Thursday, July 25, 2013

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center’s Season Subscription Sales Starts July 30!

Make this YOUR
Season at SMDCAC!

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center’s (SMDCAC) 2013-2014 Season runs October, 2013 through May, 2014 and includes a broad array of quality performing artists presented in various venues and series titles including: a Main Stage Series of shows in the 961 seat main theater, a Cabaret Series presented in the intimate 130 seat black box theater, a Family Series (main theater), and a new series featuring local bands called Black Creek Nights At South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (black box theater). The Center also offers a brand new Build Your Own Subscription Series beginning July 30 on designated Main Stage Series productions. Patrons can buy a number of shows of their choice and receive up to a 20% discount and also their choice of the best seats available. Subscription details will be posted soon at or by calling the box office at 786-573-5300. The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is located at 10950 SW 211 Street in Cutler Bay.
Main Stage highlights in Dance include: the Los Angeles-based acrobatic troupe Diavolo, with their South Florida premiere of Transit Space, a work inspired by the sport of skateboarding; a touring production from Argentina with the sultry moves of tango music and dance called Tango Fire; the family holiday favorite The Nutcracker by Miami Youth Ballet; and a modern ballet show by Complexions Contemporary Ballet, a company founded by former Alvin Ailey stars Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. Also featured this season is a group of 22 youth, ages 10-20, from East Africa who bring the dance, music, and the Spirit of Uganda to South Florida. Spirit of Uganda is a Co-Production with Culture Shock Miami. Rounding out the Dance presentations for the season is the Trey McIntyre Project from Boise, Idaho, led by the young and dynamic choreographer and artistic director Trey McIntrye. The New York Times writes “If you had to pick a dance company to represent the United States, the Trey McIntyre Project would be an excellent choice.” This show is a Co-Production with MDC Live Arts.

Main Stage highlights in Theater include an SMDCAC produced show Bring It Home Miami – Viva Broadway! This production is part of the Department of Cultural Affairs' initiative to reconnect established artists with the community that inspired their careers, and is funded through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Knight Arts Challenge. Bring It Home Miami-Viva Broadway! celebrates Latinos on Broadway and allows Miami up-and-coming young talents to perform alongside  Broadway's hottest Latin stars. Other Theater offerings include: Broadway’s Godspell, from Philadelphia Wallnut Street Theatre’s production of Driving Miss Daisy, and from Sarasota Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet, presented with Shadow Interpretation.

Music highlights include: jazz legends Kurt Elling performing popular songs with his band from the Grammy-nominated album 1619-Broadway – The Brill Building Project (The Henri Mancini Institute Jazz Combo opens the show); Stanley Clarke performs with the Harlem String Quartet; and Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band perform with special guest James Carter from the album Olé Coltrane. The Center also presents up and coming jazz artists including the beautiful new voice of Grammy-nominated Gregory Porter, a Co-Presentation with Miami Nice Jazz Festival, and acclaimed piano player and vocalist Jon Batiste with his stellar band Stay Human. Also presented on the Main Stage in the genre of Music are: the Fisk Jubilee Singers an African-American a cappella ensemble of students from Fisk University in Nashville, singing Negro Spirituals (members of the Coral Reef High School Chorale will perform with the group); local Grammy-nominated a cappella singers Seraphic Fire with a holiday concert; and Great Opera Moments presented by the The Opera Atelier from South Florida.
This season the SMDCAC’s Cabaret Series features nine outstanding artistic groups in the intimate space of the black box theater. Artists include string quintet Sybarite5. From Mozart to Radiohead Sybarite5’s eclectic repertoire and dynamic performance style is turning heads throughout the music world! South Florida-based Siempre Flamenco, a return engagement, performs a traditional tablao-style flamenco show called Corazon Y Alma (Heart and Soul). Broadway singer-songwriter and pianist Johnny Rodgers comes back to his home town of south Miami-Dade to perform popular songs and Broadway tunes with his renowned band. The sexy Canadian comedy duo, The Wet Spots, bring a burlesque-style show that uses a lively blend of original songs, audience interaction, spankings and sing-alongs. Acclaimed string quartet Brooklyn Rider also performs. The group is highly praised for their stunningly imaginative performances, wildly eclectic repertoire, and gripping performance style! The Los Angeles Times wrote “The dazzling fingers-in-every pie versatility that Brooklyn Rider exhibits is one of the wonders of contemporary music.”  Modern dancers Liz Casebolt and Joel Smith, Casebolt and Smith, deconstruct their creative process in a comical, fast-paced, intricately layered, meta-theatrical work called O(h). And back after a successful premiere at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center last season, acclaimed jazz singer Rene Marie returns to Miami for a weekend of soulful witty singing. Also featured in the Cabaret Series is North Carolina-bred, New York-based singer/composer/guitarist Becca Stevens and her band. Stevens is described by, The New York Times, as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing.” And finally, The District Stage Company returns to the Cabaret Series with Broadway Uplugged, an intimate evening packed with popular songs from New York’s hottest musical shows!

