Extended Stay, a piece by The Project [Theatre], will kick off the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts’ Miami Made Festival 2013 Feb. 26-27 at the Riviera Hotel South Beach, 2000 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach. The 9 p.m. performances are free, and no reservations are required.
Also on this year’s festival bill are staged readings of three in-development plays and a dance piece at the Arsht’s Carnival Studio Theater: Stuart Meltzer will direct Christopher Demos-Brown’s Fear Up Harsh, featuring Todd Allen Durkin, Stephen G. Anthony and Arielle Hoffman, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28; Meltzer’s Dinner Parties (Ironic and Themed), directed by Margaret M. Ledford, is at 7:30 p.m. March 1, and Two-Merz by Mark Della Ventura, Gabriel Hammad and David Michael Sirois is 4 p.m. March 3. Letty Bassart’s dance piece Good, God, Go will be performed at 3 and 7:30 p.m. March 2.
The events at the Carnival, located in the Ziff Ballet Opera House, require a free ticket, available at the Arsht box office, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, starting at 10 a.m. the day of each performance; arshtcenter.org.
New school chief
Miami City Ballet School has a new director — Darleen Callaghan, former director of the North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance. Callaghan, who starts on March 1, will take over running MCB’s school from the troupe’s artistic director, Lourdes Lopez, who had been juggling both positions since taking the helm of the ballet in September.
In 13 years at the North Carolina school, Callaghan increased enrollment from 150 to 700 students and helped develop apprentice and conservatory training programs. NCDT artistic directors Patricia McBride and Jean Pierre Bonnefoux, renowned former principal dancers at New York City Ballet under George Balanchine, praised her work.
“Darleen has done amazing work for our school and was foremost in helping build its reputation in the dance world,” Bonnefoux said.
Launched in 1993 by Linda Villella, wife of MCB’s founding artistic director, Edward Villella, the school trains students from age 3 in the troupe’s Miami Beach studios. It has become an important source of MCB talent including Jeanette Delgado, Patricia Delgado, Renan Cerdeiro and Kleber Rebello.
Broadway in Broward
The Book of Mormon will be the centerpiece of the 2013-2014 Broadway Across America season at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The Tony Award-winning musical will be a different sort of holiday show, running Nov. 26-Dec. 22.
Also in the just-announced, all-musical lineup are Chicago (Oct. 9-20), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz (Jan. 7-19), the Tony-winning Memphis (Feb. 25-March 9), Green Day’s rock-powered American Idiot (March 25-April 6) and Ghost the Musical (April 29-May 11).
Season subscriptions are $177-$570; 800-764-0700, broadwayacrossamerica.com.
Hahn at Arsht
Acclaimed violinist Hilary Hahn makes her Arsht Center debut Thursday in a Valentine’s Day program of works by Fauré, Bach and Corelli along with selections from the Encores series of short-form compositions she has commissioned. Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance at the Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, are $50-$130 at 305-949-6722 or arshtcenter.org.