Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, hosts its 18th annual National Children’s Theatre Festival Kids Fest from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The day’s highlight is the rock musical adventure Excellent Conquest, which focuses on classmates trying to make a positive difference in the world. The original musical, written in celebration of Actors’ 25th anniversary season, is by Earl Maulding, the company’s director of musical theater for young audiences, and Scott Morlock. Performances are 2 p.m. Saturdays through May 25, with tickets $19.50 after next weekend.
Also at Kids Fest, children can create puppets, costumes, do graffiti and more at activity stations. The vocal group Musical Miracles will perform songs and dances from Shrek, Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors and other Broadway shows, and at 4 p.m., Into the Woods Jr. will be performed.
Kids Fest tickets are $15; 305-444-9293, actorsplayhouse.org.
Seraphic Fire will offer acclaimed masterworks by Bach, Haydn and Mozart in its 2013-14 season, which also will see two venue changes for the Miami choir.
Due to scheduled construction at St. Jude Melkite Church, Seraphic Fire will move its downtown Miami performances to St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Coral Way. In Miami Beach, it will shift to All Souls Episcopal Church, 4025 Pine Tree Dr., from Lincoln Road’s Miami Beach Community Church to gain greater capacity, better acoustics and free patron parking.
The season will open Oct. 16-20 with a program of Renaissance music, including works of Palestrina and Lassus. Mozart’s Requiem will be presented Nov. 15-17 in a new “completed” version by American composer Gregory Spears.
Chicago’s Spektral String Quartet will join with Seraphic Fire in a presentation of Haydn’s Seven Last Words April 9-13 in an Easter program the two ensembles will take to the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on April 16.
The Firebird Chamber Orchestra will join Seraphic Fire for Bach’s stirring Magnificat Feb. 14-17. The choir’s countertenor, Reginald Mobley, will be spotlighted in a Firebird program March 12-16 performing arias written for the celebrated castrato Farinelli.
Other choral programs include music of the French Baroque Jan. 15-19, Handel’s Messiah Dec. 20-22, the “Candlelight Christmas” program Dec. 11-15 and a season finale of American spirituals May 7-11, 2014.
Subscriptions start at $102; 305-285-9060, seraphicfire.org.
Lawrence A. Johnson
South Florida Classical Review
The City of Fort Lauderdale and Cadence, a downtown landscape architecture and design firm, launches “Play Your City,” a public art and music installation with repurposed pianos, during the FATVillage Art Walk, 7-11 p.m. Saturday, and at the Riverwalk Pavillion, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 28.
Pianos by Brian Buzzella, Luzalma Gonzalez, Richard Vergez and student artists will be on display before being distributed throughout downtown Fort Lauderdale. Members of the public will be invited to vote on their final locations; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Playwright Michael McKeever, winner of this year’s Carbonell Award for Moscow, has another new work underway. Finding Mona Lisa, six short plays about people whose lives intersect with the famous painting, gets a staged reading at 7:30 p.m. Monday as part of Jan McArt’s New Play Reading Series at Lynn University’s Wold Performing Arts Center, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Michael Leeds directs Alex Alvarez, Lindsey Forgey, Maribeth Graham, Peter Haig, Matthew Korinko and Scott Douglas Wilson. Tickets are $10; 561-237-9000, lynn.edu/tickets.
• Practicum by junior Mona Pirnot, winner of the first University of Miami Department of Theatre Arts Playwriting Competition, gets a workshop presentation at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, 1312 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. The performance is part of a benefit for the Ring’s Friends of the Theatre. Tickets are $50 including a buffet meal, open bar and auction; 305-895-2669, miami.edu/ring.
• In observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Broward College’s Mariah Reed and several students have written Glory, a play in which departed artists and celebrities from Vincent Van Gogh to Jimi Hendrix are forced to face the reasons for their self-destruction. Performance s are at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and April 28 at the Fine Arts Theatre, Bldg. 6, 3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie. Tickets are $10 ($5 BC students and staff); 954-201-6884.
Opera in HD
The Metropolitan Opera’s premiere of Handel’s Giuilio Cesare, a staging by David McVicar that incorporates Bollywood elements, will be receive a live, HD transmission at noon Saturday at movie theaters around the country including the South Beach Stadium 18, AMC Sunset Place 24, Dolphin 19 Cinemas, Dolphin Cinebistro, Miami Lake 17 Cinemas, AMC Aventura Mall 24, Movies @ The Falls 12, Cinemark Paradise 24, Sawgrass Stadium 23, Cypress Creek Station 16, and Magnolia Place 16 in South Florida. Tickets for the 4 1/2-hour performance are $24, $22 seniors.
Hordes of zombies will chase runners through a series of obstacles at Hialeah’s Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65th St., on Saturday at the Run for Your Lives 5K race. Participants can sign up as runners, zombies — or both. Spectators are welcome too. An “Apocalypse Party” follows the race, which drew 100,000 participants in 12 U.S. cities last year. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday at runforyourlives.com.
• Locust Projects celebrates its 15th anniversary with its annual Spring Fling silent art auction 7-10 p.m. Saturday at 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami, Beach. Tickets are $150, $125 for members; locustprojects.org, 305-576-8570.
• Cuban-born pianist Juana Zayas will present Gershwin’s Cuban Overture and other works at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Martha Catholic Church, 9221 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores. Tickets are $10-$20; 305-761-0005.
Compiled by Miami Herald staff. Send news about theater to cdolen@MiamiHerald.com; dance, pop and Latin music to jlevin@MiamiHerald.com; visual arts to jwooldridge@MiamiHerald.com and classical music and jazz to kmartin@MiamiHerald.com. Add events to our calendar at MiamiHerald.com/events.