BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Here are some shows, festivals, and sporting events happening around town over the first weekend of spring in western New York.
- The Phantom of the Opera is back on stage at Shea’s Performing Arts Center for the first time in ten years. This all new production features a new scenic design and fresh choreography to Andrew Lloyd Weber’s classic score. The cast of 52 has performances through next Sunday, March 29th. There are still limited tickets available.
- Also on stage in the theater district, a favorite kids book come to life. The Theater of Youth’s production of BFG opens this weekend. The Roald Dahl book tells the story of the “Big Friendly Giant.” Performances run through next Sunday, March 29th. Check www.theatreofyouth.org for all the showtimes and ticket information.
- It’s officially Easter Season at the Broadway Market! The kickoff is this morning at 11. There will be special seasonal vendors and extended hours at the market every day from now until Holy Saturday. The Easter bunny arrives at 10 o’clock Saturday morning. Go to www.broadwaymarket.org for all the details.
- One way to look forward to the spring season is to think about what to do with your Garden this year. Plantasia is all set up at the fairgrounds in Hamburg. You can meet landscape and gardening experts and discuss ideas for your outside spaces. The show runs through Sunday. Check out all the vendors and find ticket info at www.plantasiany.com.
- Dancing to make wishes come true. That will be the mission of a huge Zumbathon in Tonawanda on Sunday. Make-A-Wish WNY supporters will dance for two hours, but if you would rather watch, that’s fine too! There will be raffles, vendors, auctions, and more. Doors to the Tonawanda Castle open at 11:30, and the dancing starts at 2. They’re expecting a crowd of at least six hundred people.
- There’s also plenty of sports action is on the way at First Niagara Center. The Sabres skate against the New Jersey Devils Friday night at 7. Then right after the game crews will put the turf down for the Bandits game Saturday night against the Minnesota Swarm. But first, at noon, the Bandits will host their first of four spring lacrosse clinics for kids. You can register ahead at www.bandits.com.