Holiday Gift Ideas for Every Taste

Performances and Artists

Image of cast members from Jimmy Buffett's "Escape to Margaritaville" on stage


Holiday shopping can prove challenging — especially finding gifts to fit loved ones’ unique needs and interests. Check out gift ideas below from The Smith Center’s upcoming season that will appeal to a wide variety of tastes, spanning theater, music, speaker series, comedy, family shows and more.

For the Laid-Back — or Overstressed — Relative: “Escape to Margaritaville,” January 7 to 12, 2020

Whether your loved ones kick back every day to Jimmy Buffett tunes, or they simply crave a mental vacation for a couple of hours, they will delight in the carefree Broadway musical “Escape to Margaritaville.”

Chronicling an uplifting, romantic comedy set in a tropical paradise, this show features entirely Buffett songs — including classics like “Come Monday” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” plus all-new originals.

For the World Traveler / Student: National Geographic Live! Speaker Series – “Stranger In a Strange Land,” August 25, 2021

*This performance was rescheduled from its original 2020 date to August of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those seeking to experience the world’s mysteries will relish hearing rare, firsthand stories of global cultures from internationally renowned photographer Jodi Cobb.

As the first female staff field photographer for National Geographic, Cobb became the first photographer to infiltrate secret cultures worldwide, including Japanese Geishas and cloistered women in Saudi Arabia. Cobb will share stunning anecdotes and images from her groundbreaking coverage.

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For Families: The Piano Guys, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on January 25, 2020

Live performances offer a meaningful chance for families to enjoy quality time — especially shows that everyone in the family can find entertaining.

That’s why many families will enjoy the return of the Piano Guys, an innovative instrumental group that delivers thrilling mash-ups of pop tunes and film music — spanning “Frozen,” the Beatles, One Direction and more — that appeal to a broad age range.

For Families with Little Ones: “What Do You Do With an Idea?” 6 p.m. on April 22, 2020

*This performance was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While this whimsical production will visit The Smith Center as part of its student matinee program, the center wants to give families a chance to enjoy its magic in a public performance.

Performed by internationally acclaimed Inlet Dance Theatre, this show combines infectious original music and dazzling choreography to portray a magical world where ideas grow and take flight.

Recommended for ages 5 and older. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age. No babes in arms. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For Those Who Love to Laugh / Dance Fans: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, April 9, 2022

*This performance was rescheduled from its original 2020 date to April of 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s a rare group that can combine comedy with elite dancing. But one-of-a-kind dance company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has thoroughly cornered this market.

Featuring an all-male cast, this acclaimed group stages parody performances of contemporary and classic ballets. With its dancers hailing from impressive performance careers, men perform all of the roles — including the women’s parts en pointe — with impeccable technique. They mix this with comic, exaggerated depictions of performance foibles and accidents.

While this show will delight ballet fans, it will also thrill anyone who just enjoys a lighthearted romp, even if they’ve never experienced dance before.

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For the Megastar Fan: Michael Bolton, March 4, 2020

Attending the concert of a music star like two-time Grammy winner Michael Bolton serves as a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many people. His upcoming performance promises to be memorable, with Bolton delivering sweeping renditions of his greatest hits, specially arranged for a symphony orchestra.
Bolton will also take audiences on a musical journey across pop, rock, soul, standards and even classical, serving up melodic gems that everyone can enjoy.