Performing Arts

Mikaela Secada is following in dad Jon’s showbiz footsteps

Mikaela Secada plays the fizzy flapper Millie Dillmount in Area Stage Company’s ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie.’
Mikaela Secada plays the fizzy flapper Millie Dillmount in Area Stage Company’s ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie.’

Mikaela Secada has a familiar-sounding last name, and that’s no coincidence. The daughter of singing star Jon Secada has a deep interest in showbiz and hopes to wind up on Broadway one day. But first, she’s landed the starring role in the new Area Stage Company production of the Tony Award-winning smash Thoroughly Modern Millie.

A student at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart and at Area Stage’s Theatre Conservatory, Secada plays the “thoroughly modern” smalltown girl who hits the Big Apple in 1922 looking to land a guy with money. The role requires serious acting, singing and dancing skills, and Secada will demonstrate hers under the guidance of director John Rodaz and musical director Ana Flavia Zuim.

The musical, which features 24 actors and a live orchestra, runs from Friday through May 10 at Area Stage, 1560 S. Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 and $25 (students $10). For information, call 305-666-2078 or visit


The ArtCenter/South Florida will morph into a one-night-only club on Saturday to honor the final installation at the 800-810 Lincoln Road building in Miami Beach. The center, which helped revitalize Lincoln Road, was sold for $88 million to South Beach TriStar 800 last fall.

Madrid-based artists Esther Mañas and Arash Moori have created Interstate, an experiential piece about Miami’s highways and the ways they have transformed neighborhoods symbolically and structurally. There will also be special projects displayed in studio spaces vacated in preparation for the building’s closing. Interstate is on display through May 10, and the artists will speak at the center’s Richard Shack Gallery at 7 p.m. Friday.

Dubbed “The Lincoln Road Social Club,” the farewell party happens from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. DJ Jody McDonald will be there, and performances by Adora, the Bistoury Dance Theatre and David Rohn — plus a few surprises — are planned. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Anyone can attend, but an RSVP at is required.

Christine Dolen wrote this report. Send information to