Even though the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival
is turning 20 this year, it’s still young at heart. Running from
April 25 through May 1, this year’s festival showcases creative
and magical theatrical troupes from around the world, such as Jack-Five-Oh,
whose show brings Newfoundland fairy tales to life, and Canada’s
BAM (left), which features creative drumming on everyday objects.
And don’t miss the live-from-the-festival broadcast of WXPN’s “Kids Corner” with Kathy O’Connell on April 27 at 7 p.m., as well as performances by jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis on April 25 at 6 and 8:30 p.m. In the flurry of activity, take a minute to greet Brian Joyce, who is heading up the Festival one last time—his 13th—before he enters the ministry (see “Staff Q&A”).
Originally published on April 15, 2004