Overture Center for the Arts – New Season and Kids in the Rotunda

The 2010/2011 season at Overture Center is almost here! Single tickets go on sale Saturday, September 11, so now is a great time to check out what the new season has to offer your family! We’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a list of all the youth-oriented and family-friendly shows. Enjoy! (all show descriptions taken from the Overture Center website)

Shows designed for youth

Ferdinand the Bull Sunday, Feb. 20, 3pm

Meet Ferdinand, an unusual bull who prefers picking flowers to joining the bullfighters in the ring, and Danilo, a young nobleman whose father Duque Dodo has big dreams for him. Watch what happens when Danilo, the reluctant matador, meets Ferdinand in the bullring. You’ll cheer for them as they refuse to go along with the crowd and strike a blow for individuality and the celebration of our differences in this rousing musical that blends English and Spanish languages as it teaches peaceful solutions to life’s difficulties.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Saturday, March 12, 11am

This is the show that “in-the-know parents go nuts for,” says New York Magazine. The charming blacklight puppetry gives even the youngest theatergoers a spellbinding experience. The elegant telling of these beautifully simple stories transfixes young and old alike. Since its first performance more than ten years ago, this collection of Eric Carle stories has come to life for more than a million wide-eyed children. And now it’s your turn to watch your little caterpillars grow wings and fly!

Perô, or the Mysteries of the Night Sunday, May 1, 3pm

This sweet, simple, tender tale has only gotten richer since its beginnings centuries ago in the storied tradition of Italian Commedia dell’arte. She does laundry by day; he bakes by night. Will they ever find true love? Find out in this charming musical adaptation from the Netherlands that blends artistry, creativity and a European sensibility to create what ParentMap calls “sparkling, tour-de-force theater.”

Strega Nona Sunday, Nov. 21, 3pm

Based on the beloved children’s books by “creative visionary” (Boston Globe) Tomie de Paola, this is the rich and colorful tale of a friendly witch who strives to cure the everyday ills of her tiny Italian town. Featuring an energetic score by composer Aron Accurso, the use of traditional Commedia dell’arte and a set design inspired by the Strega Nona pop-up book, this enchanting production illustrates the importance of the adage “be careful what you wish for – you just might get it!” Most enjoyed by children 4-9.

Although not specifically designed for youth, all ages are admitted at parents’ discretion to the following shows:

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater Sat. Feb. 5, 3 pm

It’s raining cats and dogs – and clowns and jugglers! Gregory Popovich, heir to the storied Moscow Circus legacy, brings his highly unusual, family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. Each of the show’s 15 cats and 10 dogs were once strays, rescued from animal shelters. Now, they love to show off onstage – by performing a variety of stunts and skits! This extravaganza of European-style clowns, amazing juggling and balancing acts, and of course, very talented performing pets will delight adults and kids alike.

The Peking Acrobats Sun. Feb. 14, 3 pm

Since 1958, the Peking Acrobarts have toured the world, leaving audiences spellbound. This elite group will vault, juggle, and climb—at times flying or balancing high above Overture Hall stage. See how the impossible was done before the days of movie special effects as these performers transform 2000-year old athletic disciplines into a kaleidoscope of entertainment and wonder. A live Chinese orchestra plays, lights dazzle, and clouds of fog roll in to complete the scene, fit for an emperor—or you and your family.

Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre Fri. April 15, 8 pm

Immerse yourself in the rich traditions of Native American culture. Founded at the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota with the support of traditional Lakota Indian educators, healers, community leaders, championship pow-wow dancers, singers and storytellers, they perform Cokata Upo! (Come to the Center), an elaborate and captivating theatrical work celebrating the culture of the Lakota people. Live traditional, sacred and courting songs accompany traditional dances set against a backdrop of spectacular video imagery and interwoven with stirring narratives and wisdom-filled creation stories.

Mariachi Los Camperos Thu., Nov. 11, 7:30 pm

A traditionalist and a visionary, Nati Cano has both mirrored and shaped the history of mariachi music. He and Los Camperos, the group he founded and directs, have been a fixture in the Los Angeles area and a driving force in the mariachi tradition in North America for nearly 50 years. His longtime association with Linda Ronstadt, backing her up in live performances and on her milestone Canciones de Mi Padre album, helped catapult mariachi music to unprecedented national prominence. Our historic Capitol Theater plays the perfect host to this storied musical tradition.

Drumline Live! Sat. Nov. 27 – Sun. Nov. 28

This incredible new show, created by the music team behind the hit movie ‘Drumline’, brings black marching band tradition to the theatrical stage for the very first time. With riveting rhythms, bold beats and ear-grabbing energy, their “inspired and energized” (Newark Star Ledger) show is an adrenaline-laced tribute to the historically black college and university experience. Incorporating original compositions and soul-infused interpretations of top 40 hits, group performances range from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences.

Single tickets to all Overture shows except Les Miserables go on sale on Saturday, September 11. In person sales begin at 8 am – phone and internet sales start at 10.

Lap Seats
For many of the family-friendly shows, you can order $3 lap seats for young children ahead of time.

Kids in the Rotunda

Each Saturday from the end of September through April at 9:30 am, 11 am and 1 pm, Overture Center presents Kids in the Rotunda, a series of FREE artistic programs designed for children and families. This popular performing arts series on the Rotunda Stage offers a relaxed, kid-friendly environment in which to enjoy a diverse lineup of local and regional musicians, storytellers, jugglers, theater troupes, magicians and dancers. The 1 pm performances are sign language interpreted.

The first Kids in the Rotunda this fall is The Figureheads on Saturday, Sept. 25. Check the website for the complete schedule.

Overture Center is located at 201 State Street.


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