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Season Kicks Off with Family Fun
October 15, 2009, 10:13 pm
Filed under: Family Fun

The 09-10 season kicked off with family fun in the Carnival Studio Theater of the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House with performances by Marionetas de la Esquina.  The Mexican puppet troupe made its Miami debut playing to a packed house of families on October 9th and 10th.  The artists presented one of the fabulous shows in their repertory entitled A Moon Between Two Houses.  The story is about two neighbors who become friends through their shared fear of the dark, demonstrating that like most things in life, our fears are better shared with friends rather than faced alone. Marionetas de la Esquina’s unique blend of puppetry and storytelling draws audiences in while conveying lessons about things children can relate to, like being afraid of the dark, in a manner that is entertaining and endearing. 

Photo by Jonathan Stout

Photo by Jonathan Stout

The Friday evening show welcomed Girl Scout groups from around the county and was preceded by a pizza party.  The participating Girl Scouts rounded out the evening with a post-show meet and greet with the artists and their puppets.  This is one of the many show-based activities that the Arsht Center presents to get youth in the community involved and engaged in the performing arts. 

Photo by Jonathan Stout

Photo by Jonathan Stout

For Miami-Dade county families, the Marionetas de la Esquina performances are just the beginning of a season filled with family-friendly programming.  The award winning FREE FAMILY FEST begins it’s alternating month schedule on November 7th at 11:30am in the Thomson Plaza for the Arts, featuring a free orchestral performance by the Miami Music Project.  In addition, other offerings for families include Parent’s Choice award winners Hot Peas ‘N Butter on November 22nd, Grammy award winners They Might Be Giants on February 27, and a free family sing-along on March 20th with the Miami Children’s Chorus.

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