Every July and August The Colonial’s Summer Children’s Series provides a weekly dose of music, mayhem, magic and more and is anchored on alternate weeks by The Weathervane Theatre’s Patchwork Players. Come enjoy the fun!
Wednesdays at 11 am. All tickets $6 at the door. Group discounts available, please call for information.
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Friday, Oct. 28 at 6 PM
Tickets: Adults $10, Little Monsters 12 & under FREE. Costumes are encouraged.
Festivities begin promptly at 6 PM with the Blood Curdling Scream Contest, the Parade of Princesses & Ghouls, free popcorn, candy and prizes and lots of fun!
Before heading over to the Colonial, join in on the Jack-O- Lantern fun for Main Street Bethlehem’s 4th Annual Pumpkin Stroll. Drop off your carved pumpkins anywhere along Main Street by 5 PM for viewing.
The One-Man Circus In-A-Suitcase gives everyone an opportunity to participate in an enthralling, whimsical celebration of the imagination. This show has been performed over 500 times around the globe, for family theater audiences and school assemblies alike. From Kevin O’Keefe’s suitcase an entire circus emerges: tent, band, lights, the boisterous ringmaster Steve Fitzpatrick, the officious Mervin Merkle, the incredible Bumbilini Family, the Magician to the Stars Clyde Zerbini, and Keefer—an innocent trying to runaway and join the circus. However, the most important performers emerge from the audience. Each performance becomes a dialogue between the characters and the audience–a light-hearted collaboration.
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Music by Victor Herbert, Lyrics by Glenn MacDonough, Libretto, Additional songs and lyrics by Jacques Stewart
Fast-paced musical comedy based on the beloved operetta and a delightful tale follows Alan and Jane, two children in turn-of-the-century Dublin who fly with the fairies to far-off Mother Goose Village. They find adventure in a magic land of make believe inhabited by favorite storybook characters and told in vaudevillian style song and dance.
“Sandglass Theater’s Punschi, performed by Shoshana Bass and Jana Zeller, is a delightful and compelling puppet show performed with great zest, skill, and humor by two eminently talented puppeteers. Jana Zeller’s performance of Kasper and the Cow is a masterful and whimsical re-interpretation of the traditional German puppet character as a comic hero whose efforts to go off on a trip with his red suitcase are flustered by a comic cow, and aided by a friendly giant. Shoshana Bass’s Fritzi’s Flea Circus is an astounding spectacle of miniature proportions following its tiny hero through an adventurous day of performing incredible circus feats by means of brilliant theatrical tricks. These shows enthralled our audience of children and adults.” —Dr. John Bell, Director, Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
Shoshana and Jana are sisters who grew up within an international touring puppet company. Jana and Shoshana both have their own companies and make their own work, as well as perform some of Sandglass’s cherished repertoire. Together Shoshana and Jana’s work has been presented all around the US, Canada, Mexico, Poland, the Virgin Islands, and Germany.
July 20 Patchwork Players: PIRATES OF THE SILLY SEAS
Book, music and lyrics by Jacques Stewart
What happens when a bunch of misfits in sight-seeing balloon are blown off course by a South Sea Squall? You’ll find out in the hilarious and action-packed kids musical PIRATES OF THE SILLY SEAS. Five hapless tourists –- and their pal Scuppers the wonder dog – crash-land on a not-so-deserted island encountering all sorts of adventures. Song, dance, audience participation and comic mayhem suitable for all ages.
Magic is mysterious, amazing, and fun. Magic is the art of producing wonderful results in strange and exciting ways. It energizes and challenges our thinking skills and brings people of all ages together. Magic is a performing art that goes back to the time of the Pharaohs. Sally is a second generation magician who, in keeping with the family tradition, has past her skills onto her son.
Aug. 3 Patchwork Players: ROBIN HOOD
Book, music and lyrics by Jacques Stewart
This is the classic story of social justice and outrageous cunning retold in a brand-new hip hop musical by Join the characters in Sherwood Forest: robin Hood and his merry band, Little John, Friar Tuck, and Lady Marion – not to mention Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham… An original pop-rock version is from Jacques Stewart who brought recent crowd-pleasing shows like Around the World in 80 Days and The Adventures of Don Quixote!
World-renowned jugglers and comedians, Jason Tardy (of the Tardy Brothers) and Steve Corning (of Double Or Nothing) have performed all across the US and beyond, with highlights including Disney Cruise Lines, the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, and the White House. Now they are combining their talents to create Off The Wall, a brand new variety show of ultimate proportions. Featuring fast paced juggling routines, off-the-cuff comedy, escape wizardry, dangerous props, and insane stunts, this show is non-stop entertainment for the entire family.
Aug. 17 Patchwork Players: CRACKED UP FAIRY TALES
Once upon a time there were tales of olden days handed down through the centuries. Flash forward!! Today, we rethink these “classic” stories so they reflect our modern times and come alive for the next generation of kids… Expect comical mini-musical takes on the tales of Little Red Riding Hood, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Three Little Pigs, Rumpelstiltskin and more.