FORT LAUDERDALE – The Broward Center for the Performing Arts continues its 20th anniversary season this winter by bringing theater to life for local residents through interactive education workshops. To date, more than 190,612 students have participated in educational events at the Broward Center. The workshops this winter will take participants behind the scenes of touring Broadway productions and travel back in time to Elizabethan England.
There will be a free workshop with the touring cast of the Broadway sensation Les Misérables on Tuesday, January 25 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Abdo New River Room. Participants will meet cast and crew members to discuss the current touring production. Broadway Across America-Ft. Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present Les Misérables from Tuesday, January 18 through Sunday, January 30 in the Au-Rene Theater. Showtimes vary. Ticket prices for Les Misérables range from $25 to $69.
The language of Shakespeare and Elizabethan England comes to life during Improvised Shakespeare SHAKE IT UP!, a free workshop on Wednesday, February 2 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Abdo New River Room. Participants will learn the basic rules of Elizabethan dialogue and create their own contemporary scenes such as “Hey Stan, do you want to go see a movie” becomes “Ho there! Stan! Dost thou wish to observe the newest play?” A performance of Improvised Shakespeare follows the workshop at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Improvised Shakespeare are $25 with $5 seats available for students with a student I.D. for the performance.
Jerome Robbins’ iconic choreography from the hit Broadway show West Side Story will be taught at the free workshop on Tuesday, February 22 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Abdo New River Room. Broadway Across America and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center present the return of the greatest love story – West Side Story – from Tuesday, February 15 through Sunday, February 27 in the Au-Rene Theater. Showtimes vary. Tickets for West Side Story range in price from $25 to $69.
All workshops are free and open to the public; however, reservations are encouraged. Please call the Broward Center Education Department at 954/468-2689 to reserve a spot.
About The Broward Center for the Performing Arts
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, now in its 20th anniversary year, is one of America’s premier performing arts venues. Presenting more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons, the Center showcases a wide range of exciting cultural programming and events, and offers one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the United States, serving more than 150,000 students annually. In 2007, the Broward Center was named the Cultural Embassy of Broward County in recognition of its success in linking cultural activity with the region’s economic development. The Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. receives and maintains funds to sustain, develop, and secure the future of the Broward Center. The Broward Performing Arts Center is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit http://www.BrowardCenter.org.
The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium is a cultural partnership between the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and the Historic Stranahan House Museum. It is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.