inventive Princess of Floralee

Comical scene from the Inventive Princess of Floralee

Part of their Theatre for Young Audiences Tour, this original, two-person, interactive, 45-minute fairy tale will have you “thinking like scientists” as you follow the Princess of Floralee on the adventure of a lifetime, searching for the kidnapped king kept in the clutches of a viciously vile and wrathfully wicked witch. Along the way, the audience will help the princess solve a variety of math, engineering, science, and even dance challenges as she uses her brains, wit, and sound judgment to find her father in the land Scalenfell. You will laugh and cheer as you meet characters like a figure-skating dragon, a platypus saving pirate, a gate with a flair for dancing, and a witch that you may recognize! Created for grades K-5

Know Theatre

7:00 p.m., Friday, November 15
Oxford Community Arts Center

A Madcap Christmas Carol

A puppet playing Tiny Tim and a man playing Scrooge smile at each other

If you think you know the story of miserly old Scrooge, think again! Madcap turns this Christmas ghost story into a fantastically funny tale, bringing your favorite Dickens characters to life with giant puppets and exciting new twists.

Madcap Puppets
Adapted by Dylan Shelton

7:00 p.m. Monday, December 9
Oxford Community Arts Center

Stuart Little

A colorfully dressed actor portraying Stuart poses on top of building blocks that spell out his name.

Stuart Little is a lovable mouse who is born into an ordinary, New York family. His many adventures—both big and small—vividly come to life through a series of delightful scenes. Based on E.B. White's endearing classic and written with charm, wisdom and joy, this adaptation presents the marvelous maneuverings of a mild-mannered mouse who is trying to survive in the great, big world.

Cincinnati Playhouse

2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 26
Oxford Community Arts Center

Harriet Tubman: Straight Up Outta’ The Underground

Woman dressed as Harriet Tubman

Bring the past to the present and change the future with this one-woman interactive storytelling experience. Uncover the truth about America’s 200-year-old struggle with slavery when you play a part in this historic retelling. On this journey, you’ll follow Harriet Tubman, the most recognized conductor of the Underground Railroad. Nicknamed “Moses,” Harriet Tubman lived up to her name by gaining her own freedom, as well as traveling back and forth from North to South over 19 times and freeing over 300 slaves!

Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

7:00 p.m., Monday, February 24
Oxford Community Arts Center

Dragons Love Tacos

A boy stands wide-eyed as puppet dragons help themselves to the tacos on his plate

You know what dragons really love? Tacos, of course! A boy and his dog are watching a TV show about dragons when they unexpectedly get caught up in the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ of what to serve to dragons to eat. Dragons love tacos, but if they accidentally eat spicy salsa. . .watch out!

Cincinnati Playhouse

2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 12
Oxford Community Arts Center

Twice Upon a Time

A puppet dressed as a knight meets his twin as they pose around a framed mirror

Aiden Legend, only child, is making funny faces into a mirror when it falls and breaks, accidentally propelling Aiden’s mirror image into the real world. Is there room in our world for two Aiden Legends? Can Aiden get the Accidental Twin back into the mirror!?

Madcap Puppets
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Paul Strickland

7:00 p.m., Friday, May 15
Oxford Community Arts Center