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Spectacular theatre performances and activities for kids and families. 

SPARK imaginations. Create memories. 

Part of Surrey Civic Theatres, Surrey SPARK Stages events, shows and workshops are the perfect way to introduce the young people in your life to the magical world of the performing arts.

Through Surrey SPARK Stages, kids discover a love for the performing arts and adults are surprised by how much fun they had sharing the experience with them.

Read on to see what's on!

 

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Make Messy Music with Mil's Trills: A Beginners Guide to Songwriting

In this parent participation workshop, learn creative and unexpected ways to make music with your kids with no music experience required! Join New York-based Grammy nominated composer, performer and educator Amelia "Mil" Robinson for this play-centered introduction to songwriting that explores ways that words, sounds and rhymes can be used to make up songs on the spot!

Kids walk away with a simple catchy song that just might debut at the Mil's Trills afternoon concert Let it Out With Mil's Trills! Limited spots available.

  • October 1 | 11am | 75 minutes | Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre
  • Ages 6-10
  • Tickets: $15

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Performer Mil's Trills on stage
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Let It Out! with Mil's Trills

Looking for a family outing filled with fun and the magic of music? Then Mil's Trills has got you covered! Amelia “Mil” Robinson and her band is coming all the way from New York to be at the Surrey Arts Centre for an energetic concert brimming with glee. Mil's Trills, who have over five million plays on Spotify, will be singing and sharing songs from their album Let it Out!  These stress-busting songs were crafted during the pandemic as cheery tunes to help kids process emotions in positive and affirming ways through the power of music. An engaging and joyful performer with a special talent for live shows, Surrey audiences are in for a high-energy musical treat!

Amelia “Mil” Robinson is a classically trained musician, composer, performer and teaching artist from Brooklyn, NY. She is the founder of Mil’s Trills, a children’s music project that invites families to celebrate community through interactive music experiences. Performance highlights include a residency at the Lincoln Centre, the Guggenheim, the MET, Tribeca Film Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, and the Imagine Children’s Festival. Mil’s Trills was featured on Michelle Obama’s children’s album “Songs for a Healthier America” as part of her Let’s Move! Initiative to promote healthy lifestyles in youth.

This is an American Sign Language interpreted performance. Call our Box Office at 604-501-5566 to reserve seats for audience members who will be using the services of the interpreters.

  • October 1 | 4pm | 60 minutes | Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre 
  • Ages 4-11
  • Tickets: $16-$26

BONUS: Mil’s Trills is also offering limited enrollment for families in their Make Messy Music workshop before the concert. The workshop is a play-centred, beginners guide to song writing that encourages creativity free of judgement and criticism. No musical experience required. Caregivers and kids will walk away with a simple, catchy song that just might make its debut at the afternoon concert!

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Infinitus 

This genre-bending string trio creates a symphony of sound like no other! Your kids won't even notice they are falling in love with classical music. Fusing beatboxing and body percussion with classical music they create their own unique sound that is fascinating to listen to and remarkable to watch.

With the group's easygoing stage presence and cleverly hidden moments of foundational music education sprinkled throughout, this is a fun and refreshing introduction to classical music where you can expect a lot more audience engagement than is typically seen at a classical concert. It's an upbeat show that will keep both kids and grown-ups captivated. 

  • December 3 | 7pm | 60 minutes | Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall 
  • Ages 5 and up
  • Tickets: $21

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A woman in the performance of Th'owxiya wearing a blue traditional Coast Salish and Sto:lo bear mask on her head
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Th'owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish - The Film

An Axis Theatre Production by Joseph A. Durand.

Join us for an afternoon of sharing and storytelling on Family Day! Arrive early before this special screening of Th'owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish with plenty of time to try some tasty Bannock and enjoy lively Indigenous performances and workshops before the film begins at 4pm. 

This local Kwantlen First Nation legend is the story of Th'owxiya, a hungry and powerful spirit and a sly mouse who is caught stealing a piece of cheese from a bountiful feast dish full of delicious food. You'll be immersed in the traditional Coast Salish and Sto:lo music, masks, and imagery in this beautiful and memorable tale that will become a family favourite to recount around lessons about being responsible for one's choices, forgiving mistakes and finding courage to stand up for what's right. 

  • February 18, 2023 | 4pm | 45 minutes | Performing Arts Studio, Clayton Community Centre
  • Ages 5-12
  • Free. Registration Required.
  • Arrive early for the Family Day pre-show fun starting at 3pm.

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Circus Incognitus

We're bringing you another adult-friendly show for kids that the whole family will love! With plenty of impressive tricks and humorous antics, Circus Incognitus is Jamie Adkins' unforgettable one-man circus show that will have you holding your breath between laughs! An eclectic clown, juggler, balancing artist, and multidisciplinary acrobat, Adkins has performed this show more than 1,000 times in 22 countries.

This international hit has a European street theatre feel, it is hilarious, poetic and elegantly simple. Adkins' exceptional circus skills and performance style are a throwback to the great clowns of silent film and the golden age of cartoons with plenty of impressive tricks to make the whole family laugh, gasp and cheer!

  • March 11, 2023 | 7pm | Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre
  • Ages 5+ | 60 minutes
  • Tickets: $16-$26

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Surrey SPARK Stages Family Weekend 

Save the date! We'll be back with another weekend of spectacular performances and amazing activities.

  • May 26-28, 2023 | Surrey Arts Centre
  • All ages
  • Show and ticket information coming soon