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Kids kick off Festival of the Arts


by: STAFF FILE PHOTO - The Kids Get Creative Kickoff of the Festival of the Arts will be held tomorrow at George Rogers Park. Lots of fun is planned for kids of all ages.

The Review, Tidings

For one day only, the lower park at George Rogers Park turns into a place for children’s creativity to come out and play. The Kids Get Creative Kickoff at the Park — a free family-friendly event for all — takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Friday.

Visitors, young and young at heart, are encouraged to don wings, fairy-tale finery or any imagination-inspired attire for a costume parade and contest to take place at 2:45 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the most creatively clad youngsters.

Missoula Children’s Theatre returns with an original adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” More than 60 Lake Oswego children will act and sing in this classic story.

The story begins with Alice and her older sister Margaret reading together. Margaret becomes frustrated, as Alice is curious about absolutely everything. Suddenly, a White Rabbit appears from nowhere and Alice follows the rabbit to a strange and wonderful place.

In the course of her adventures, Alice meets the King and Queen of Hearts, the Knave and the rest of the suit of cards, a giant Caterpillar, Frog, the Cheshire Cat, the Gryphon, the Mock Turtle, the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, the Dormouse and the rest of the favorite characters in this nonsensical tale.

Two performances cap a week’s worth of rehearsals for students in grades one through 12. The first performance at 4 p.m. Friday, is free. There is a $5 admission to the second performance at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Other events planned for Friday in the lower park at George Rogers include:

Noon: White Noise Youth Band

Noon to 4 p.m.: face painting, craft booths and Radio Disney

1 p.m.: BJ the Clown

2 p.m.: Academy of Ballet and Dance Arts

2:45 p.m.: costume parade and contest

3 p.m.: Johnny and Jason

4 p.m.: “Alice in Wonderland” on the Mainstage at George Rogers Park

From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday children are welcome to create and play with clay with Lakeridge High ceramics teacher Mike Helle or work with watercolors and oil pastels with Jamie Charlton and high school art students. The hands on art events take place adjacent to the KeyBank Pavilion tent next to Lakewood Center for the Arts.

Lakewood Center for the Arts is located at 368 S. State St. in Lake Oswego and George Rogers Park is located one block south on State Street from the center between Ladd and Green streets.