The Family Festival Series is designed for parents and their children ages 4 - 12 years and features live performances, dances, and musical events free of charge. Programs are held one Saturday a month at 11:00 a.m., usually in the James & Betty Hall Theatre. Reduce your stress and get the kids out of the house for a cultural or social program that they will surely enjoy.
All Family Festival programs will be held in the James & Betty Hall Theatre at 11:00 a.m. Admission is free.
Crabgrass Puppet Theatre
“The Day it Snowed Tortillas”
A poor woodcutter and his wife have the chance of a lifetime – to become rich! All they have to do is keep a secret. Trouble is, the woodcutter is the biggest blabbermouth south of the border. The wife cooks up an ingenious plan to divert any unwanted attention. All she has to do is make it snow . . . in July . . . in Mexico! The recipe for this hilarious folktale includes fantastic puppets, hysterically funny action, marvelous music, and one ridiculous chicken.
Flying Ship Productions
“The Tortoise and the Hare: The Results Show”
This classic tale is brought to life by two professional Actor/Singer/Dancers. But wait, the real story is the aftermath of the race. Crushed and demoralized our Hare loses his sense of identity and self worth. “It’s time to retire,” he sighs. “It’s time to inspire,” counters the Tortoise, taking on the role of life coach. Rockabilly, Rhythm and Blues, and Jazz punctuate this uplifting come-back story. The Tortoise must train the Hare for a winner take all race to save the farm from outside predators.
Two Silly Fathers
“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
Watch the clever antics of Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones as they vie for the attention of Katrina Van Tassel. See Ichabod show off with a wildly funny dance. Enjoy the live accompaniment of guitar, banjo, bagpipe, whistle, belly, drums, and more. Witness the thrilling chase on horseback at the climax of the story.
Costumes, scenery and a wide variety of musical instruments round out this imaginative and fast-paced presentation. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is sure to delight, amuse and enlighten children of all ages.
Crabgrass Puppet Theatre
“Mr. Punch’s Christmas Carol”
Merry Christmas? "BAH, HUMBUG!" says cranky old Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge's cynical attitude makes everyone around him miserable as well, especially his much-abused clerk, Bob Cratchit. Watch as Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, who teach him to look beyond his bank account and help him see a world of hope and love. Mr. Punch's Christmas Carol is a fast-paced and funny holiday show with all the trimmings, told with expertly made colorful hand puppets, rod puppets, and shadow puppets. Whimsical scenery, hilarious sound effects, and a sound track of seasonal favorites combine to bring this classic tale to life.