WASHINGTON, PA (June 22, 2011)—Washington & Jefferson College’s annual Children’s Play and Festival will be held Saturday, July 9, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Olin Fine Arts Center.\
The Center Stage Players Theatre for Children's production of “Doctor Horatio Ulysses Goldraker’s Traveling Medicine Show” at 2 p.m. highlights this year's event, which is free and open to the public.
Each year at the Children's Festival, an original family-oriented, literary-based play introduces young audiences to important works which they are likely to encounter as an advanced student or as an adult.
“Rather than a full production of an original script adapted from a classical work of literature, we are doing something smaller this year and presenting it within the daytime events of the festival,” said Dan Shaw, technical director at the Olin Fine Arts Center. “We are doing a reproduction of a 19th century Medicine Show, which is essentially an early vaudeville. It should still be seen as an attempt to take something historic, in this case a bygone format with its own performance style, and repackaging it to make it accessible to a young audience.”
Show times include the “Wild World of Animals” at 12:30 p.m., a strolling puppet show playing continually from 12:30-2:30 p.m., and “Science Rocks!” at 3 p.m. A variety of other activities are planned throughout the day, including inflatables.
The event is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Eat’n Park, and Parkhurst Dining Services.
For additional information on the Children's Festival, call the Olin Fine Arts Center box office at 724-223-OLIN (6546).