Adrienne Arsht Center Co-Presents City Theatre and Orlando Repertory Theatre The Brand New Kid Based on the Book by Katie Couric
June 9 â€“ 17
Carnival Studio Theater
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard
Saturday, June 9 11 am
Sunday, June 10 11 am
Tuesday, June 12 10 am and 12:30 pm
Wednesday, June 13 10 am and 12:30 pm
Thursday, June 14 10 am and 12:30 pm
Friday, June 15 10 am and 12:30 pm
Saturday, June 16 11 am
Sunday, June 17 11 am
Childrenâ€™s Musical Addresses Teasing and Acceptance
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is proud to co-present the City Theatreâ€™s and Orlando Repertory Theatreâ€™s production of THE BRAND NEW KID, based on the popular childrenâ€™s book by Katie Couric. Opening Saturday, June 9 through Sunday, June 17 in the Carnival Studio Theater at the Arsht Center.
This delightful, family-friendly musical offers children a fun, lighthearted lesson in being different and overcoming teasing through the power of acceptance and friendship.
Adapted by Michael Friedman and Melanie Marnich, The Brand New Kid recounts the story of Lazlo S. Gasky, who has just moved to the United States and is set to start his first day in the second grade at a new school, in his new country. He soon becomes the target of teasing by the other kids; for the â€œfunnyâ€ way he talks and the way he looks. However, when popular classmate Ellie McSnelly decides to take a chance on him and be his friend, the other classmates learn that it is our differences that make us great.
â€œAs loving and wonderful as they are, children can sometimes be cruel,â€ Katie Couric says. â€œKindness can be taught, and perhaps we can all do a better job helping our children learn about tolerance and inclusion.â€ This idea is central to The Brand New Kid and extends to include children who are misunderstood and feel left out for any number of reasons.
Directed by Jeff Revels, The Brand New Kid is generously sponsored by the Key Biscayne Community Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Key Biscayne and the surrounding area. â€œCity Theatre was founded on the sands of Key Biscayne and includes many residents on its board,â€ said Susan Westfall, City Theatre co-founder and Key Biscayne resident. â€œFor more than 17 years, the Foundation has proudly presented school tours, new play readings and performances to Key Biscayne audiences. Thanks to their support, City Theatre is now able to share a message of tolerance to audiences throughout South Florida.â€
Following the June 9 â€“ 17 run at the Arsht Center, additional performances of The Brand New Kid will take place at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale Childrenâ€™s Theatre and the Orlando Repertory Theatre.
Tickets for The Brand New Kid at the Carnival Studio Theater at the Arsht Center are $20, with group rates available. The production opens on Saturday, June 9 and runs through Sunday, June 17. For tickets, please contact the Arsht Center box office at (305) 949-6722 or online at www.arshtcenter.org.
June 19 â€“ 22 Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach
June 29 â€“ 30 Fort Lauderdale Childrenâ€™s Theatre
July 19 â€“ 29 Orlando Repertory Theatre
1001 E. Princeton Street, Orlando