Cinderellais a “gateway drug,” says Sherri Young, executive director of the African American Shakespeare Company. Here’s her idea: Get kids (and adults) hooked with the masquerade ball and some evil (and comical) stepsisters, and they’ll be ready — no, eager — for more drama on the stage. This company’s production of Cinderella, now in its 10th year, has more glitter than a Broadway show, and that sparkle isn’t confined to the footlights. As part of the ACTive Engagement Series, an effort to provide a deeper connection to the stage, kids can wield some glitter and glue with abandon to make their own crowns and tiaras. (It starts at 2 p.m. today only, and it’s free.) They also get a mini historical tour through royal traditions around the world, so if nothing else they can better understand everyone’s favorite scullery maid turned fairy princess. Who doesn’t want to see the underdog triumph and the hard-working have some fun? And today you can wear a tiara while doing it.
Fridays-Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Dec. 11. Continues through Dec. 18, 2011