Thursday, November 19, 2015

Family Festivities Kick-Off Party Recap

By Don Rebar
Community Engagement & Digital Content Manager

Hundreds of children, parents and families visited the Playhouse to enjoy family-friendly games, activities, music, food and more at our annual Family Festivities Kick-Off Party.

Held on the Playhouse grounds on Sunday, November 8, this interactive afternoon celebrated the beginning of our 2015/2016 Family Festivities series, which includes  productions of Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas, Chicken Dance, Charlotte's Web, Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey, and Are You My Mother?

Playhouse staff assisted young audiences and other visitors in a number of creative activities. Children saw themselves transform into a number of fantastic characters by playing dress-up with costume pieces on the Playhouse stage. In the lobby, young attendees could color their own puppets and create their own stories inside the Playhouse puppet theater.

Students from the Suzuki Music School of Westport displayed their talents with amazing renditions of modern classics, such as Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin,'" mixed in with more traditional selections from the classical canon. Later in the day, Westport's own music duo Jay and Ray shared songs from their "Music for Everyone" collection and got kids and adults singing and dancing with a fun, interactive concert.

Guests enjoyed activities from several community partners, including complimentary chips and queso from Qdoba Mexican Eats, as well as and face painting by Animate My Face. Children could also explore a fire truck and learn fire prevention and safety from the Westport Fire Department.

See more pictures of the fun!

The Suzuki Music School of Westport's Teen Ensemble

Young students & teens from the Suzuki Music School of Westport

Having fun with the Westport fire truck

Smiles all around from Qdoba, one of our community partners

Jay & Ray play 'Music for Everyone'

Coloring a puppet

Getting colorful with Animate My Face

Photos by Kat Gloor & Peter Chenot

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