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April 19, 2013
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine

Children's Day offers family fun

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Slippery Rock University's Kaleidoscope Arts Festival offers Children Day's April 20, giving children a chance to meet "Blackbeard the Pirate" characters such as "Melodious Mermaids," "Scary Seaweed Creatures" and "Blackbeard the Pirate."

Children's Day, a signature event of SRU's Kaleidoscope, will include a Missoula Children's Theatre production of "Blackbeard the Pirate" staring local children, arts and crafts, music and live performance.

The hours are 1-5:30 p.m., in SRU's University Union.

"Children's Day is the day we celebrate arts in the community," said Colleen Reilly, SRU assistant professor of theatre and Kaleidoscope director. "We want to celebrate the next generation of arts participation, making sure to provide pathways to creative expression."

Missoula Children's Theatre was in residence at SRU this week to select 20 children ages 8-14 to present the play, Reilly said. Missoula is a touring children's theatre company based in Missoula, Mont., and funded by the state of Montana.

"Blackbeard the Pirate" begins with a lazy day at the beach but then turns into a mystery and adventure when the search for Blackbeard's Pirate begins. The play will be presented at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. There is no charge.

Free arts and crafts will be offered throughout Children's Day. At 1 p.m., the Moraine Elementary Children's Choir will perform. The New Castle Playhouse Mini Stars will perform at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Guests heading into the University Union for Children's Day will pass by Kaleidoscope's "Artifacts" exhibit. "Artifacts" mines the intersection of art, archeology and sustainability by placing items in the ground to remind people of past cultures. The exhibit continues until April 27 at the union and SRU's Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Research and Education.

"The artifacts will provide a springboard for discussing how cultures leave behind tangible evidence of their communities," Reilly said. "The excavation will include dozens of artifacts, or objects that symbolize what cultures leave behind, to prompt observers to ponder the ecology of art."

"Here's the Story," featuring the work of 21 SRU dance majors, will be presented 2 and 5 p.m. April 20-21. The concerts will feature original dance works based on seniors' final research projects.

Kaleidoscope continues through April 28.

"Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)" will be performed at 2 and 7:30 p.m., April 21, and 7:30 p.m., April 22-25.

The SRU Saxophone Quartets will perform at 7:30 p.m., April 23, in Swope Recital Hall. They will perform jazz, Latin and sacred compositions. SRU's Jazz Combo's will perform at 7:30 p.m., April 25, in SRU's Sheehy Theater.

Kaleidoscope offers international programs as well. Vijaya Lukose, who has worked for more than 20 years for Air India, will speak at 6 p.m., April 24, in 105 Vincent Science Center. She is the author of "Ten Steps to Become an Air Hostess."

"Opera Scenes, directed by Colleen Gray, associate professor of music, will perform at 7:30 p.m., April 27, in Swope Music Hall. The concert will feature senior music majors focusing on music performance.

The Hunts, a musical family of nine multi-instrumentalists, will perform at 4 p.m., April 28, at the University Union Multipurpose Room.

The 12th annual Kaleidoscope offers more than 20 events, including student dance; folk, jazz and opera concerts; theatre presentations; lectures and an "Images of Buddhist Art" event. For the complete schedule, visit

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