SMDCAC’s Family Series features three main stage shows and the return of the All Kids Included Family Festival, an action packed day of accessible arts experiences for children with and without disabilities. Main stage productions throughout the season include Choo Choo Soul and the musical adventures of singer/train station manager Genevieve Goings and dancing/beatboxing engineer DC. Choo Choo Soul takes kids to the jungle, the sea and magical locales while performing songs from classic Disney films including Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious, When You Wish Upon A Star, Hakuna Matata and many more! The second Family Series production is Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo™  a unique show that allows kids to travel back in time on a prehistoric journey. They’ll experience an amazing selection of dinosaurs and creatures that inhabited the landscape millions of years ago. The audience is invited to help feed, water and care for these prehistoric marvels. Watch out for the T-rex! The third and final show of the season is Fancy Nancy based on the children’s book series. Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, ‘Deep Sea Dances.’ Nancy is positive, that’s fancy for 100 percent sure, that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted?

A brand new series featuring local bands called Black Creek Nights At South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center takes place in the black box theater. The Center presents performances featuring Lanza, Roosevelt Trio, Alberto Castiglia, Elatic Bond and Suénalo, among others to be scheduled, for only a $10 cover charge.

SMDCAC Presents Schedule and Prices
Diavolo (Main Stage)
Saturday, October 12, 8pm
Sunday, October 13, 3pm

Sybarite5 (Black Box Theater, Cabaret Series)
Friday, October 18, 8:30pm
Saturday, October 19, 7:30pm & 9:30pm
$25 in advance, $30 day of show

Bring It Home Miami—Viva Broadway! (Main Stage)
Saturday, October 19, 8pm

Gregory Porter (Main Stage)
Co-Presented With Miami Nice Jazz Festival
Friday, October 25, 8pm

Choo Choo Soul (Main Stage, Family Series)
Saturday, October 26, 11am
$10 All Tickets

Asolo Rep proudly announces
the 2013 New Stages Tour
An FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training production
Romeo & Juliet  (Main Stage)
By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Lauryn E. Sasso and Dmitry Troyanovsky
Directed by Dmitry Troyanovsky
Performed with Shadow Interpretation
Friday, November 1, 8pm
$15 All Tickets

Stanley Clarke & The Harlem String Quartet (Main Stage)
Saturday, November 2, 8pm

Siempre Flamenco (Black Box Theater, Cabaret Series)
Corazon y Alma (Heart and Soul)
Friday, November 8, 8:30pm
Saturday, November 9, 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Sunday, November 10, 3:30pm
$25 in advance, $30 day of show

Fisk Jubilee Singers (Main Stage)
Saturday, November 9, 8pm

Tango Fire (Main Stage)
Saturday, November 23, 8pm

The Nutcracker (Main Stage)
Performed by Miami Youth Ballet
Saturday, December 7, 8pm

Seraphic Fire Holiday Concert (Main Stage)
Sunday, December 8, 7pm

Johnny Rodgers Band (Black Box Theater, Cabaret Series)
Friday, January 3, 8:30pm
Saturday, January 4, 7:30pm & 9:30pm
$25 in advance, $30 day of show

GODSPELL (Main Stage)
Saturday, January 18, 8pm and Sunday, January 19, 3pm

Kurt Elling (Main Stage)
1619 Broadway
The Brill Building Project
Opening performance by the Henri Mancini Institute Jazz Combo
Friday, January 24, 8pm

The Wet Spots (Black Box Theater, Cabaret Series)
Saturday, February 1, 7:30pm & 9:30pm
$25 in advance, $30 day of show

Complexions Contemporary Ballet (Main Stage)
America's original multi-cultural dance company
Saturday, February 8, 8pm

Take 6 (Main Stage)
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary Year!
Sunday, February 9, 7pm

Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
Bernard Harvard Producing Artistic Director Presents
Driving Miss Daisy (Main Stage)
Pulitzer Prize winner by Alfred Uhry
Friday, February 21, 8pm and Saturday, February 22, at 2pm and 8pm

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo™ (Main Stage, Family Series)
Created and performed by Erth – Visual & Physical, Inc.
Sunday, February 23, 11am
All Tickets $10

Spirit of Uganda (Main Stage)
Co-Presented With CultureShockMiami
Saturday, March 1, 8pm
$10–$15 ($5 tickets for ages 13–22 at

