Boston Children’s Theater provides creative programs for children whose parents are interested in introducing them to the performing arts. Designed for youngsters ages four through nineteen, the theater, which is one of the oldest children’s theatrical organizations in the country, offers year round classes in acting, dance and musical theater. Programs last up to eight weeks and classes feature both classic and modern shows where kids can sign up for affordable main stage productions. Classes include a myriad of options, from an after-school theater class or a playwright project to a summer program or a live theatrical performance like Of Mice and Men. All performances are held at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, located on Tremont Street in Boston.
Children who are interested in music early on can get their start at From the Top, a non-profit organization designed for kids eight and older to showcase their talents on the radio. Vocalists, composers and ensembles are featured in live national performances of classical music on National Public Radio. Young budding musicians, up to age eighteen, are eligible for a scholarship program and can sign up for workshops to prepare them for a live on-air performance of classical music and future career in the arts. Live shows give kids a chance to display their musical abilities in a variety of performances, broadcasts and concerts. Past productions have also appeared on the PBS series From the Top at Carnegie Hall.
Made by the famed Italian Guarneri family of luthiers in 1743, the Bonjour violin comes to life today in the hands of master violinist Vadim Repin. The Russian virtuoso coaxes heart-tugging tones from the gorgeous wooden body of the violin—whose acoustics have blossomed along with its value over the years—as well as the radio receiver inside the instrument. Praised for his "unshakable bravura" by the New York Times' Steve Smith, Repin drives the instrument with a muscular, energetic style.
Perhaps best known as a Marilyn Monroe movie from 1956, William Inge's Bus Stop begins with a snowstorm that strands a busload of passengers at a diner outside Kansas City. As the motley band—which includes a lovestruck cowboy and the nightclub singer he longs for—spend the night together, they fill the cold air with bluster, heartache, and laughter as they reach out tentatively for love. Huntington's former artistic director Nicholas Martin artfully unfolds the whole thing over the course of two hours, with two 10-minute intermissions for the audience to catch its breath after laughing and running wind sprints up and down the aisles.
Music connoisseurs and building buffs regard Symphony Hall as one of the finest concert halls in the world. Sixteen replicas of Greek and Roman statues line the walls, and its airy space lends a majestic resonance to each string pluck and unexpected sneeze. Opened in 1900, Symphony Hall was the first auditorium designed in accordance with scientifically derived acoustic principle, sloping inward to help focus the sound of the orchestra's stirring string renditions.