Wednesday, October 25th, the Wichita Children’s Theatre (WCT) presented two wonderful performances at the Logan School auditorium entertaining over 525 students, teachers, assistants, and other members of the public. Preschoolers through second grade attended the morning presentation. These kiddos got into the musical adaptation of The Ugly Duckling. Highlights of this performance were finding out that it is ok to be different and understanding how words can make others feel. Everyone enjoyed watching the “ugly” little duck search for his place and transform into a handsome swan.
Third through sixth graders adventured with Stanley Lambchop in the WCT’s musical Flat Stanley. Stanley Lambchop, an ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill, ten-year-old felt his life was too normal. He desired to travel the world, to do and see things he hadn’t done or seen before. This musical adaptation reminded us to be careful what you wish for! One night, Stanley’s bulletin board on the wall above his bed came loose and fell– right on top of him. The next morning, Stanley woke up flat… really, REALLY flat! In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley scoured the globe searching for a solution to his unusual problem. Stamped, posted and cancelled from Hollywood to Honolulu and beyond, Stanley closed in on his goal of once again being a three-dimensional boy. Based on the best-selling book series, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, this musical was filled with infectious songs and non-stop adventure—a perfect introduction to the magic of live theatre.
There is still time to register for the November 17th and 18th Basket Weaving classes with Marsha Jensen. A Manhattan native, Marsha is an experienced fiber artist specializing in utilizing native Flint Hill fibers in her basketry. Friday, the 17th participants will weave a bread basket and on Saturday, the 18th a market basket. Call 785-689-4846 for more information.
Please keep November 12th at 2:30 p.m. marked on your calendar to join pianist, Morris Engle, for I Love a Piano II in the Hansen Museum Community Room. Playing favorites from the 1930’s Big Band era, Morris will take listeners on a toe-tapping, finger-snapping musical journey.
Our next exhibit, Notorious, is a special exhibit from the Smoky Hill Museum (Salina, KS). This exhibit delves into Kansas’s rich history and colorful characters. Viewers will be invited to explore the meaning of the word notorious and decide for themselves whether it an aptly applies to the likes of John Brown, Bonnie and Clyde, the Bloody Benders and more. This fascinating exhibit officially opens on November 10th and remains on view through January 28, 2024.