The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center invites South Florida families to experience its exciting Family Series lineup. This season, patrons of all ages can experience the entertainment of acrobats, magicians and classic childhood stories, to name a few.
SMDCAC Family Series (in date order) includes:
The One and Only Ivan, Sunday, Jan. 26, 4 p.m., Main Stage —
A mighty gorilla crushed by years in a cage, Ivan — aided by a dog and a young human — finds new courage when he meets a captured baby elephant. A thought-provoking show for kids and parents based on Katherine Appleby’s bestselling, Newbery Medal winning children’s book, about the power of friendship, family, home, and daring to do what’s right.
Tickets are $15-25.
Jason Bishop, Saturday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., Main Stage — Magic-maker Jason Bishop has been called the hottest illusionist of his generation, performing his awe-inducing original show at major venues across the U.S. and Europe and opening for stars like Drake and Kesha. His jaw-dropping repertoire ranges from stunning double levitations to startling sleight-of-hand, with a pop soundtrack and cutting-edge visual effects. And you could be one of his audience volunteers! Tickets are $15-25 and $42.50 for VIP, which includes table seating and a complimentary beverage.
Catapult, Sunday, Feb. 23, 4 p.m., Main Stage — Vaulting to fame on America’s Got Talent, Catapult uses gifted dancers and boundless imagination to create unique theatrical magic – shadow illusion storytelling that has captivated audiences from Africa to Europe to Las Vegas. Tickets are $25-35.
Peking Acrobats, Saturday, Feb. 29, 3 and 8 p.m., Main Stage — For more than 30 years, The Peking Acrobats’ jaw-dropping acrobatic skills and colorful productions have enchanted audiences worldwide. Based on centuries old Chinese folk traditions, their impossible-seeming feats of balance, juggling, trick cycling, and precision tumbling stretch the limits of human ability, while beautiful traditional costumes and music recreate the atmosphere of an exuberant Chinese carnival. The troupe usually performs at much larger venues so don’t miss this chance to see them up close. Tickets are $20-35.
Enra, Friday, Apr. 3, 8 p.m., Main Stage — Named for a mythical shape-shifting Japanese spirit, Japanese group enra combines martial arts, gymnastics, ballet, street dance and more with vivid digital art projections to create futuristic theatrical magic, riffing on Japanese pop culture and appealing to audiences worldwide. enra has been seen by millions online and at the Cannes Film Festival, on America’s Got Talent, and in China, North and South America. Tickets are $25-$37.50.
Journey to Oz, Sunday, Apr. 5, 4 p.m., Main Stage — In this fantastic new adaptation, we are invited to go to Oz with Dorothy as audience members become a part of an experiential production, singing and dancing, and acting alongside professional actors. When the cyclone comes, the entire theater enters the eye of the storm with whisking lights and exciting music created by lauded composer Josh Totora. Tickets are $15-25.
The Cashore Marionettes: Simple Gifts, Saturday, Apr. 18, 2 p.m., Black Box Theater — Since he made his first puppet at age 11, Joseph Cashore has taken the art of puppetry to new heights, analyzing movement mechanics and human expression to create intricately engineered and lovingly sculpted marionettes, which he manipulates in vivid performances that have moved audiences across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Set to beloved classical music, “Simple Gifts” is an entertaining, poignant series of vignettes from everyday life.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of.
More information about the center and its programs can be found at www.smdcac.org.