The Banyan Bowl Stage: music and theater for children of all ages

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So much of the focus of cultural arts programming at the Gardens has been centered on exposure of the full range of performing arts disciplines at affordable prices for children of all ages. There is no greater gift a child can get than experiencing a classical music concert, musical theater or a ballet to inspire, motivate and stimulate their young and impressionable minds. The next two weeks at the Gardens will be jam packed with programs and performances designed to do just that…and we are proud to be able to bring these opportunities to our Pinecrest community and the greater community of South Florida.

Miami Children’s Theater presents….
Dr. Dolittle – The Musical
Book, Music & Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Based on the Doctor Dolittle Stories by Hugh Lofting

Friday, May 6, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 7, 3:00 p.m.*
Saturday, May 7, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 8, 3:00p.m.
* Sensory Friendly Performance
“It is a warm and winning family show” Charles Spenser — The Daily Telegraph
Literature’s famous doctor lights up the stage in this magical tale of adventure, unlikely friendships and talking animals. The classic tale of kindness to animals trots, crawls and flies onto the stage in Doctor Dolittle, a Broadway-sized family musical. All of the characters we’ve come to love through the stories of Hugh Lofting and the magical movie musical are given new life in the stage version. Tickets for Dr. Dolittle are available at the gate the day of the performance. For information call 205-669-6990.

Tickets are $10 (age 2 and over) general admission Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday Afternoon. Sensory Friendly Saturday Matinee is $5 general admission.

Miami Music Project presents…
Chamber Serenade…An Afternoon Concert at the Gardens
May 14, 2016, 2:00 p.m.

Miami Music Project uses music as an instrument for social transformation, empowering children to acquire values and achieve their full potential, positively affecting their society through the study and performance of music. Headquartered in Miami, FL, Miami Music Project currently holds four chapters in underdeveloped and immigrant communities, Little Haiti, Liberty City, Little Havana and Doral with distinct populations – predominantly Haitian, African American and Hispanic. Miami Music Project has grown over the past 6 years from a student roster of 15 to almost 500. You can attend this wonderful concert free of charge with general park admissions ($5 for visitors 2 years and over and $3 for seniors 65 and over) and will include full usage of park and park amenities for the day.

Orchestra Miami’s Family Fun Concert Series presents…
An opera by Hans Krása.
Sunday, May 15, 4:00 p.m.
Orchestra Miami presents a very special performance of a very special opera- Brundibár a children’s opera that premiered during World War II, that became both a symbol of hope, resistance and a Nazi propaganda tool. It was performed 55 times in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, and used as propaganda by the Nazis to show how well the prisoners were being treated in the camp. A classic story of good versus evil, this beautiful piece is a symbol of hope and the triumph of the human spirit. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $10 for children (up to age 17).

Linda Peterson
May 5 – June 18
Exhibit Opening Thursday, May 12th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Linda Ann Peterson has been scratching the surface of her existence with fervor and accomplishments. Born in Key Largo and baptized in saline. She denied herself the creative degree and pursued a teaching career only to find herself unsatisfied from a lack freedom and or lack of self-expression. L.A. as her friends know her has accepted her need for artistic realization by throwing herself fully with abandonment into the unknown. Having never drawn a stick figure, her art is soul felt and determined. Overflowing with ideas, Linda has been fortunate enough to find a freedom of expression which is rare. She believes art is more science than professed. She sees the artist journey as a more daring experience than any scholastic or logical endeavor. Free for all.

Turtle: The Incredible Journey
May, 13, 7:00 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens will host the third Nature Film Night of the year with a screening of Turtle: The Incredible Journey. This film is the story of a little loggerhead turtle, which follows in the path of her ancestors on one of the most extraordinary journeys in the natural world. Born on a beach in Florida, she rides the Gulf Stream all the way to the frozen north and ultimately swims around the entire North Atlantic to Africa and back to the beach where she was born. Our community experts will teach about sea turtle conservation with hands on activities and educational displays in our hibiscus room prior to the screening. Gates open at 6:30pm with exhibits beginning at 7:00 p.m., followed by the movie at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 at the door.

General Orchid Culture
Wednesday, May 11, 10:30 a.m.
General Orchid Culture: Join Pinecrest Gardens’ specialists in the Hibiscus Room at 10:30 a.m. for a hands-on workshop to learn the tips and tricks of growing orchids indoors and out. The fee is $10 per person that includes all supplies and take-home project. There is a limit of 12 people per workshop so we would recommend early registration and payment. Contact the Gardens administration offices for information at 305-669-6990.

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