YONKERS, N.Y. -- What do the Hudson River, an eel, a coyote and a boy named Marquis all have in common? They are all characters in the production of "How to Hug a Tree," one of four performances at Sarah Lawrence College’s Center for the Urban River in Yonkers during April.
The performances are part of the college’s “Hudson River Through the Arts” series financed by a grant from National Endowment for the Arts in an effort to bring theater to under-served populations.
“We are very excited about presenting this production featuring original songs written by the ensemble to the community and opening up this wonderful world to children who otherwise might not have access to theatre,’’ said Allen Lang, co-director of the Theatre Outreach program.
The following events are part of the series:
- Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m. – Jerry Craft – "The Artist and Storyteller" – Craft, a recognized cartoonist and children’s book illustrator, will help participants create their own Hudson River characters.
- Saturday, April 9, 2 p.m. - "Art of Music" – Kim and Reggie Harris, Music of the Hudson River – A concert of songs, stories and narratives about Hudson River, slavery and the quest for freedom.
- Saturday, April 23, 2 p.m. -"How to Hug a Tree," will be presented by the college’s Theatre Outreach program. The musical is directed by award-winning playwright, director and painter Shirley Kaplan, founder of the college’s Theatre Outreach program. It aims to teach children about the importance of the environment and values like loyalty, bravery and ethics.
- Saturday, April 30, 2 p.m. - "Music and Dance Along the Hudson River" - is an original improvisational piece created by SLC faculty Kathy Westwater and John Yannelli and performed by SLC students. An interactive workshop with children and families will be held before the performance.
All performances are free and open to the public. The Center for the Urban River is at 35 Alexander St. in Yonkers. For more information, call 914-395-2412.
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