Merced Arts Wrap for Friday, May 16, 2014

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at arts center

William Shakespeare’s classic tale “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is scheduled to be performed at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645. W. Main St. The play is adapted by Dr. Katherine Brokaw, directed by stage veteran Colton Dennis, and performed by the Master Acting class. Tickets are $5 and $10 and the show is appropriate for all ages. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Cap ’n’ Town Festival

Cap ’n’ Town 2014, Merced’s largest downtown outdoor celebration and block party, is scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. today on West Main Street, between M Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

The annual all-ages event celebrates all of Merced’s graduates and honors the community’s educational excellence, according to a city press release. It will feature food, music, exhibits, arts, crafts booths, fun for kids, and a car show. Scheduled bands include Feeling Gravity’s Pull, The Banshees and the Danny Garza Band.

A variety of dance groups are also scheduled to appear, including Sol Del Valle, Denisa’s School of Dance and the South Pacific Dance Company. For more information about the event, call (209) 724-8104.

‘Best Little Whorehouse

in Texas’ on stage

The musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” is playing through Sunday at Playhouse Merced.

Tickets are on sale for Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $22 general, $20 seniors, $12 students and $10 children.

Purchase tickets by calling (209) 725-8587, or visiting the box office at 452 W. Main St. in downtown Merced, Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. The show is rated “M,” containing mature themes, situations and language, according to the press release.

Tribute to Johnny Cash

James Garner is scheduled to perform a tribute to Johnny Cash at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Merced Theatre. According to a press release, Garner and his band perform Cash’s music, combining it with historical accounts and personal anecdotes. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased on the theater’s website, www.mercedtheatre.org, or by calling the box office at (209) 381-0500. The Merced Theatre box office, 307 W. Main St., is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

‘Secrets, Shields

and Steel’

The anti-bully stage play “Secrets, Shields and Steel” is scheduled to be performed at 6 p.m. Saturday at El Capitan High, 100 Farmland Ave., Merced. Admission is $5.

“The Sky Is Falling”

at UC Merced

“The Sky Is Falling And I Am Not Even Kidding” is scheduled to be performed at 6:30 p.m. next Friday inside UC Merced’s Lakireddy Auditorium. The show is an operatic retelling of the Henny Penny story by Nancy Steele Brokaw, set to the music of Mozart, Gilbert and Sullivan, Puccini and Bizet, according to the event’s Facebook page. The show stars Shawnette Sulker, TaNayiah Bryels, Colton Dennis and Uriah Brown. Suggested price is $5 general and $3 children. UC Merced is at 5200 Lake Road.