AVON PARK — The Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at South Florida State College (SFSC) in Avon Park presents the live animal show, “Wild World of Animals,” starring Grant Kemmerer on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m.
“Wild World of Animals” is an entertaining and educational show voted one of the top five edutainment shows in the world by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. All seats are $15.
Sponsored by Lisa and Bill Jarrett and Get Fish Slapped, a marketing company based in Sebring, “Wild World of Animals” will feature about 13 animal guests, ranging from the critically endangered red ruffed lemur to a laughing kookaburra. The diverse lineup mirrors one of the themes of the show: the importance of all animals.
Grant Kemmerer, a graduate of Florida International University, currently works with and cares for over 200 animals in his southwestern Pennsylvania home. He has trained animals for movies and television and is a guest lecturer for one of the leading ecotourism companies in the world.
Kemmerer, who holds numerous state and federal permits, has been a guest on “Fox and Friends,” “The Martha Stewart Show,” “CBS Early Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Kelly and Ryan,” “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” Animal Planet, and National Geographic.
“This is such a delightful show for kids,” said Cindy Garren, director of cultural programs. “We have preshow activities in the lobby for kids and the first 250 children through our doors will get a free pack of animal crackers and milk provided by M & B Products from Tampa.”
Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Lobby activities include kids’ games, a photo booth, an animal tattoo station, and a scavenger hunt. Kids can enter a coloring contest at https://bit.ly/3Lanimals. “Make a homemade animal mask and bring it to the show and kids can win tickets to Gatorama, Zoo Tampa, or Big Cat Habitat,” Garren said.
This performance is part of the Play Your Part initiative at SFSC Performing Arts where proceeds from the ticket sales of “Wild World of Animals” will support local non-profit organizations. Participating local agencies are: Mason Smoak Foundation, Nu-Hope Elder Care, Florida Future Educators, After School Spot, Children’s Museum of Highlands County, AdventHealth, Historical Society of Avon Park, Hope Haven, Sebring Historical Society, Ridge Area ARC, St. Catherine Catholic School, Sun ‘n Lake Elementary School, and Walker Memorial School.
The Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts is located on the Highlands Campus of SFSC at 600 West College Drive in Avon Park. Since 1984, the 1,460-seat theater has hosted international tours, Broadway tours, Grammy award winners, music concerts, and free performances. Funding is provided in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Arts & Culture.
Tickets can be purchased online at sfscARTS.org, by phone at 863-784-7178, or by visiting the SFSC Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Upcoming shows include: country/rock with Exile on Nov. 10; “A Christmas Carol” on Nov. 28; “Daybreak – The music of Barry Manilow” on Jan. 9; New Orleans Nighthawks on Jan. 14; Thompson Square on Jan. 20; “Croce Plays Croce” on Jan. 27. To view videos and see the complete schedule, visit sfscARTS.org.