The Northeast Children's Theatre Company, a Westport nonprofit specializing in professional theatre for families and young audiences, will kick off its inaugural season of programming with a new musical, "The Tortoise And The Hare," in early February. Performances will take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 and 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 and 10, at Fairfield Theatre Company's StageOne, 70 Sanford St.

The Aesop's fable is retold as a contemporary musical comedy, featuring a book by Andrew Barbato with music and lyrics by Lesley DeSantis and Andrew Barbato, according to a release.

At Creekwood Elementary, the day of the big race is approaching. Harvey Hare has always ruled the roost, but this year there is a new competitor: Tommy Tortoise. This story follows Harvey, Tommy, and Tommy's friend, Cindy Snail, as they prepare for the annual Creekwood Forest race and discover the true meaning of friendship and teamwork. The show is best for children at least 6 years old.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for children.

For tickets, call 203-259-1036 or visit