Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is continuing its tradition of hot fun in the summertime with a trio of just-announced productions -- not to mention the return of City Theatre's Summer Shorts (the festival turns 15 this summer) and the 25th anniversary edition of the International Hispanic Theatre Festival.
Summer Shorts kicks off the June-through-August lineup in the Carnival Studio Theater June 3-17 with its Signature Shorts program, adding the late-night adults-only undershorts June 4-26. In the company this year are Shorts veterans Stephen Trovillion, Elena Maria Garcia, Laura Turnbull, Erin Joy Schmidt, Chaz Mena and David Hemphill, along with Scott Genn and Breeza Zeller.
The world premiere musical Camp Kappawanna, with a score by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb and a script by Miami playwright Marco Ramirez (who's now on the writing staff of FX's Sons of Anarchy), debuts in the Carnival Studio Theater June 17-27. The show, a coproduction of City Theatre and the Arsht Center, is about a 12-year-old girl leaving home for the first time to go to summer camp.
Next up in the Arsht's summer lineup is Tap Dogs, the Australian show in which dancing construction worker hunks build their set as they dance up a storm. The show, which plays the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall June 30-July 10, has been in South Florida before (at the Parker Playhouse in 1997, at the Jackie Gleason Theater in '99), but it's the kind of visual theater the Arsht likes to program for its multilingual audiences.
The International Hispanic Theatre Festival takes over the Carnival Studio Theater July 7-Aug. 1, with the focus this year a tribute to the theater of Mexico.
The Aluminum Show, a multidisciplinary extravaganza that originated in Israel and has a European sensibility, takes over the Ziff Ballet Opera House stage July 14-Aug. 8, after a four-week developmental residency at the Arsht. The intent, says Executive Vice-President Scott Shiller, is to work with the creators to re-scale the show so that it can tour after that and have greater appeal to American audiences. The piece involves special effects, jazz, dance, puppetry, acrobatics, performers and, yes, aluminum.
The Arsht is also offering a one-day deal on summer season tickets. On May 8, you can get two-for-one tickets to select performances of all the summer season shows -- the deal applies to phone, on-line or in-person sales, but there are no ticket fees if you buy at the box office.
Regular tickets go on sales to Arsht Center members April 26, to the public May 2. Individual tickets range from $25 for Camp Kappawanna to $55 for The Aluminum Show. For more info, call the box office at 305-949-6722 or visit the Arsht Center site.