The Lee and Diane Brandenburg Theatre and The Cadence Amphitheatre
CDM’s two performance spaces are forums for authentic performing arts, including, dance, theatre, music, film, and cultural festivals. Children can be inspired by watching performances by their peers, interact with professional artists, and explore their own self-expression through a variety of experiential opportunities. Almost all of our theatre performances are free with Museum admission (exceptions will be noted in the performance description).
CDM supports community performing groups and fosters the development of student artists by providing a venue for community and youth performers. Performances celebrate the rich diversity of culture present in Silicon Valley and have included Mexican folklorico groups, Vietnamese musicians, Tahitian dancers, and Japanese taiko drumming.
Childhood is the perfect time to reinforce the value of artistic processes as young children are more able than adults to express non-censored emotions. Theatre experiences teach creative problem-solving skills, new ways of thinking and using one’s body, and pre-literacy skills. In short, participation in the performing arts can enhance children’s self-confidence, improve their academic abilities, and give them valuable life skills.
Interactive performances and workshops at CDM encourage children to stretch their imaginations and explore the ways in which they can use their voices and bodies to communicate. Acting allows children to transform life from how things really are to how they want them to be and gives them a different way to process their thoughts and emotions. When children improvise together, they practice taking another’s perspective; cooperating as they share ideas; and negotiating roles and use of props.
The Lee and Diane Brandenburg Theatre
The Lee and Diane Brandenburg Theatre is an intimate 40 x 40 square foot fully-equipped black box space that fosters connections between children and performers.
Because of the flexibility of the space, seating can be arranged to provide optimal viewing or even to put children within the performance. The space is also ideal for workshops and film presentations.
On days when scheduled performers are not using the dressing room, children can step into the room to try on a new character of their own.
The Cadence Amphitheatre
This beautiful outdoor venue within an 8,600 square foot courtyard provides two stages and state-of-the-art audio/lighting capabilities to host performances. It can accommodate large audiences and festivals in an informal environment. In the warm weather months, CDM offers its visitors a lunchtime concert series.
Many thanks to Lee & Diane Brandenburg and Cadence for their generosity.
Theatre Performance Schedule
Potter the Otter: An Adventure
Saturdays: April 12th and 26th
11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Sundays: April 13th and 27th
12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
Many of you know about Potter the Otter and his love of drinking water. Did you ever wonder why Potter feels so strongly about drinking water? This original, live, interactive play tells that story! Join us and find out more about the lovable Potter and his adventures.
Funded by FIRST 5 Santa Clara County
Tuesday, April 15
1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.
Called a “kid-friendly, bilingual (English/Spanish) rock star” by The Washington Post, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) is a leading figure in children’s music. His CDs have been selected by People
magazine, Parents magazine, The Washington Post, and Education.com as top children’s albums, and his 2012 release, Chocolalala, won a Parents’ Choice Gold Award.
Named one of the “Best Live Acts for Kids and Families,” Mister G's Has produced several environmentally-themed songs, "Mister Chubby Pants" and "Squirrels," that have been made into videos.
- Latin Grammy Nominating Ballot for Best Children’s Album
- Grammy Nominating Ballot for Best Children’s Album
- 2012 Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner
Saturday, April 19th
1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Charlie Hope children's music is melodic, interactive and sing-able! Whether you’re a parent or kid, you’ll find an opportunity to stomp your feet, become a train or roar like a lion!
Big Screen Sundays
The Curious Garden
Sundays, March 9th and 23rd, and April 20th
1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
Peter Brown’s enchanting tale enchanting tale of one boy’s quest for a greener world... one garden at a time…is now an award-winning short film with environmental themes and breathtaking illustrations. A little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world.