UNCW’S Office of the Arts Announces New “SEAHAWK FAM” Family Arts Matinee Series

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

UNCW’s Office of the Arts presents a series of family-friendly performances titled “SEAHAWK FAM.” The season features five summer weekday morning performances and two Saturday afternoon performances during the school year held at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. The summer performances will be on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. from June 29 through July 27, and tickets for all summer matinee seats are $5.

SEAHAWK FAM begins June 29 with a concert by the John Brown Jazz Quartet. Brown is a professor and the director of the jazz program at Duke University.

German choreographer and scenic designer Karola Lüttringhaus of Alban Elved Dance Company presents a sampling of her work in dance, theatre, animation and more. This July 6 matinee will be a preview for the SARUS festival.

For 20 years, the UNCW Summer Jazz Workshop has established itself as the premier summer workshop for jazz study in North Carolina. On July 13 at 10:30 a.m., we will feature an open-to-the-public rehearsal with UNCW faculty as well as workshop alumni for a special concert directed by Frank Bongiorno, Summer Jazz Workshop director and chair of the UNCW music department.

Performing on July 20, Madafo is a musician and a storyteller who contributes to the community and loves to educate the youth around him. His performances and workshops speak to all cultures and ethnic groups.

On July 27 we bring you an adaptation of Peter and the Wolf featuring puppets and masks, directed by Wilmington puppeteer and WHQR classical musical host Gina Gambony.

The series continues during the school year with two matinees on Saturdays at 2 p.m.: Mariko’s Magical Mix on October 22 and SEUSSICAL on February 25. These performances will have reserved seating with ticket prices from $5-$20.

Created by Chicago’s Hubbard Street 2 in collaboration with the puppeteers from Manual Cinema, Mariko’s Magical Mix features choreography by Robyn Mineko Williams. Kids will love Mariko’s sense of adventure while her Magical Mix offers layers of experience from shadow puppetry to a mixtape-like soundtrack.

The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee of Theatreworks USA’s SEUSSICAL. Dr. Seuss's classic characters become intertwined in a crazy-quilt adventure.

Tickets are on sale now through the Kenan Box Office at 910.962.3500 and online via UNCW’s ticketing system Vendini. More information can be found at

UNCW Presents serves the UNCW campus and the Wilmington community by shining a spotlight on the intellectual life of the campus through diverse and distinctive cultural programming. Curated by UNCW’s Office of the Arts, the series also includes free outreach opportunities available to the public, including master classes, lectures, demonstrations and more within the Wilmington community and our partner community groups. UNCW Presents participates in the cultural life of the region as a member of the NC Presenters Consortium and Arts North Carolina.