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Mark A. Philbrick
Competition heats up among characters in BYU's "Roofsliding."

If you're tired of seeing your kids glued to TV and video games, there's no excuse. This week, the curtain rises on another children's show. Don't forget to check out the children's shows that opened last week.

"Prince Brat and the Whipping Boy" opens Friday and runs through April 19 at the Children's Theatre & School of the Arts, 237 S. State. Adapted by Sid Fleischman from his Newbery Award-winning children's book, the story of Prince Brat translates perfectly into a musical. The bratty Prince, a street urchin named Jeremy — who is a stand-in for the Prince when he earns a whipping — Cutwater and Hold-Your-Nose Billy take you on a trip in the spirit of a Mark Twain adventure. Performances are Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; $12 (532-6000 or www.childrenstheatreandschool.org).

"Roofsliding" opens Friday and runs through April 4 at Pardoe Theatre, Brigham Young University. This is the premiere, written by BYU student Morag Plaice Shepherd. The three families in "Roofsliding" begin to reveal their desires and weaknesses. Competition heats up, and friends engage in rivalry. Performances are daily except Sundays and Mondays at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on March 29 at 2 p.m., $7-$14 (801-422-4322 or www.performance.byu.edu).

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