Thursday, May 23, 2024

Studio at Mizner Park Enters New Era at This Weekend’s Grand Opening

The former Mizner Park Cultural Center has had a presence in the south end of Mizner Park for decades, hosting touring entertainers, local theatre companies and Festival of the Arts Boca speakers, to name a few. But with a new name, new street-side signage, a redesigned interior and a fresh approach to programming, the venue will enter a new era this weekend.

Friday marks the grand opening of what is now the Studio at Mizner Park, a moniker that reflects the various forms of art and creativity that will now occupy the space, from dance and art classes to children’s activities and live music, theatre and comedy. As part of its opening weekend festivities, attendees can tour the new space from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Music from the School of Rock, holiday beverages and light bites are also included, for just $6 per person.

“It was time to really reimagine what was happening here, to take a close look at the programming, a close look at the audience,” says Peg Anderson, president of the Cultural Arts Association Board, the organization responsible for managing the space. “The demographics have changed dramatically in Boca Raton. We wanted to be more in tune with the local audience. When the opportunity came along, we said, ‘let’s go for it; let’s try to be in a leadership position.’ Mizner Park is in a state of renaissance as well, with the new performing arts center [planned for the north end of the park]. It was time to be more contemporary.”

These efforts can be felt as soon as you enter the building, at 201 Plaza Real, which has been refurbished and repainted, with new artwork installed. But more important are the new partnerships piloting the Studio into its second life, from its new in-house caterer, Potions in Motion, to its new executive director, Stephanie Siegel, a relative newcomer to Boca who produced the standup series “Comedy on the Green” in Mizner Park during the pandemic’s wane. “She has reimagined the whole operation,” Anderson says.

Stephanie Siegel

The opening-weekend festivities speak to the venue’s expanding demographics. Saturday night features a panel discussion with celebrity housewives Ramona Singer, Margaret Josephs and Marysol Patton, preceded by a VIP cocktail reception and meet-and-greet at 7 p.m. (tickets run $69-$99). At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sean Green, from Sean Green’s Dance Factory in West Palm Beach, will host a TikTok Workshop for kids ages 5 and up ($50), and at 1 p.m. he’ll host a two-hour “Girls Night Out” with hip-hop and Champagne ($75).

The following weekend, on Dec. 23, renowned vocalist Anthony Nunziata will serenade fans with holiday carols in the program “My Italian Broadway Christmas,” while versatile comedian Sarge will perform at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve and 2 p.m. Christmas Day.

The Studio’s new tagline—“Broadway Nights, Boca Nights”—speaks to its renewed ambitions.

“There’s a buzz going on now with it,” Anderson says. “Once that buzz starts, the honey attracts the bees, or the bees attract the honey, but it’s starting. There’s a good positive energy going on there.”

For the full lineup of upcoming events, and to purchase tickets, visit thestudioatmiznerpark.com.


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John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

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