Footlight Players Theater-for-Youth will host a giant puppet parade at IUP’s Picnic in the Grove this Wednesday, July 1, 2009.
The parade will feature the award-winning puppetry of Cheryl Capezzuti. Capezzuti will lead a puppet-making workshop for kids of all ages beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Oak Grove. Then, at approximately 12:30 p.m., a parade will lead participants to a stage where Footlight Players casts will sing songs from this summer’s offerings: James and the Giant Peach and Willy Wonka.
Footlight Players is celebrating its sixth birthday with two productions that put the familiar lyric “Come with me, and you’ll be, in a world of pure imagination!” into practice. Casts of Indiana Area youth have been rehearsing Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, the stage adaptation of Dahl’s book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and his James and the Giant Peach since June 13. Willy Wonka will be performed at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10, in Waller Hall’s main theater of the IUP Performing Arts Center. James and The Giant Peach will be performed at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, also at Waller Hall’s main theater. For tickets, call 724-357-2965 or purchase them from any Footlight Player.
Footlight Players is a service outreach project of IUP’s Department of Theater and Dance and is supported by IUP’s College of Fine Arts and by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance (PRAA).