ANANSI, BIG SPIDER ON THE PLAYGROUND

KENT, Wash. – July 6, 2005 – What do you get when you throw a trickster spider, a gullible elephant, and a melon onto the stage at West Fenwick Park? You get a lot of laughs! On July 21, Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre brings their newest play, “Anansi the Spider” to wow the young and young at heart. This West African and Caribbean folk tale comes to life as part of Kent’s “Thursday Playground Performances” at West Fenwick Park (3824 Reith Road) at Noon.

The production is composed of two hilarious tales that keep audiences rolling. Anansi may be a small spider, but he is witty and clever. Children will become more able to love and laugh at the little trickster who dwells within them as they quickly recognize themselves in Anansi. The puppets are larger than life and full of color, fun, and character. Two puppeteers speak and sing for Anansi, Snake, Turtle, Lion, Elephant, Warthog, and Ostrich with electric energy. Audiences may think that they are laughing at Anansi—but beware. It is quite possible that Anansi is the one who will have the last laugh.

“Thursday Playground Performances”, like all of Kent Parks’ summer concerts, are free to the public. For more information on the Summer Concert Series and other cultural events, please call (253) 856-5050 or visit www.ci.kent.wa.us/artsentertainment. The Summer Concert Series is presented by Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the Kent Arts Commission.

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