The best children's shows place a high premium on audience interaction, unlike the opera or traffic court. Rustle up some kid-friendly fun with this GrouponLive deal to see Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live Presented by Nationwide Insurance at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 6. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. For $15, you get one ticket for seating in rows AA–HH of the orchestra or rows F–K of the balcony (up to a $31 value, including all fees). Specific seating based on availability. Seating will be pre-assigned by the MPAC box office. Choose between two showtimes:
- 1:30 p.m.
- 4:30 p.m.
For most animal lovers, “Jungle Jack” Hanna is a household name with his trademark khaki safari outfit; inviting Tennessee twang; and enormous collection of furry, feathered, and reptilian friends. The famed director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has kept audiences enamored and talk-show hosts bewildered since 1981. Taking a reprieve from hosting Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown, letting snakes loose on Good Morning America, and pestering David Letterman with lemurs, Jack brings his adventure program, Into the Wild, onto the stage for an awe-inspiring and educational safari for all ages.
With his easygoing mannerisms and diehard passion for his craft, Jack escorts enchanted audiences through a multimedia, multispecies travelogue of his wildlife escapades. A gifted raconteur, Jack paints pictures with words as he shows video clips of his encounters with nature’s most adorable and dangerous critters, promoting his efforts to protect the world’s endangered species. The highlight of every one of Jack’s appearances is always the amazing creatures he brings to the stage, and this show promises an ark of awes, gasps, and creepy-crawlies. The roster of animals at Jack’s program is subject to change, but recent appearances have included a bald eagle, a python, a sloth, and a snickering Australian kookaburra bird. Audiences at this year’s tour have also encountered a hovering owl searching for leftover moles and a glimpse down the throat of a 10-foot-long alligator.
Mayo Performing Arts Center
The Mayo Performing Arts Center straddles time. While one foot is planted in the old-fashioned charm of the 1930s movie-palace golden age, the other is firmly in the tech-savvy modern day. Between is a stretch of history that saw the theater fall into disrepair and then resurrect itself to its star-studded heyday thanks to volunteers. Since its 1994 rebirth, the center has welcomed everyone from the Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg to Ringo Starr and Aretha Franklin. But, if the Mayo Center were a tripod, its third foot would certainly reach toward the future—a suite of education studios is on site to cultivate the next generation of performers.