Children get patriotic for musical presentation
Fourth of July celebrations don't always have to include fireworks.
Baldwin City Theatre, the CLEAR Foundation and a group of 18 children are presenting "Our Country Tis of Thee," a patriotic musical presentation, this week.
"We thought it kind of fit what's going on in the world," Susan Pouliot, the show's producer, said. "That's why we chose a patriotic theme."
Pouliot said the production, which is directed by Connie Richardson, is being presented by a group of children ages 6 to 15 years old.
The children's show was chosen when "West Side Story," which has no children's parts, was originally picked as the summer musical.
When "West Side Story" was no longer an option for the summer production, Baldwin City Theatre decided to go ahead with "Our Country Tis of Thee" to see if it would be a success.
The show is based on the history of America and uses songs and dances to illustrate several periods in American history, Pouliot said, including the 13 colonies, the Revolutionary War and the Great Depression.
She said she encouraged people to see Baldwin's first-ever children's production.
"The kids have been amazing. They have worked really hard," she said. "They dance and they sing and they do it all. It's turned out to be a great show."
"Our Country Tis of Thee," which lasts about 90 minutes, runs at 3 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Baldwin Junior High School auditorium.
Tickets for Thursday's show, which is family day, are $10 per family or $3 for a single admission. Tickets for Friday and Saturday's show are $5 for adults and $3 for children younger than 10 years old. They can be purchased at the Baldwin State Bank or at the door a half an hour before show time.
Pouliot said the production is a good way for people to celebrate the Fourth of July.
"It tells them how much they really love our country," she said. "That's the point of our program to show our gratitude."