When you say “The Broad,” most people think of the new Broad Museum that was unveiled last year to much acclaim. But there is another Broad in town that celebrates the arts. The Broad Stage, which opened in 2008 at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center (1310 11th St. Santa Monica; www.thebroadstage.com), has consistently presented an impressive schedule of performances that appeal to audiences young and old.
This month is particularly strong when it comes to family-friendly events. Arriving at the Broad for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. shows April 16, “Box Brothers” is an eccentric comical musical about the four Box Brothers – Oldest, Middlemost, Youngest and Simpleton – and their quest to find happiness. The work of the inventive Netherlands-based ensemble Percossa, “Box Brothers” uses wooden boxes and other found objects to create Japanese-style percussion, African rhythms and other funky music from around the globe. Tickets: $20-$30.
“The Carnival Of The Animals” stops at the Broad at 7:30 p.m. April 28-29, 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 30 and 11 a.m. May 1. Using Camille Saint-Saëns’ renowned musical suite as inspiration, the award-winning Australian theater troupe Circa has constructed a fanciful circus world where kangaroos somersault, elephants dance and zebras juggle. It’s a captivating show full of music, acrobatics and creativity. Tickets: $30-$55.
The Broad also has a number of ongoing programs, with some aimed at children. April, for example, includes a trio of $10 10 a.m. Sunday Family Workshops geared for ages 4-7. On April 10, the Honeys will show children how percussion can be created from many things, even our own bodies. The following Sunday, kids can clown around as performers from the Kinetic Theory Theater instruct them in circus arts. Dance is the subject of the April 24 workshop, where Kai Collins will teach youngsters some fun choreography.
To learn more about the Broad Stage’s shows and programs, visit www.thebroadstage.com.