Arts at UNCW

UNCW Presents Summer Matinees

UNCW Presents is delighted to share a series of programs for families called SEAHAWK Family Arts Matinees, or SEAHAWK FAM for short.  

Bring the whole family – and your friends – to enjoy performances created especially for families of all kinds. Parking is free! Call the Kenan Auditorium box office for tickets or details at 910-962-3500.

Our school year matinees kick off with a collaboration with UNCW’s Centro Hispano which features Sonia De Los Santos, an award-winning bilingual artist who specializes in family music about Mexican heritage. She’ll be followed by The Light of the Water, Alban Elved Dance Company’s latest creation, as well as Theaterworks USA’s Junie B Jones and a special family performance by the Grammy-winning quartet Third Coast Percussion.

This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

Thank you to our sponsor!

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Sonia De Los Santos

Sonia De Los Santos

In 2015 Sonia released her first solo family music album titled Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island (Parents' Choice Foundation Gold Award Winner) a collection of songs that reflect her experiences growing up in Mexico, moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and feeling closer to her own heritage. This unique collection of old and new songs is a personal, and yet universal, musical history from this soulful and important new voice in family music, and the messages of joyful community music making and cultural bridge building inspire and excite children and grownups of all backgrounds.
In collaboration with Centro Hispano


Alban Elved

Alban Elved

The 'Light of the Water' by choreographer Karola Luettringhaus and musician Perry Smith is an  interdisciplinary performance in dance, film, sculpture, costuming and creative music.  Intriguing imagery, and original physicality  merge with multi cultural sounds played live on a variety of electronic, acoustic and home made water instruments. The piece examines the many aspects of water, its characteristics and  meaning for our lives. 

The performance format  gives audiences of all ages food for thought and opportunities for participation. Let's go on a journey together and follow water around the globe, from droplet to ocean to deep sea creatures, from splashing, and bathing, to drinking and considerations for environmental stewardship.


Junie B. Jones

Junie B. Jones

Dear first-grade journal,

Hooray, hooray! TheatreworksUSA is making a musical (that is a play all jumbled together with singing and dancing, I believe). And what do you know! It's all about me, Junie B. Jones! (The B stands for Beatrice, only I do not like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all.)

This is the bestest musical ever, I tell you! It's got loads of funny songs, and it's based on a bunch of books this lady, Barbara Park, wrote about me and the things I do in first grade.

An hour-long musical featuring the beloved literary character, Junie B. Jones, in three hilarious stories - "First Grader (at Last!)," "Boss of Lunch," and "One-Man Band."


Third Coast Percussion

Third Coast Percussion

Third Coast Percussion is a Grammy-winning, artist-run quartet of classically-trained percussionists hailing from the great city of Chicago. For over ten years, the ensemble has forged a unique path in the musical landscape with virtuosic, energetic performances that celebrate the extraordinary depth and breadth of musical possibilities in the world of percussion. The ensemble has been praised for “commandingly elegant” (New York Times) performances, the “rare power” (Washington Post) of their recordings, and “an inspirational sense of fun and curiosity” (Minnesota Star-Tribune). The four members of Third Coast are also accomplished teachers, and since 2012, have served as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Third Coast Percussion will perform a special, hour-long, family-friendly program for this Seahawk FAM event.