Spotlight Children’s Theatre

Check out a performance of Sleeping Beauty this weekend.

In my on-going quest to check out all of the cool, unknown (to me) spots in Tulsa (that I can take my kids to, as not to confuse my on-going quest to check out all of the dive bars in Oklahoma), my sister and I loaded up the kids (age range 10 to 2) to watch the performance of Sleeping Beauty at Spotlight Children’s Theatre on Sunday.

If you’re not sure where that is, it’s right along Riverside (1381 Riverside Drive). Chances are if you frequent the river, you’ve seen it. It’s the cool white building with the large circular, glass-bricked window. It’s the home of Oklahoma’s longest running play, The Drunkard & the Olio (time out to add to bucket list). According to their website, every Saturday evening the Spotlight Theatre opens it doors at 7 p.m. A singalong begins at 7:15. The show starts at 7:30 with the Olio: dancers, musicians, jugglers, magicians, or comedians. The main event is “an old-fashioned mellerdramer” called The Drunkard. During intermissions we serve made-to-order sandwiches, beer, coffee, soft drinks and (no kidding) tomatoes to toss at the villain. Yes!

The Children’s Theatre is similar in that it’s interactive, which is key when you want to take small children, well, anywhere. No kidding, my 2-year-old (with the help of a perfectly timed intermission and a ring pop) sat through the whole performance. It’s not your normal, Disney-like version of Sleeping Beauty (thank goodness), it’s actually pretty hysterical for all ages. Also, I was very impressed with the talent. I got those warm-fuzzies you get when you look over and see your children thinking “I could do that, too.”


We had a really good time at the show, and I think it got my kids thinking a bit about theatre.  I don’t want to ruin the story for you, so I won’t go into much detail. But here are the basics for you to check it out yourself:

Show dates: Friday, March 13; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14; 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 15; 2:00 p.m.

Call 918.587.5030 for reservations, or click here for their website.

$8 for children under 13.
$9 seniors (62+)
$10 adults (13+)


P.S. the Good Fairy was so much fun!