Historical Museum day camps focus on children's theater

For immediate release July 6, 2006



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

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Museum is offering day camps this summer that lets children make puppets, write stories and perform in theatrical productions.

Following is information about the day camps and theater performances at the State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust Street in the heart of Des Moines’ Historic East Village:

Immigrant Stew at the Chat and Chew day camp workshop by the world renowned Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre of West Liberty, Iowa.
July 19, 2006
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ages 8-adult

Participants are welcome to join the class, learn about puppetry and be a character in a play about the customers at Kathy Schmidt McGillicutty’s Chat and Chew Café. The day camp workshop is $50 and the performances are July 20-21 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Immigrant Stew at the Chat and Chew performances
July 20-21, 2006
10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Each performance is open to the public. Admission is $5.

Based in Iowa and touring nationally and internationally, Eulenspiegel is known for original scripts, whimsical scenery and beautifully crafted puppets of all styles, including miniature marionettes, near life-size hand-and-rod puppets, shadow puppets and giant parade puppets. Some performances are available with live music by musician Ron Hillis; almost all include harmony singing, kazoo band, or sound effects.

Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre was founded in 1974 as a touring puppet troupe. Founding member Monica Leo was joined by Teri Jean Breitbach early in 1975, and the two have performed together since. Eulenspiegel has been active in the Iowa Arts Council’s Artist in the Schools and Communities Residency program since 1977. During the 1980s and early 1990s, the company was also active in Wyoming’s Artist in Education Program. From 1981 through 1991, the puppeteers toured with IAC’s Summer Touring Arts Team.

I Want to be Governor, by Child’s Play Touring Theater of Chicago, Illinois.
August 7-11, 2006
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ages 6-12

Children ages 6-12 are invited to learn about theater from Child’s Play Touring Theater of Chicago, Illinois, by writing songs, stories and poems about what they would do if they were governor. The weeklong day camp is $125. Students need to bring a sack lunch each day. A morning and afternoon snack will be provided. Students will be in I Want to be Governor performances at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. August 11, 2006.

I Want to be Governor performances
August 11, 2006
10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Each performance is open to the public. Admission is $5.

Based in Chicago, Child’s Play is the premier theatre company in the United States dedicated exclusively to performing works written by children. Combining the important, imaginative writings of children with the craftsmanship of professional theater artists and educators, Child’s Play creates a unique stage where children’s voices can be heard, examined and treasured.

Nationally recognized, Child’s Play motivates elementary school students to read and write through developing and staging original plays based on children’s poems, stories and songs. Child’s Play’s goal is to help children understand the value and significance that writing and reading has on their lives. Performances and workshops offer a powerful teaching tool that strengthens and enhances the teaching and learning process.

Reservations for camp or theater productions can be made by calling 281-4132 or e-mailing Maureen.Korte@iowa.gov.

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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