Wild Swan Theater Presents: Under the African Sun

Wild Swan Theater continues its 38th season with Under the African Sky, in celebration of Black History Month.  This delightful collection of African tales was created for children ages 3 through 9.  These humorous tales, including, “Why the Sky is Far Away” and “The Talking Vegetables,” will be performed through storytelling, acting, and drumming.

Outstanding drummer Jaclyn Morrow will perform traditional music on drums and belafon.  Morrow has performed and studied West African drumming and dance with Like Water Drum and Dance and the Tree of Life Drum and Dance Society.  As well as drumming in Under the African Sky, Morrow joins other ensemble cast members Sandy Ryder, Jeremy Salvatori, and Brian E. Buckner as a storyteller and actor. American Sign Language interpretation is provided by Jennifer Poole.

This lively quartet plays a host of characters.  Young children will delight in the talking vegetables who teach Anansi the Spider a lesson about hard work in “The Talking Vegetables” and the jungle animals who teach turtle about what makes a true friend in “Tug of Rope.”  I know that my 4 year-old boys have always enjoyed Anansi tales, told by the amazing storytellers at the public libraries.  Another important lesson is learned in “Why the Sky is Far Away,” when the sky teaches the villagers about not wasting food.

Wild Swan Theater’s performances are typically between 45 and 60 minutes, with interactive components, for the young audience members.  The stage is viewed, easily, by all seats in the auditorium and snacks are allowed, as well.  The weekday performances tend to fill up quickly, particularly with large school groups.  This is a wonderful learning opportunity for preschoolers and elementary-age children, alike!

Backstage touch tours and audio-description are available for blind theater patrons.  These services are free but must be reserved in advance by calling (734) 995-0530.  Wild Swan Theater is dedicated to producing professional children’s theater of the highest artistic quality and to making that theater accessible to all families through low ticket prices and innovative outreach programs.  For more information about the company, its current season, touring programs and drama classes and camps, visit the Wild Swan website at www.wildswantheater.org.  For interviews, contact Michelle Trame Lanzi at (734) 995-0530.

Performance Dates and Times:

Thursday, February 22, 10:00 am

Friday, February 23, 10:00 am and 12:30 pm

NO PERFORMANCE ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Sunday, February 25, 2:00 pm

Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for youth and seniors

Discounts available for groups of 10 or more; $3 lap passes available for patrons under 2 years of age.

Purchase and Information:  (734) 995-0530 or www.wildswantheater.org

All performances are located at Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College.

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