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The Many Ways Kids Benefit from Live Theater

For Nicole Neal, taking her 6-year-old daughter to performances at The Smith Center serves as much more than just entertainment. Many of the shows provide fun learning opportunities, including reading the literary source material together beforehand, or discussing music and characters afterward. “That really helps build a connection,” the Las Vegas mother says.

Family Programming / Performances and Artists

Life Lessons From Nickelodeon’s ‘Double Dare’

Without a doubt, Americans gained true gems of wisdom from watching television’s messiest game show, “Double Dare” on Nickelodeon. Featuring tenacious children competing in brain-tickling trivia and deliciously disgusting stunts, the long-running series that taped over 500 episodes made an art of Slime soaking, pie plastering and booger busting.

Education and Outreach / Family Programming

Vegas Kids Find Self-Confidence, Joy on Stage with Camp Broadway

Jaelina Richardson admits she initially felt some self doubt this year at Camp Broadway, The Smith Center’s eighth-annual summer theater program. “I was really nervous preparing for a solo part, especially because other girls were also singing solos,” says the 12-year-old Las Vegas resident. But Richardson’s attitude changed during the weeklong Mainstage camp.

Family Programming

Family Shows 2019-2020

Catherine McNamara observes two immediate reactions from children when they experience the gigantic, moving puppets in live theater show.

Family Programming / Performances and Artists

Combining Puppets, Technology and Paleontology

Imagining the follow-up show to its wildly popular prehistoric production “Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live,” Erth — a theater company renowned for its large-scale, lifelike puppets — was very ambitious. “(The director wanted a show that) focuses on the very start of life on Earth,” says the new show’s costar and cowriter, Catherine McNamara. “Which of course means a journey through the oceans.”

Broadway Las Vegas / Performances and Artists / Family Programming

Beat Summer Boredom with Broadway Treat 'Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

This whimsical show offers tasty morsels for every generation to enjoy, including the beloved characters of Roald Dahl’s popular children’s book, and favorite tunes from the hit 1971 movie such as “The Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination.” It also offers fun, new music by the creative team behind smash musical “Hairspray.”

Education and Outreach / Family Programming

Performing Theater Magic for Southern Nevadans with Special Needs

Sarah Quinn won’t soon forget the reactions of her clients with disabilities during a recent visit from illusionist Kevin Spencer at Opportunity Village. That’s because Spencer, a world-renowned artist and educator The Smith Center brought to Las Vegas in March, provided more than just magic tricks.

Family Programming / Performances and Artists

Puppets, Masks and Play Bring ‘Phantom Tollbooth’ to Life

When Enchantment Theatre Company first approached acclaimed author Norton Juster about adapting his classic children’s book “The Phantom Tollbooth” for the stage, he was immediately on board. “He was intrigued, because what we do is not a traditional musical theater show,” explains Landis Smith, artistic director for the children’s theater company.

Family Programming / Performances and Artists

Inspiring Kids with the Childhood Adventures of Jane Goodall

Patrick McDonnell, New York Times bestselling author, captured inspiring moments from Goodall’s animal-fixated childhood in his whimsical and popular children’s book, “Me… Jane." These experiences would lead Goodall to follow her dreams and achieve groundbreaking work studying chimpanzees in their own environment.