WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY)
Syracuse Stadium brings its production of Bank of America Children’s Tour from “The girl who swallowed a cactus”, created in partnership with the Syracuse University Department of Drama, to the community of central New York with public performances at Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park in September and Salt city market in October. This original piece is a unique take on traditional storytelling that will captivate and inspire audiences of all ages. A little moonlight brings to life a menagerie of found objects showing the power of memory and imagination.
Performances are scheduled at Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Burnet Park on September 18 at 12:15 p.m. and 2 p.m. and September 19 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Participation in “The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus” is free with entry to the zoo. After each performance, there is a discussion with the actors and a zookeeper. Zoo guests can also go on a scavenger hunt around the zoo to find the actual versions of the puppets featured in the show and have a chance to win prizes from the Syracuse Stage and the Zoo.
Two performances are scheduled at the Salt City Market on October 2 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Members of the public can visit the Syracuse Stage Education team during these performances to learn behind-the-scenes information. Families will receive a take-home activity box to explore the sets, lighting, sound and costume design. Customers are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to enjoy the show.
“Covid forced us to pivot the children’s tour to digital production, but we still wanted to find a way to safely deliver affordable, live and imaginative theatrical programming to children in the area,” said Kate Laissle, Associate Director of Education at Syracuse Stage. “We are delighted that Rosamond Gifford Zoo and Salt City Market are open to sharing their spaces with us and the community, especially since the themes of” The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus “harmonize perfectly with the conservation missions of our partners and sustainability.
Performances at both locations will take place outdoors, weather permitting. Tickets are not required.
“The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus” is the story of eight-year-old Sheila and her pack of pals. School is out for the summer, it’s hot and boredom is heavy, but they’re not going to let the summer heat beat them down. When their fantastic junkyard fort catches the eye of a walking, talking, and surprisingly well-dressed coyote, the adventurers suddenly find themselves deep in the desert, facing the Howls Council, Sting Brigade, Death Cactus and many more. Moreover. It’s a whirlwind adventure on how humans affect the environment and the animals we share the planet with and how we take on the mission of saving the world from ourselves.
“The show is a blast for kids and their adults with talking coyotes and even kitchen tongs, but we also deal with serious themes like the endangerment of wild animals and the human impact on our environment,” said Katherine McGerr, “The Girl Who Director Swallowed a Cactus.” We couldn’t be more excited to share this story and we truly think this show is more important than ever today. “
The Bank of America Kids Tour typically visits elementary schools in central New York State each fall, providing dynamic, interactive, and culturally diverse performances directly to the student audience. Each performance is fully staged with sets, costumes and sound. For the 2021/2022 school year, production has moved to a virtual format, schools can book a video of the performance online. Live performances are only available on weekends in October. Classroom study guides are provided prior to each performance to enhance student learning. Schools or organizations wishing to book a virtual or in-person production can contact Theorri London at [email protected]
“The girl who swallowed a cactus”
Written by Eric Coble
Directed by Katherine McGerr
Costume and scenography by Carmen Martinez
Sound design by Dan McLain
Stage directed by Andi Voigt
ZOO ROSAMOND GIFFORD AT BURNET PARK
Sep 18 at 12:15 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
September 19 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
SALT CITY MARKET
October 2 at 10:30 am and 11:45 am
August Fegley Dust Cloud
Sarah Munguia Dust Cloud
William Schuyler Coyote
Axel Vera Coyote
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