An uncensored, unpredictable show with short films, music videos and general miscellany is what the Nickelodeon Theatre calls “Magic Hour.”
All forms and disciplines of art are welcome at “Magic Hour,” as long as they’re under 10 minutes. Past “Magic Hours” have included poets and actors, a ballet instructor and experimental musicians.
“It’s a bonanza,” Nickelodeon programming coordinator and education instructor Pedro Lopez De Victoria said.
The fourth iteration of the variety show is Thursday, May 25. The show’s theme is “survival.”
“It’s a theme that can encapsulate a lot of different work,” Lopez De Victoria said.
He is the host of the evening along with The Nick’s assistant manager Steffi Brink. Their job is to guide viewers through this type of guerrilla theater and encourage audience participation.
The shows have “always been really great opportunities to bring local artists in the community together,” Lopez De Victoria said. “We think of it as the Nick program that best encapsulates our thinking of the theater as a space for not just film but performance of all kinds.”
It’s free to submit a piece to “Magic Hour” and submissions can be made up to the day of the show, although the closer it gets, the harder it will be to accommodate.
Audiences can attend for $10, and shows do fill up. So get your seats early.
And come with an open mind.
“We love having an atmosphere of wonderment,” Lopez De Victoria said. “If you show up, get ready to be taken by surprise and be taken on an adventure.”
Here’s a previous “Magic Hour” trailer:
If you go
“Magic Hour IV: Survival”
WHEN: 8-10 p.m. Thursday, May 25
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre, 1607 Main St.