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Kids On Stage returns to Starlight Bowl

July 07, 2001

Joyce Rudolph, Weekend

BURBANK -- Kids On Stage, the children's performing arts experience

sponsored by the Burbank parks department, is returning this week to the

Starlight Bowl in Burbank.

Rob Bowers of Burbank is artistic director and master of ceremonies

for the morning interactive workshop that continues for two weeks and is

aimed for children 4 to 12. This year's theme is "The Music, The Mask and

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The Magic."

Limpopo, a group that combines Russian folk music and American rock

'n' roll, is the featured attraction the first week, Bowers said.

The group has done music for film and TV, and comes dressed in

outrageously colored clothes, Bowers said. Group members use Russian

musical instruments, like the balalaika, which is shaped like a triangle

and played like a stand-up bass.

The second week, the star attraction is a physical theater company

called The Chameleons, made up of Keith Berger and Sharon Diskin.

"In their show, called "Adventures in Space," they become inanimate

objects and add marvelous sound effects," he said.

Berger and Diskin take youngsters on an imaginary trip through space

and the universe of their minds, Bowers said.

"It's very funny, and their performance skills are wild and

breathtaking. They really are a delight," he said.

Their act isn't dead silent like a mime, Bowers said. Instead, they

use narration and music, as well as action, to inspire youngsters to

explore their imagination.

In addition, during both weeks, Bowers has planned a workshop called

"Instaplay," which brings all the youngsters together to create their own

show. There is no script and each performance is different. Bowers and

his company combine music with balloons, banners and colorful costumes to

enhance the production. Helping Bowers with this segment are actress and

singer Lisa Dyson and percussionist and recording artist Ed Barguiarena

of Burbank.

"It's a chance for the kids to see great performers and experiment

with being performers themselves," Bowers said.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Kids On Stage, a performing arts experience for children ages 4

to 12.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and July 17, 18

and 19.

COST: $4, on sale from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at

Burbank City Hall Annex, 301 E. Olive Ave. Tickets are available at the

gate, but advance purchase is recommended as some days are already sold

out.

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