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March 29, 2011
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April 16 Children’s Day offers colorful array of fun

. – Stirred imaginations and smiles will be as plentiful as spring flowers when Slippery Rock University offers an “Alice in Wonderland”-themed Children’s Day program April 16. The family-oriented program, part of the University’s April 13-23 Kaleidoscope Arts Festival, will include music, dance, theatre, arts and crafts, balloon sculptures and food. Parking is free.

“We are celebrating the arts with families. It is going to be an awesome day,” said Colleen Reilly, assistant professor of theatre and Kaleidoscope coordinator.
            Children’s Day activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the lawn in front of SRU’s Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center and at 3 and 5 p.m. in Miller Auditorium.
             Organizers will set up a platform in front of the alumni house for Children’s Day performances. The fun begins with an 11 a.m. appearance by the Moraine Elementary School Children’s Choir.
        The SRU Jazz Ensemble will perform at noon. The SRU Theatre Shakespeare Tour will present a children’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” at 1 p.m. The Rock Dance Co. will perform at 2 p.m.

The closing event is a community participation production of “Alice in Wonderland.” The internationally recognized Missoula Children’s Theatre will be in residence at SRU April 11-16 and will audition and select up to 70 children for the play.
      Actors will play the roles of the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. The company will host auditions for children in kindergarten through 12th grade from 3-5 p.m. April 11 in the Slippery Rock Township Building. The play will be performed at 3 and 5 p.m., April 16, in Miller Auditorium.
            Kaleidoscope, now in its 10th year and sponsored by SRU’s College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, will offer more than 30 programs. SRU launched the festival to provide free and reduced-cost arts programming to underserviced communities.
        This year’s line up includes an appearance by Anthony Rapp of the Broadway hit “Rent,” master puppeteers, concerts, galleries and a tribute to the late Rachel Carson, the western Pennsylvania environmental pioneer. Also on the schedule is an SRU production of the play “Streamers,” an “East Meets West” puppet show and a poetry reading by Khet Mar, a Burmese writer currently exiled in Pittsburgh.
      Tickets for shows and concerts will be available at the door or at the University Union Information Desk. For the schedulee of events, open For more information, call 724.738.4586.


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