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Children's Theatre Launches 11th Season with Shangri-La Circus Acrobats

Thursday, October 25, 2007

WYE MILLS – The Rufus M. and Loraine Hall Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College is celebrating its eleventh season with the innovative 2007-2008 Theatre for Young People Series.

Each season consists of a carefully selected variety of dance, music, puppetry and drama. More than 10,000 people attended the children´s theatre presentations in the last season. The weekday Schoolday Series patrons included students from public schools in all five of the service counties, local private school students and home-schooled children.

"We have loyal patrons who have been attending our shows since the first season, but every year we reach new patrons. I try to develop a season that offers appealing events for a wide range of ages and interests," said TPAC Children´s Theatre Director Linda Zaragoza. "We´ve had wonderful feedback over the years from parents and educators who´ve thanked us for offering high-quality children´s performances close to home. We´ve become an integral part of arts education for children on the Shore."

Many of the children´s shows in the 900-seat theatre sell out every year, so TPAC offers both the Family Series of weekend and evening shows, and the Schoolday Series for school field trips.

The Family Series kicks off on Friday, Nov. 16 with the Shangri-La Circus Acrobats. The Chinese troupe, a favorite of TPAC audiences, will offer a stunning display talent and grace. Acrobats will perform death-defying drops on two towering poles, contortionists take a ride on a spinning wheel, and jugglers masterfully wield umbrellas, volleyballs and anything they can get their hands on. That´s just the beginning! Tickets for the show are $15 for children and $20 for adults. This show, a hit with all ages, has been a sell-out in previous seasons.

"Sleigh Ride Around the World", a TPAC holiday tradition, will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. Tickets for the show are $15 for children and $20 for adults.

ArtsPower comes to the TPAC stage with "Old Yeller" on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for children and $12 for adults.

A week later on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m., the beloved story "If You Give a Pig a Party" comes to live on the TPAC stage. Tickets are $9.

The youngest patrons will be thrilled on Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. when "Harry the Dirty Dog" comes to TPAC. Tickets for the show are $8.

The season wraps up with "Madeline and the Bad Hat" on Monday, May at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8.

For a Theatre for Young People schedule or more information, please call 410-827-5867.

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