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Youth theatre celebrated in Syracuse

Preview, "The Song from the Sea."

Two open dress rehearsals planned for Saturday, Sept. 26

during Syracuse Stage's 2009 Open House

Directed by Lauren Unbekant

Scenic and Costume Design by Katrin Naumann

Sound Design by David Huber

Puppets by Gabriel Quirk

Each fall, Syracuse Stage and the Department of Drama at Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) present the Bank of America Children's Tour, a high-energy, interactive and culturally diverse theatrical production for elementary school audiences. Touring this year, September 29-December 17, is The Song from the Sea by Mike Kenny. Open dress rehearsals, free and open to the public, are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 26 during Syracuse Stage's 2009 Open House. Recommended for pre-K and up, The Song from the Sea is made possible by support from Bank of America, the naming sponsor, with additional support from the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust.

The Song from the Sea is the spellbinding fantasy tale of Josh, a young boy who lives in a "very noisy house in a very noisy street in a very noisy city." Yet above all the clamor, Josh hears a mysterious, beautiful sound calling him toward the sea.

Performed in striking visual terms with puppetry and scenery, The Song from the Sea offers an extraordinary opportunity to share a rich theatrical experience. The director, designers, performers and production crew are students and professionals from the Syracuse University Department of Drama and Syracuse Stage.

REVIEWS

"A journey of discovery all about learning to trust and believe in ourselves..." - Visible Fictions Theatre, UK

"A mesmerizing new show for children...magical and absorbing." - The Scotsman, UK

"A stand-out family theatre experience." - The LA Times

PLAYWRIGHT

Mike Kenny (Playwright) has written over 60 plays, most for young audiences and many for audiences and actors with special needs. He was named one of the UK's top ten living playwrights by The Independent, and has won numerous awards, including the Writers' Guild of Britain's Best Children's Play (Stepping Stones) and the Arts Council of England's first Children's Award for Playwriting. His plays are performed regularly throughout the UK and across the world. Other children's plays by Mike Kenny: The Gardener, Diary of an Action Man,Stepping Stones, Stuck, Sink or Swim, Flags and Bandages, and many more.

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