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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release December 2, 2010

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

State Historical Museum presents “Hey, Aesop” this month

Holiday vacation show for children pre-kindergarten to age 13

(DES MOINES) – Mr. I.M.A. Cool Fox, Babette Sheep and Madame Toucan take center stage when “Hey, Aesop” comes to the State Historical Museum this month.

Produced by Allegro Children’s Theatre Productions, “Hey, Aesop” is a fun, interactive play geared for children pre-kindergarten to 13 years old. Performances are 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Dec. 27, 2010, at the State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. Tickets are $5 per person and are available at the door or by contacting Maureen Korte at maureen.korte@iowa.gov or 515-281-4132.

“We know parents are looking for fun and interesting things to do with their children during the holiday vacation and this play fits that bill perfectly,” said Cyndi Pederson, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. “I encourage everybody with an interest in children’s theater to come and enjoy this wonderful show.”

Written by Cynthia Mercati, “Hey, Aesop” follows the adventures of Aesop, the moderator of a game show called “The Fable Game.” Three contestants – Mr. I.M.A. Cool Fox, Babette Sheep, and Madame Toucan (all animals in “Aesop’s Fables”) vie to tell the best fable.

In telling their fables, the contestants enact several updated versions of “Aesop’s Fables,” including the Tortoise and the Hare as NASCAR drivers, and the City Mouse who takes the Country Mouse to Las Vegas. The winner is the audience, of course, who can go on to retell the fables they hear or make up fables of their own.

Children can also enjoy crafts and games, and make New Year’s Eve regalia in the Museum craft rooms before and after the shows.

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The State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Please visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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