Children's Arts Festival by ETC on January 11

PLYMOUTH — Children in grades kindergarten through six are invited to participate in the annual Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) Children's Arts Festival Saturday, January 11, at Plymouth State University.

This special event offers opportunities for children to learn different aspect of the arts—music, dance, theatre, visual and language arts—while experiencing the themes of the current production, Oliver!.

Oliver! is an exciting musical theatre adaptation of Charles Dickens' story of an abused orphan who runs away from the orphanage and ends up in London with a group of children trained to be pickpockets by an elderly criminal, Fagin. Injured in a robbery attempt, Oliver is tended in the home of the gentleman target of the robbery. After some more shenanigans by tawdry characters, Mr. Brownlow adopts Oliver, and they and the Maylies, one of whom is Oliver's aunt, retire to a blissful existence in the countryside.

Festival hours are 8:30 a.m. –2:30 p.m. at PSU's Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth. The day includes workshops, a behind-the-scenes look at the Oliver! set, and a special performance, You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two—the art of slight of hand with Jim Gleich.

Five fun-filled workshops include:

Food, Glorious Food—language arts with Karen McLoud

Oom-Pah-Pah—dance with Emily Mower

It's a Fine Life—music with Anthony Coppola

Where Is Love?—art with Denise Plante-Renaud

Reviewing the Situation—acting with Fran Page

Participants should bring a bag lunch; snacks will be provided.

The Children's Arts Festival registration fee is $35 per child. Please submit one registration form per child. Some scholarships are available.

Register in advance online at event_id=15740/ or call Amy Maki at (603)535-2615.

Contact Robb Dimmick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

And don't forget your tickets now for Oliver!. January 22–26 at Plymouth State University's Silver Center for the Arts Box Office, (603) 535–2787 or (800) 779–3869. Tickets are available online at Beginning January 2, Box Office Hours will be 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

ETC information is online at