UNCW Presents

UNCW Presents - Seussical

UNCW Presents is delighted to launch a new series of programs for families called SEAHAWK Family Arts Matinees, or SEAHAWK FAM for short.  The series begins in Summer 2016 with $5 performances on Wednesday mornings, designed as a creative and entertaining respite from the summer heat.  These special one-hour performances will run June 29 – July 27, all in UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium.

In the fall and spring we will have weekend family matinees on Saturdays at 2pm, with workshops before or after the show.  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.

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

Seussical will be performing on February twenty-fifth, twenty-seventeen at two p.m. with tickets going for five dollars, ten dollars, and twenty dollars.Click this link to buy online tickets for this event.

"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss's best-loved stories collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee (and all-around mischief-maker) in this romp through the Seuss classics. When the sweet, good-natured elephant Horton hears a small cry for help coming from a small speck of dust, he promises to rescue and guard it because "a person's a person, no matter how small." On that small speck of dust lives JoJo, an imaginative young Who. JoJo has astounding "thinks," in which anything's possible, but his parents believe this creativity is inappropriate for the son of the Mayor of Who-Ville. Meanwhile, the one-feathered bird, Miss Gertrude McFuzz, desperately wants Horton to notice her. Maybe, she thinks, she just needs a more impressive tail. At the same time, the amazingly lazy Maysie La Bird connives, cajoles and convinces Horton to sit on her egg while she goes off on a spree. Will the planet of Who survive? Will Horton pay attention to Gertrude? Will Maysie ever return for her egg? Dr. Seuss's beloved classic characters find themselves intertwined in an incredible crazy-quilt adventure, in which the power of imagination and the most miraculous "think" ever save the day!



Mariko's Magical Mix will be performing on October twenty-second, twenty-sixteen at two p.m. with tickets going for five dollars, ten dollars, and twenty dollars.Click this link to buy online tickets for this event.

Created by Chicago’s Hubbard Street 2 in collaboration with the puppetry geniuses from Manual Cinema, Mariko’s Magical Mix features choreography and original concept by Princess Grace Award-winner Robyn Mineko Williams and combines Manual Cinema’s gift for storytelling with HS2’s graceful attention to movement. The work captures a wordless theatrical magic, following a girl named Mariko through home, school, and travels and using music as a thread to trace her journeys. Hubbard Street 2 and Manual Cinema bring a story of empowerment and discovery to life both in front of and on the screen. Kids will love Mariko’s sense of adventure while her Magical Mix offers layers of experience – movement, shadow puppetry, a mixtape-like soundtrack of original music, innovative lighting design – to appeal to the adults who love them.


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We bring you the classic tale of Peter and the Wolf directed by Wilmington puppeteer and WHQR classical musical host Gina Gambony. Share Prokofiev's beautiful music with your children in this charming adaptation featuring puppets and masks.


Madafo will be performing on July twentieth, twenty-sixteen at ten a.m. for five dollars.Click this image to go to the event's online ticket webpage.

Madafo is a Musician and a Storyteller who contributes to the community and loves to educate the youth around him. His performances and workshops are ageless, and informative, as they speak to all cultures and ethnic groups.


The UNCW Summer Jazz Workshop will be performing on July thirteenth, twenty-sixteen at ten a.m. for five dollars.Click this image to go to the event's online ticket webpage.

Celebrating 20 years of jazz, the UNCW Summer Jazz Workshop has established itself as the premier summer workshop for jazz study in North Carolina! At 10:30 a.m. we will feature an open rehearsal with UNCW faculty as well as Summer Jazz Workshop alumni returning for a special concert of big band and mainstream jazz music directed by Frank Bongiorno, Summer Jazz Workshop director, and chair of the UNCW Department of Music.

*The full concert will be July 13 at 7:30 p.m. and is also open to the public!

Alban Elved Dance Company will be performing on July sixth, twenty-sixteen at ten a.m. for five dollars.Click this image to go to the event's online ticket webpage.

German choreographer and scenic designer Karola Lüttringhaus presents a sampling of her work ranging from pure dance to theatre to technologies and animation. Her samples include The Suitcase Garden, Vita 3, and Hey!



John Brown Jazz Quartet will be performing on June twenty-ninth, twenty-sixteen at ten a.m. for five dollars.

Our series begins with a concert by the incredible John Brown Jazz Quartet! John Brown and his musicians are committed to jazz education – for all people, at all levels. John is a Professor and Director of the Jazz Program at Duke University and makes education a part of his daily life.