Jon Batiste and Stay Human (Main Stage)
Saturday, March 8, 8pm

Brooklyn Rider (Black Box Theater, Cabaret Series)
Friday, March 14, 8:30pm; Saturday, March 15, 7:30pm and 9:30pm
$25 in advance, $30 day of show

Casebolt and Smith (Black Box Theater, Cabaret Series)
Friday, March 21, 8:30pm
Saturday, March 22, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

The Opera Atelier (Main Stage)
Great Opera Moments
Saturday, March 22, 8pm

Fancy Nancy (Main Stage, Family Series)
Performed by the Vital Theatre Company
Saturday, March 29, 11am
$10 All Tickets

Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band (Main Stage)
Olé Coltrane
With Special Guest James Carter
Saturday, April 5, 8pm

Rene Marie (Black Box Theater, Cabaret Series)
Saturday, April 12, 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Sunday, April 13, 3:30pm
$25 in advance, $30 day of show

Trey McIntyre Project (Main Stage)
Co-Presented With MDC Live Arts
Saturday, April 12, 8pm
$25–$45 ($10 Youth tickets and special rates for MDC faculty and students available)

Becca Stevens Band (Black Box Theater, Cabaret Series)
Friday, April 25, 8:30pm; Saturday, April 26, 7:30pm & 9:30pm
$25 in advance, $30 day of show

8th Annual All Kids Included Family Festival (All Venues, Family Series)
Co-Presented With Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
With Support From The Children’s Trust
Saturday, May 3, 10am-5pm

Broadway Unplugged
Performed by District Stage Company
Friday, May 30, 8:30pm
Saturday, May 31, 7:30pm & 9:30pm
$25 in advance, $30 day of show

Introducing Black Creek Nights at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center!
Live Music, The Finest Local Bands, $10 Cover

Headliners include:
Friday, November 15, 8pm – Lanza/TBD
Friday, January 17, 8pm – Roosevelt Trio/Albert Castiglia
Friday, February 28, 8pm – Elastic Bond/TBD
Friday, April 18, 8pm – Suénalo/TBD

Build Your Own Subscription tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 30. Single tickets go on sale on Tuesday, September 3. Buy tickets online at or call 786-573-5300.
Video  Selections



Gregory Porter

Choo Choo Soul

Stanley Clarke and the Harlem String Quartet

Siempre Flamenco

Fisk Jubilee

Tango Fire

Seraphic Fire

Johnny Rodgers Band


Kurt Elling

The Wet Spots


Take 6

Dinosaur Zoo

Spirit of Uganda

Jon Batiste and Say Human

Brooklyn Rider

Casebolt and Smith

The Opera Atelier

Fancy Nancy

Poncho Sanchez

Rene Marie

Trey McIntrye

Becca Stevens Band

The Center’s mission is to offer accessible arts experiences for residents and to provide a state-of-the-art facility for presentations by local artistic groups. The season offers the community a variety of shows that include a series of productions presented or co-presented by the Center. These types of shows fall under the SMDCAC Presents title.
An important component of SMDCAC Presents is education and community outreach. Many of the artistic groups performing at the Center engage the South Miami-Dade community directly by offering classes, workshops, school field trips and professional master classes.
The Center is also a rental facility providing reasonable rates to artistic groups based on a sliding scale. Organizations with a broad range of budgets are able to produce shows, use rehearsal space, run performing arts camps, and host events at the new facility.
The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, designed by an internationally-acclaimed design team that includes Arquitectonica International, Inc. (architects), Fisher Dachs Associates, Inc. (theater design), Artec Consultants, Inc. (acoustics), and AMS Planning & Research Corp. (theater management), provides, for the first time, a state-of-the-art cultural venue and community gathering place in the southern part of Miami-Dade County.  The Center features prominent works of art created by Miami artist Robert Chambers who was commissioned by Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places program to design a kinetic light wall and sculptures for the theater. The Center is an integral part of the economic and cultural development of the area, offering quality artistic programming and community accessibility
The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.  The Center is dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community.                                                 
About the Building
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center serves as a showcase for the performing and media arts, welcoming people from all backgrounds and economic means.  The facility includes 966 seat state-of-the- art theater, which features a fly tower, orchestra pit, front of house spaces (box office, lobby, concessions, etc.) and back of house support spaces (dressing rooms, storage and work areas, administrative offices, etc.).  The site also includes an activities building which houses lab / experimental theaters, and may be used for classrooms, rehearsals, and small-scale performances.  A beautiful outdoor plaza allows for festivals, art shows, and other outdoor activities.  The concert lawn “back yard” slopes to the Black Creek Canal, and can host outdoor concerts, performances and events.
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences.  The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection.  The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay,  as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning.  The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.

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