Overture Center holds weekly Kids in the Rotunda event

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- One week before their fundraising gala, Frostiball, the Overture Center held a Kids in the Rotunda event for kids of all ages and their families.

The Overture Center's Kids in the Rotunda event happens every Saturday between October and April. They hold three performances throughout the day, featuring different acts like musicians, dancers and magicians. The performances are free and open to everyone.

Musician Ann Torralba said she hopes she can inspire kids with her music.

"I’m one of the only women of Filipino descent doing kids music throughout the country, so for little girls and little boys to look up and see someone representing, I think it’s really important for them to just get a different perspective, and just in general, as kids’ musicians, to inspire the kids to do great things," Torralba said.

Torralba's friend and fellow musician, Suzi Shelton agreed. She said they try to encourage the kids to be positive.

"A lot of the songs that we write are about these positive messages, encouraging kids to do good things in the world and to spread their wings and to lead from their heart and to go ahead and start changing the world for the better," Shelton said.

The three performances are at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The 1 p.m. performance always has an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter.

Meredith Brezinski has been interpreting for this event for 10 years. She said she first came to this event with her own child when he was little.

"I feel like this is a great opportunity for people to be able to come to the overture center to see what they offer. It’s awesome that there’s so many different programs, entertainment here and it’s free to the community because otherwise, a lot of people wouldn’t have the opportunity to see these performances," she said.

On Saturday, Jan. 26, the Overture Center will host Frostiball, a fundraising gala, with performances starting at 8:30 p.m. Proceeds from Frostiball will help support community events, including Kids in the Rotunda.