When I was invited to a Thanksgiving play with my two young children, I was delighted and excited to take them to experience a little theater at such a young age. Some of my most treasured memories of theater are my grandparents and aunts and uncles taking me to Burt Reynold’s Jupiter Theater as a kid to see musicals. Festival of the Arts BOCA and PNC Arts Alive presented two free performances of “Tough Turkey in the Big City:  A Feathered Tale,” on Saturday, November 17 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real in Boca Raton.

The piece, which was commissioned by renowned contemporary composer, Bruce Adolphe, by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Chamber Music Northwest, was presented in collaboration with The SYMPHONIA, South Florida’s world class chamber orchestra, Saladino Dance Productions, Plumosa School of the Arts and the School District of Palm Beach County.

The story chronicles the journey of a farm turkey who stumbles into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and falls in love with a Park Avenue pigeon. It was cleverly told with the help of a variety of musical instruments from a violin to a trumpet, clarinet, bass trombone and drums. Mixing music with ballet, the show was a whimsical introduction to a little ballet and theater for kids.

Following each performance, kids were than invited to the lobby to snack on complimentary cookies and play in an instrument petting zoo giving them the  opportunity to see, touch and try to play musical instruments.

My son Jack, who loves music, had a blast checking out the violin for the first time.

“We are very grateful to PNC Bank and the PNC Foundation for gifting us with this grant,”  Joanna Marie Kaye, director of Festival of the Arts BOCA, said in a press release regarding the event.  “We are thrilled to offer this free and culturally rich opportunity to our youth and the community.”

Free tickets were available for the show at  www.festivalboca.org/events/.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for The 13th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA, presented by the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts, returns to the Mizner Park Amphitheater and Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center in Boca Raton, February 28 – March 10, 2019, with a celebration of music, film, dance, concerts and authors. Tickets for the 13th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA range from $25 to $150 per person and are available atwww.festivalboca.org or by calling 561-571-5270. For more information visit www.festivalboca.org.

Author: Joanie Cox-Henry

I am a professional writer and journalist with more than 14 years of industry experience. I am a mama, a fashion-lover, a beauty product fanatic and a caffeine queen. I want to put a dent in the universe, but I'll start with that crumb cake.

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