The area's multi-media source for local news in Northern Chautauqua County will again be partnering with the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center at the State University of New York at Fredonia to bring the community the finest in family entertainment.
For a second straight season, the OBSERVER will sponsor the Kaleidoscope Family Series at Rockefeller Arts Center. The Dunkirk-based newspaper has been published continuously since 1882, offering the community reliable local news.
"We are pleased to welcome the OBSERVER back as the sponsor of our family series," Rockefeller Arts Center Director Jefferson Westwood said. "We long have relied on the paper for getting the word out on our many events and it's great to have them on board as a corporate sponsor once again."
The OBSERVER returns as the sponsor of the Kaleidoscope Family Series for the 2012-13 season at Rockefeller Arts Center. On hand for the presentation of the sponsorship check were, from left, Jefferson Westwood, director of Rockefeller Arts Center; Rosealee Owen, a long-time OBSERVER employee and member of the usher corps at Rockefeller Arts Center; John D’Agostino, publisher of the OBSERVER and Tim Murphy, director of development for the Fredonia College Foundation.
The 2012-13 Kaleidoscope Family Series will feature three performances designed to bring the experience of live theater to children and families in the setting of Marvel Theatre. The lineup includes:
"Robin Hood" with DuffleBag Theatre on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. The "Nearly World Famous" DuffleBag Theatre returns following their recent performances of "A Christmas Carol" and "Beauty and the Beast." This will be an interactive production in which selected audience members will be brought on stage to play roles in the adventure.
"The Gruffalo" with Tall Stories Theatre Company on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. Great Britain's Tall Stories Theatre Company will offer a musical adaptation of the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. A mouse scares hungry animals away by creating tales of the terrifying "Gruffalo," only to come face-to-face with the very creature he imagined in this production.
"Pirate School!" with David Engel on Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. Audience members will learn what it takes to be a "true pirate and sail the high seas" in this one-man family vaudeville show created by veteran New York physical comedian and actor David Engel.
Tickets for the Kaleidoscope Family Series events are available through the SUNY Fredonia Ticket Office, in the Williams Center, by phone at 673-3501 (1-866-441-4928) or online at fredonia.edu/tickets.