For Adam Weslek, partying was the key to getting in shape. During his one-hour Zumba classes, he transforms the same Latin-inspired dance steps that helped him shed 120 pounds into a celebration of music, movement, and friendship. International music from Grammy-winning producers powers each class, helping students melt calories with arm waves, hip swivels, and air-marimba solos.
Part of the Fridays@7 series, these concerts commence at 7 p.m. and are preceded by libations and creative cuisine beginning at 5 p.m. Each presentation features the inspired compositions of virtuosos, such as Beethoven, Mahler, Wagner, and Richard Dreyfuss. After the show, stay for the after-party, featuring more food and drink plus a world music performance, led by percussionist Jamey Haddad, that expands musical horizons to the far reaches of Latin America, Africa, and a civilization that lives 500 yards beneath Des Moines, Iowa.
Adapted from the popular animated film, Madagascar Live! brings to life the furry adventures of the familiar cast of on-the-lam zoo animals as they journey back to the African isle of Madagascar. The toe-tapping theatrics follow these well-organized and upwardly mobile critters as they break out of New York's Central Park Zoo and return to their ancestral homeland. The frenetic fusion of music and dance celebrates friendship with original songs, imaginative sets, and vivid costumes, and it will leave audience members clamoring to stage their own inspired midmorning escapes from the carpool lane. Sit back and take in the touring show's visual tapestry of music and movement amid the dramaturgical surroundings of the Stranahan Theater's 2,424-seat space.
When it first opened its doors in 1949, The Huron Playhouse saw its first performance in the form of John Loves Mary, a wartime comedy. In the prevailing years, the venue and its company have run productions of across all genres, from Shakespearean tales to children's theatre. The company puts on five shows a year, filling the space with musicals, dramas, and migratory box fans within the space of an eight-week summer season.
When a performance studio stages The Sound of Music as its first production only months after opening, you know it means business. For the staff of Olmsted Performing Arts, their dedication to developing students' acting skills and hunger for creative expression continues to generate inspiring performances. These range from classic Rodgers and Hammerstein showtunes to song-and-dance numbers from Footloose, a rousing tale about the adventures of a barefoot podiatrist.