The holidays have arrived in southern Nevada and, as you know, there’s no better time to forge lasting family memories. The questions often is: what should we do? One outing you will never forget is to a live performance at The Smith Center. The family-friendly winter shows will have kids dancing, laughing — and even learning. Check out the shows below for a fun holiday outing, or to gift a loved one with show tickets!
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2018
Catch the festive, holiday beat with “DRUMLine Live,” showcasing dazzling vocalists, high-octane musicians and energetic choreography. All based on the marching band tradition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
This electrifying show will mix festive tunes and beautiful holiday costumes with gospel, jazz, soul and Motown – all combined with a hip-hop beat and the driving force of an HBCU marching band.
Still not convinced? This acclaimed production was created by the renowned musical team behind the hit “Drumline” films, to showcase the adrenaline-pumping performances of HBCU bands to the world.
“People can see (top marching band performances) on stage, without going across the country,” says Director Don P. Roberts.
Student/children’s tickets (16 and under) start from $16.50.
6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Best for children 3 to 10
With Eric Carle’s classic children’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, there’s no better time to enjoy the live theater show.
Featuring a whopping 75 brightly colored, handcrafted puppets, the show brings to life four of Carle’s most popular books: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear,” “10 Little Rubber Ducks,” “The Very Lonely Firefly” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
“There’s no way you can be bored during this show. You see a new puppet come on stage every 40 seconds,” promises Producer Jonathan Rockefeller, who worked directly with Carle to craft the show. “I believe in creating high-quality content for kids, so they have a really nice introduction to theater.”
The show’s storyline and dialogue is targeted to entertain children and adults alike, Rockefeller emphasizes, adding that people of all ages enjoy seeing their literary “rock stars” brought to life.
“These characters are so iconic for everyone,” he says. “We’ve had kids as young as 6 months come to the show, all the way up to older adults.”
1 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2019
Best for children 5 to 12
Kids worldwide have become enamored with the Emmy-nominated animated television series “Wild Kratts.” Follow the Kratt brothers on hilarious expeditions with wild animals from around the world.
Now, kids can go exploring with the show’s real-life stars, brothers and science experts Chris and Martin Kratt, as they return to The Smith Center with their spectacular live show.
Performed in over 135 cities in North America, this imaginative show engages kids with a classic Wild Kratts story of confronting a comic villain and helping bring the creatures of the animal world to safety.
For tickets and more information about these shows, visit www.TheSmithCenter.com.
Please note that every audience member will need a ticket, regardless of age.
By: The Smith Center for the Performing Arts