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2014-15 Marvelous Music Family Series

The Family Series—five family-friendly performances that can be enjoyed by young and old alike, and at an affordable price!

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Children's Theatre of Charlotte presents 
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel | 10 a.m.
and The Emperor’s New Clothes | 3 p.m. 
Saturday, October 25 
Once again, the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte returns to Cary with two shows in one day: Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel (10 a.m.) and a world premiere retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson classic, The Emperor’s New Clothes (3 p.m.). As a delightful musical adaptation of the book by Virginia Lee Burton, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, is a story of two friends whose hard work and determination finally pay off.
Come back later for Max Bush’s adaptation of The Emperor’s New Clothes. A mother and son fool the vain and selfish Emperor into believing that they can make him an extraordinary suit that is both beautiful and magical.  Will the Emperor “see through” their plan? Come down to the arts center to find out! Buy tickets for the morning show or the afternoon show, or both!  

Cary Ballet presents A Mini Very Cary Christmas
Saturday, December 20 | 10 a.m.
Cary Ballet Company & The 3D Project present a holiday production wrapped up in one hour! In A Mini Very Cary Christmas, you will be treated to exclusive holiday jazz works by dancers of The 3D Project, followed by a mini ballet demonstration presented by Cary Ballet's Artistic Director. In keeping with holiday tradition, Cary Ballet Company will close this performance with a condensed and delightful version of the “Nutcracker” with the Sugarplum Fairy and other dances.
Afterwards, as an additional option to this performance, join us for A Special Ballerina Tea. Following the show, you and your child will decorate and customize a tea cup for a spot of tea, and participate in a photo op with our featured ballerinas. Moms and Dads, bring your cameras! The Special Ballerina Tea is a limited package, which includes premiere seating for the performance. Tickets for the package are $16. So get your tickets early while supplies last. 

Build-A-Band Concert with the Triangle Wind Ensemble 
Sunday, February 8 | 4 p.m.
Join director Evan Feldman and the 50-member Triangle Wind Ensemble, a semi-professional concert band, in discovering the building blocks of concert music. This fun, interactive, hour-long concert will include creative opportunities for kids and adults alike to be part of the music-making and to have their creative ideas performed by the band. You’ll also get to experience some great and entertaining musical compositions that everyone will appreciate and enjoy.

Mr. Blue Shoes
Saturday, March 7 | 3 p.m.
Take your child on a historical journey through America’s cultural heritage, covering a span of 400 years of music, song, dance, and storytelling. Mr. Blue Shoes is a one-hour, highly-interactive and engaging, multisensory live music experience. The show encompasses Blues music, history, and life lessons, designed to inspire children of all ages about music and learning. Not only will children be engaged throughout the performance, they will become part of the performance–singing, dancing, clapping, participating in call and response, and perhaps even taking part on stage!

Crafty Class Connections

Pack even more entertainment into your family's theater experience by participating in a crafty art class with your child prior to each show!

  • Mike Mulligan & his Steam Shovel – Make a steam shovel model with an operator!
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes – Embellish a cape and create a crown fit for an emperor or empress!
  • Build-A-Band – We will build our own band, out of clay, prior to the show…come make some whistles toot and shakers rattle!
  • Mr. Blue Shoes – Make your own Blue Shoe Bungalow with a little critter that snuggles up inside!

Those who attend these classes will receive premiere seating and can see the show at a reduced ticket price of $5.

Contact Information
For general information, call (919) 462-2055.

Sarah Preston, Performing Arts/Operations Coordinator
(919) 462-3969


Cary Arts Center  101 Dry Avenue, Cary, NC 27511  |  (919) 469-4069