Saturday, August 20, 2016

MELBOURNE FLORIDA'S KING CENTER PRESENTS: Theatre for Youth 2016-2017

MELBOURNE FLORIDA'S
KING CENTER PRESENTS:
Theatre for Youth 2016-2017
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The launch of each new
school year means two
things on Florida's sunny
Space Coast  the kick-
off to another dreadful
Dolphins season, and
the kick-off to another
delightful season for the
King Center's acclaimed
Theatre for Youth Program.
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Located on the Melbourne campus of Eastern Florida State College, the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts has been entertaining, educating and enriching area students (grades K-12) through its Theatre for Youth program for the last 20-plus years. And according to longtime project director, Karen Wilson, the 2016-2017 season stands to be one of the best and brightest yet.

"Our commitment to fostering
positive experience for youth
remains a priority through the
programs offered each season."
-Karen Wilson

As a fervent, 40-year supporter of Melbourne's art scene — one who also possess a personal passion for the area's young people, I remain one of the King Center's most spirited cheerleaders  particularly when it comes to supporting the Theatre for Youth program. As a result, I'm thrilled to offer a sneak peek at the show schedule for the upcoming season.

DOG LOVES BOOKS
Thurs, October 20 / 10:30am
(Suggested audience: Grades K–2)

This irresistible dog loves everything
about books! Fast-paced and funny,
Dog Loves Books is a delightful
musical that celebrates the power
of imagination and sharing with others.
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THE WORLD TURNED
UPSIDE DOWN:
Music and Stories of the
American Revolution
Tues, October 25 / 10:30am
(Suggested audience: Grades 3–12)

The year is 1776, and the audience
journeys back in time to experience
events in American History. This
interactive theatrical production is
underscored with music and stories
of the Red Coats and the many
courageous leaders that helped
shape the landscape of our country.
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‘TWAS THE NIGHT
BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Mon, December 5 / 10:30am
(Suggested audience: Grades 1-5)

A heartwarming treasure — a classic
musical, complete with holiday décor.
A timeless tale of a father’s love for
his family,.that's sure to help ring in
the season of merriment.
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THE GOLDEN
DRAGON ACROBATS
Tues, January 17 / 10:30am
Groups 10 or more!
(Suggested audience: All ages)
                       
Featuring the traditions and centuries
old art form, the Golden Dragon
Acrobats dazzle the audience with
their vibrant costumes, daring feats of
athleticism and heart-stopping stunts.
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BEAKMAN LIVE!
What's Going on
Here, Beakman?
Tues, January 31 / 10:30am
(Suggested audience: Grades 3–6)

Using old and new school technology,
this live stage show features wacky
and visually compelling, large scale
science demonstrations, aimed at
introducing young audiences to
neuroscience in a fun, dynamic,
accessible, and memorable way.
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PROJECT TRIO:
Bach to Rock to Hip-Hop
Thurs, February 23 / 10:30am
(Suggested audience: Grades 6–12)

Members of the audience will journey
through various genres of music,
underscored with a blend of classical,
hip-hop, salsa, jazz and much more.
This concert is sure to empower
critical thinkers, spark creativity
and provide a cultural exchange.
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THE SONG OF MULAN
Tues, March 7 / 10:30am
(Suggested audience: Grades 1–5)

Adapted from the epic Chinese folk
poem, The Song of Mulan will teach
the audience the true meaning of
family honor and traditions as the
story comes alive through authentic
costumes, scenery and music.
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PLUS...

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP
THE WAR IS WON… WHAT’S NEXT!
Tues, October 25 / Immediately following the show
(Suggested audience: Grades 4–5)

In conjunction with the main stage performance of The World Turned Upside Down: Music and Stories of the American Revolution, this interactive workshop is presented in cooperation with the League of Women Voters of the Space Coast. Through a series of hands-on activities, the workshop will cover such topics as: the development of the colonies in America, their progression to independence from England, their growth into a strong United States, the making of the American flag, and an understanding of the power and responsibility of voting.

Registration priority is open on a first come basis to guests who purchase seats for the main stage show.
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MASTER CLASS
PROJECT TRIO: YOU CAN JAM!
Thurs, February 23 / 6pm
(Suggested audience: Grades 6 – 12)
$6 — cost for the concert is additional $10

The Project Trio Workshop is a fully interactive class that is open to all ages, instruments, and at any level. We encourage you to bring your instrument, no matter what style of music you like to play. Whether you are a first-time improviser or have been jamming for years, the class will be fun and informative. There will be an emphasis on Rhythm, Composition, Improvisation, Extended Techniques and Building Ensembles with any instrumentation. SPACE IS LIMITED!
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Wow, sounds like fun, right? A dog who's a bookworm, death-defying acrobats, a Christmas classic AND MORE! A stellar season line-up, to be sure. In fact, I'll even be hittin' up a few of these shows myself. Heck, if anybody thinks that I'm gonna miss Beakman, they'd be sadly mistaken!

All shows go on sale Friday, September 9th at noon. Admission for each show is $10 per person $8 per person for groups of ten or more. King Center ticket office hours are Monday - Friday, noon - 6pm. Saturday, noon - 4pm. To order by phone, call (321) 242-2219. For groups of ten or more, call (321) 433-5718. Online tickets are also available, 24/7 at www.KingCenter.com.

-Christopher Long
(August 2016)

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