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PS21 Presents Five Free, Family-Friendly Performances

Magician Jim Snack
July 6, 2018 02:06 pm

CHATHAM — PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century presents a series of Friday afternoon performances especially for kids and their families. The live performances feature storytelling, dance, music, puppetry, and sleight of hand. All events will all be held at at PS21’s new state-of-the-art pavilion theater, located at 2980 Route 66 in Chatham, NY.

“The kids just love our Just For Fun programs,” said PS21 Administrative Director Susan Davies. “We believe strongly in the value of exposing children to the arts, and the kids have a really good time.”

The 2018 “Just For Fun” Program features:

Folklife Stories with Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre

Friday, July 13, 1 p.m.

This family-based international folklore theater, known for its percussion ensemble, uses traditional music, song, dance and stories to promote a message of humility, community, and harmony. Pamela Badila is a storyteller, artist, teacher and matriarch of the Badila clan. With her late husband Elombe, she co-founded the Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre, and several of her 10 children perform with the group.

Just for Fun: Magician Jim Snack

Friday, July 20, 1 p.m.

Jim Snack is back by popular demand to mystify and wow the Just for Fun family audience with his incredible and fun magic tricks. Kids in the audience get to participate as Jim brings them up on stage to pull a coin out of thin air or magically disentangle interconnected metal rings before their eyes.

Just for Fun: West African Dance and Drum Performance

Friday, July 27, 1 p.m.

Jamal Jackson Dance Company’s West African Dance and Drum Workshop presents a high energy exhilarating performance of the traditional dance of Mali, West Africa.

Just for Fun: Cardboard Explosion with Puppeteer Brad Shur

Friday, August 3, 1 p.m.

With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate characters, then brings them to life. Brad began performing in puppet shows as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design and went on to be Resident Artist at Puppet Showplace Theater. He hopes that families will leave the theater ready to transform their old cardboard boxes into something magical!

Just for Fun: Bill Shannon

Friday, August 10, 1 p.m.

Bill Shannon integrates skateboarding, physical comedy, and storytelling into this dance performance just for kids. He shares his own story, how he integrated crutches into creative movement and dance, to inspire young audiences to find their own personal moves.

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is a not-for-profit organization in Chatham, NY, dedicated to the performing arts and to serving a diverse community with concerts, programs and residencies by professional artists and ensembles, youth and children’s programming, and cultural education opportunities for all ages. For more information about our Just For Fun events, or for any other event, visit or call (518) 392-6121.

Just for Fun programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Stewart’s Holiday Match Fund, Hudson River Bank & Trust Company Foundation and PS21 members. Support for PS21 programs is also provided by Metz Wood Insurance, Ed Herrington, Inc. and Stockli Slevin, LLC.