The Fam Five: October Arts Picks

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent
Disney's “Aladdin” plays the Ohio Theatre for 16 shows starting Oct. 24.


There's nothing like the classics: In this play, our heroes hunt down a mysterious figure known as Count Dracula, who is blamed for the spread of vampirism in London. Their travels take them to Transylvania and back, and Steven Deitz treats his adaptation with horror and humor. Columbus Children's Theatre presents “Dracula” Oct. 18-31. It is recommended for grades 4 and up. Tickets start at $18.

Columbus Children's Theatre, Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St. (Arena District), Columbus, 614-224-6672,


We thought dinos were a big deal when we were kids. Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim will present National Geographic Live “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous” on Oct. 19 at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts. Ibrahim will tell the story, accompanied by jaw-dropping video, of this almost-lost-to-history giant, which should satisfy the budding scientist in your household. Tickets are $31.50.

Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 W. Dublin-Granville Road, New Albany, 614-469-0939,


Never. Hadda. Friiieeend liiike meeeeeeeeeeeee! The touring production of Disney's “Aladdin” comes to Columbus this month, so if that was one of your three wishes, you're in luck. With new songs and scenes alongside movie favorites, the live show experience is definitely one to be shared. See your favorite street rat win the girl, lose the girl and redeem himself—all while saving the kingdom—with help from a princess and, of course, a genie. “Aladdin” will play 16 shows from Oct. 24 through Nov. 4 at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets start at $34.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), Columbus, 614-469-0939,


One of the things “The Fam Five” tries to do is suggest opportunities for families to start dipping their toes into arts programming. BalletMet, the city's frontline professional dance company, opens its season with “Lineage” Oct. 26 through Nov. 3. It features three shorter works, each by master choreographers and rooted in classic ballet with a twist. Not too modern or traditional, “Lineage” is a great way to try out dance, buffet-style. Tickets start at $29. And the Davidson Theatre is a great space where you'll feel close to the stage no matter where you sit.

Vern Riffe Center, Speaker Jo Ann Davidson Theatre, 77 S. High St. (Downtown), Columbus, 614-469-0939,


The symphony itself isn't scary, but the Columbus Symphony Orchestra will highlight spooky tunes in a “Monster Boogie!” concert Oct. 14 at the Ohio Theatre. The entire family is invited to come in costume and spend some time face painting, dancing and getting musical tattoos prior to the concert, which is geared for ages 2-10. Tickets are $8.50 kids, $12.50 adults.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), Columbus, 614-469-0939,

The Fam Five is arts and entertainment coverage from Jim Fischer atColumbus Alive.