Fun Facts About Family-Friendly Broadway Shows at The Smith Center

Many families in the Las Vegas Valley might be unsure how to best introduce their children to live theater. Fortunately, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Southern Nevada’s leading performing arts center, has just the answer with its new Family-Friendly Broadway package, offering three high-energy musicals that will thrill young audiences and help spark a lifelong love for the performing arts. This package includes smash Broadway musicals “School of Rock,” “Disney’s The Lion King” and “Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Curious to know more? Check out fun facts below about these upcoming shows at The Smith Center!

“School of Rock” – August 7 to 12, 2018

This Musical’s Child Cast Members Play Their Own Instruments

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy.

Based on the hilarious film starring Jack Black, this energizing musical will help inspire your own young musicians. The production’s large-scale musical numbers feature musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band, with the full cast of child performers playing their own instruments live on stage.

“Disney’s The Lion King” 

November 7 to 25, 2018

This Eye-Popping Show Features Over 200 Puppets

Buyi Zama as “Rafiki” in THE LION KING North American Tour.
©Disney. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Kids and adults alike have been left breathless by the vibrant puppet menagerie brought to life in this enchanting show, from tropical birds swooping overhead to lumbering elephants and frolicking gazelle moving through the aisles.

Your kids surely know the Disney animated film, but they will never forget this live experience that immerses them in a theatrical world like no other.

“Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” June 18 to 30, 2019

Oompa-Loompas, Incredible Inventions, The Great Glass Elevator and More

Everything that captures children’s imaginations in Roald Dahl’s deliciously fun book can now be experienced live, allowing kids to enjoy their favorite characters on a magical new level. This show even features songs from the original film, such as “Pure Imagination” and “The Candy Man.”

By: The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

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