Key points "An African Tale" 10 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday Art in the Park performance stage Free 870-9977
At the end of every three-week Summer Kaleidoscope program, participating children get to show off what they have learned. At Saturday's Art in the Park event, Robin Getter's students, ages 6 to 11, will perform "An African Tale."
The story is based on the African legend of Anansi the Spider.
"If you have kids, you know about him," Getter said. Anansi is a trickster, much like the coyote in many American Indian stories. "Within his stories there are always morals, things to be learned and family values."
The Kaleidoscope program is one-third arts and crafts, one-third acting and one-third dancing.
Getter choreographed the show with song and dance from the West African countries of Ghana and Guinea.
"Dancing is so good for the children's health and coordination, and it helps them in sports," Getter said. "We begin each day with a warm-up of ballet, hip-hop, sit ups and push ups, because I believe you need to be fit to dance."
Props and costumes were made by the children with the help of art director Jill Scully.
Fara Tolno visited the dance and art immersion program for two days to teach the drumming section of the show.
On July 18, another three week Kaleidoscope program will begin, this time focusing on Irish art and music. At the end of the program, students will perform "An Irish Tale."