Monday, August 8, 2016.
Marisa Kagan doesn’t just enjoy watching theater productions. She has starred in them, taught performance workshops and even represented up-and-coming actors as a Hollywood agent.
So when the Las Vegas resident learned she had won two free tickets to all nine shows in The Smith Center’s 2016-2017 Broadway Series, she felt confident they would not go unused.
“This is such a gift,” she said after arriving at The Smith Center on August 2, when she used her first pair of tickets for “The Sound of Music,” the season’s kickoff musical. “This allows me to do something for myself that I’m really passionate about and love and enjoy.
Accompanied by her daughter Olivia, a kindergartener who can belt all the words to “Do Re Mi,” Marisa noted that “The Sound of Music” was the perfect start of the season for them.
“’The Sound of Music’ has always been one of my favorite musicals. I used to watch the movie every year,” she remembered.
The Smith Center offers a chance to win free tickets for its Broadway Series every season. Fate chose Marisa when she entered a drawing during a recent performance of “Beauty and the Beast” at The Smith Center.
It would be hard to find a better fit as this season’s winner.
Raised in New York City and with her father an opera singer, Marisa was immersed in the performing arts at a young age. As a child actress, she toured at just 10 years old in the lead role for “Annie.” She also landed a role in the musical “I Remember Mama,” where she had the opportunity to meet the show’s composer Richard Rodgers, of the revered Rodgers & Hammerstein team behind the music for beloved shows including the “The Sound of Music.”
As an adult Marisa transitioned to Los Angeles, where she appeared in various film and TV roles before becoming a talent and literary agent.
“(Theater and performing) are very near and dear to my heart,” she said.
Since moving six years ago to Las Vegas, where Marisa works as a Realtor for Realty America, she looks to The Smith Center to serve as her ongoing connection to the performing arts. Her tickets to the Broadway Series will only enhance that, she said.
She especially looks forward to upcoming shows that her daughter will also enjoy, such as “Matilda.”
“This is something I’ve been hoping to do for a long time,” Marisa said of making routine visits to the theater. “(These tickets) will not go unnoticed.”
Broadway Series subscriptions are still available for all of this season’s shows. To learn more or to purchase subscriptions, visit: http://www.thesmithcenter.com/shows-tickets/20162017-broadway-las-vegas-series/
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