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Ensemble hosts Kids Theatre Series

Article Published: Jun. 30, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Ensemble Stage presents a new kids theater series starting this Saturday, July 2.

The show is a live theater production that lasts around an hour, offering kids a chance to get involved and interact with the other children around them and the story.

Gary Smith, Ensemble's artistic director, said, "These Saturday shows stimulate the imagination of each child and are very interactive. Kids will be asked to make sound effects and get involved with the show's storyline."

The opening show, "Critter Tales," stars a nationally renowned storyteller, Linda Spitzer. "Critter Tales" is suggested for people of all ages, and Spitzer promises a fun and entertaining time.

"I am using puppets, magic tricks, stories and audience interaction to involve the children and keep them active," Spitzer said.

The stories she incorporates and acts out come from all over the world. These tales from many different cultures promote character education and encourage imagination.

Smith expressed how important it is that kids stay active and use their imagination.

"We really want kids to be exposed to fun and enriching activities instead of just sitting in front of the television all summer," he said. "This is an inexpensive opportunity for children to have fun and explore their own creativity. Parents will feel comfortable that their money is well spent."

That's why the series began in the first place. "We had a lot of different parent organizations that asked if we could put together an inexpensive and interactive show for kids," Smith said.

Thus began this interactive summer theater series.

The Saturday Kids Theatre Series is encouraged for all ages, and every show will have different entertainment each week. The series is shown at Blowing Rock Auditorium, which is located on 160 Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock.

The series of shows will begin this Saturday, July 2, at 11 a.m. with "Critter Tales" and continue through September. Tickets cost $5 with cash or check at the door. For more information call, (828) 414-1844 or visit

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