Family Picnic, Opening Night, and Kid's Corner Performance

 The Give and Take Jugglers entertain kids of all ages.

Dear Colleagues,

The Annenberg Center kicks off its 16th Annual Philadelphia International Children's Festival tomorrow with a special Penn Family Picnic and Opening Night Performance. And we'd be delighted if you, your children or grandchildren, and their friends could join us for one or more of the Festival's wonderful programs:

  • Wednesday, May 3 -- Penn Family Picnic and Opening Night Performance
  • Friday, May 5 --WXPN "Kid's Corner" Performance by Cathy and Marcy
  • Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7 -- Children's Festival Events

The Wednesday, May 3 event will feature a 5:30 p.m. picnic of kid's food, soda, ice cream, and outdoor entertainment on the Annenberg Center Plaza, followed by a 7 p.m. Festival Showcase performance in the Zellerbach Theatre, guest hosted by NBC-10's Renee Chenault. The evening is sponsored by the Division of Human Resources as an appreciation activity.

The Showcase's featured performers include: Smythe & Saucier's Circo Comedia (master magician/ juggler and clown eccentric); Chuck Davis' acclaimed African American Dance Ensemble; Japanese Puppet Theatre Hitomi-Za, presenting the Pokemon-like story Ge Ge Ge No Kitaro; and Cathy and Marcy, the ever popular folk singers.

The Friday, May 5 "Kids' Corner" Concert at 7 p.m. will feature a live WXPN broadcast from the Zellerbach Theatre by the award-wining folk singers Cathy and Marcy.

The Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7 Weekend Festival Events will include a broad range of performances by artists from around the world, plus some wonderful outdoor activities, including a crafts fair where your children can make their own special Mother's Day gifts.

To encourage campus-wide family participation, we are pleased to offer the Penn community specially discounted tickets at $5 per evening to the Wednesday, May 3 Picnic/Performance and Friday, May 5 Kids Corner Performance (otherwise priced at $9). To order tickets for these special evening events and weekend performances, please stop by or call our Box Office at 898-3900, between noon and 6 p.m.

For additional details, please refer to our Penn Presents web site at or Children's Festival brochure, available in the Annenberg Center lobby.

I thank you for your interest and look forward to greeting you, your families, and friends at the 16th Annual Philadelphia International Children's Festival.

--Michael J. Rose, Managing Director, Annenberg Center

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 31, May 2, 2000