Some of the more gut-wrenching, heartfelt performances you’ve witnessed have been by a 5-year-old. Yours.
So if a skinned knee usually ends with shouts of “Bravo!” think about focusing those melodramatic tendencies in the direction of Innovative Kids’s Now I’m Reading Plays.
Perfect for new readers ages 5 and up, box sets of The Three Little Pigs or Cinderella include character masks, a storybook, and five personalized scripts. Individual lines are highlighted and bolded to make it easier for mini method actors to follow along.
We read the book first to familiarize our cast with the setting, characters, and plot. Next, we let them get to work creating costumes and practicing their lines. Our performances took place sitting in a circle on the playroom rug. But that didn’t stop them from taking a bow.
Available online at spoonsisters.com.
Junie B. Jones
What: The plucky heroine of Barbara Park’s books comes to life in this fast-paced musical.
Why: Kiddos will surely relate as she navigates the tricky waters of first grade.
When: Sat., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Where: Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura (954-462-0222). Tickets online at boxoffice.browardcenter.org. Adults and children, $14; lap seats, $3.
The Barnacle Under Moonlight
What: Deblois Milledge puts on a concert under the stars.
Why: Make it extra fun by packing a picnic.
When: Fri., 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove (305-442-6866). Adults and children, $7; children 6-9, $3; under 6, free.
Miami Art Museum’s Second Saturdays
What: Make art projects, then meander through the museum for free.
Why: Who doesn’t love a bargain?
When: Sat., 1-4 p.m.
Where: 101 W. Flagler St. (305-375-3000).
Photo: Courtesy of The Spoon Sisters
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