Beyond The Stage – Free Talks and Performances Enhance Kravis Center Experience

What is more entertaining than a performance at the Kravis Center? One that includes a bonus presentation – free of charge – that enhances the experience with insider details, expert perspective and for some events, an entire extra show.

Beyond The Stage is a series of more than 50 pre-performance talks and musical presentations held throughout each season at the Kravis Center to complement many of the dance and music performances. The in-depth talks, led by industry experts Steven Caras and Sharon McDaniel, delve into the stories behind the dancers’ and musicians’ performances, from the history of and inspiration for the choreography and pieces of music to personalities on stage that bring them to life.

scheadshotjpg-2Caras, a dancer with the New York City Ballet for 14 years, maintains an active schedule as a published author, featured lecturer, photographer, dance critic, guest ballet master and fundraiser. Along with Lee Wolf, he also hosts the popular ArtSmart Lunch & Learn lecture series each season at the Kravis Center. McDaniel, an award-winning journalist and classical music critic, is the Regional Arts Concert Series Programming Associate for the Kravis Center and has been a Fellow at both the National Arts Journalism Program at Northwestern University and the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism.

In addition to the free talks, Beyond The Stage features a number of “bonus performances” throughout the season by local student musicians and singers. These shows are also free of charge and will feature talent from across Palm Beach and Martin counties. Upcoming shows include the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County Chamber Ensemble on February 6, Morikami Park Elementary’s Sunshine Singers on March 30 and the Lake Worth High School Trojan Pride Chorus on May 13.

Beyond The Stage talks begin an hour and 15 minutes prior to performances and are held in the Picower Foundation Arts Education Center in the Cohen Pavilion. Musical presentations begin 45 minutes prior to performances and are usually held in the Dreyfoos Hall lobby. For more information about Beyond The Stage and to see a schedule of events, please visit or call 561-832-7469.