The Shows


 “Is this show appropriate for children?” is a question BTL patrons often ask.

Unlike movies, which are rated by the Motion Picture Association of America and an independent group of parents, live productions have no official rating system. Instead, advisories regarding language, sexual references/activity, the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco, violence, and even the use of strobe lights and fog machines are issued to help parents decide if a show is appropriate for their child. 

Because each family has its own set of values, beliefs and child-rearing practices, it is the responsibility of parents to research a show’s content and then decide if it is appropriate for their child. Dozens of show reviews, many written by parents of children and teenagers, can easily be found online. Simply enter the show’s name in your computer’s search engine and follow links.

Ratings assigned by BTL are developed from our review of each show, material provided by each show and reviews from other venues.

Click here to read our FAQ, which answers why we select the shows we do. 

Sid the Science kid
October 16, 2014

Jekyll & Hyde 
November 21 - 23, 2014
Not recommended for children because of murder, lust and mayhem committed by the schizophrenic main character.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze 
December 19-21, 2014
A holiday spectacle perfect for all ages.

Sister Act 
January 9 - 11, 2015
A family friendly musical that contains only a couple of uses of the “D” word. The only violence occurs at the beginning, when the main character witnesses her boyfriend commit murder.

Anything Goes 
January 30 - February 1, 2015
Contains slight sexual innuendo and jokes that might be considered politically incorrect

Peter and the Starcatcher 
March 6 - 8, 2015
Aside from some mild sexual  innuendo and  brief depictions of violence (branding, flogging and bullying), the production is suitable for ages 10 and up.

Ivy & Bean
March 19, 2015

I Love Lucy 
March 27 - 29, 2015
Wholesome and hilarious. Appropriate for all ages.