A continuation of last month's blog post, where I picked my "don't-miss" favorites for the 2015-2016 BTC season ... which, if you haven't already guessed, is every single show we are presenting!
Jack & The Beanstalk | February 16-19, 2016 | 10am and noon
(Tales by the Fire performance - open to the public - February 20 @ 6pm)
Florentine Opera Company, Milwaukee
It is THE best when you have adults laughing and enjoying themselves at something they were hesitant to sit through. This opera experience will change your viewpoint of the often misunderstood art genre of opera forever. In addition to the eight daytime BTC performances, the Florentine also presents a family event in our Kuttemperoor Grand Hall as part of our Tales by the Fire series! If you have little ones at home and have never experienced Tales By the Fire, buy your tickets now for the Saturday, February 20, 6pm, performance at www.wilson-center.com/family-series-1516 or by calling 262-781-9520. It is a pure delight to see our smaller guests march right up to our fireplace with pajamas on and blankets in hand. With cookies and juice to end the night, we promise that your imagination, heart, and belly will be full!
Are You My Mother? | March 21, 2016 | 10am and noon
ArtsPower, New Jersey
Have you ever met anyone who has not liked this book? Me neither! I’m not sure if it was my love for animals or because I am adopted that I identified with the story so strongly, but as a little tike, this book was probably in my hands hundreds of times. When the ArtsPower actors take The Harris Theater stage, it will not be a play but rather a musical of this beloved story! What better way to get kids excited about literacy and books than through the arts.
Parsons Dance | April 8, 2016 | 10am (Note: only one performance)
New York City
Let me tell you. My dad had to sit through a lot, and I mean A LOT, of dance recitals over the years. For him to actually want to attend a dance performance is a big deal. So it speaks volumes about this company that he wants to attend this one—there will not be a tutu or pink ballet slipper in sight! I also am a huge fan of Parsons Dance, and not just because they have stolen my dad's heart. Their piece "Caught" is out of this world! If you have any athletes in your classroom (and with that said, dance is a sport and very athletic), those students will be blown away by the strength of this piece. Also, the company members are tremendous educators. There is no question that this will be a child-friendly performance. What better way to introduce your students to the world of dance!
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