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Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite by Anna Harwell Celenza — Book Recommendation

Title: Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite Author: Anna Harwell Celenza Illustrator: Don Tate Publisher: Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2011 Genre: Picture book, fictionalized true story Audience Age: 6 to 12 Themes/Topics: jazz, classical music, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite Opening Sentences: In 1960 Las Vegas was the land of opportunity—a new frontier in the world of entertainment. All the stars…

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What’s On — Traditional (and not so traditional) Pantomimes in England

Last year, I posted about the tradition of the holiday season pantomime in Britain. This year, I thought it would be fun to see “what’s on” in Britain on the pantomime stage. I had hoped to find some pantos performed by kids, but wasn’t able to do so. The productions I’m featuring are definitely kid-friendly,…

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How to Act Like a Kid by Henry Hodges & Margaret Engel — Book Recommendation

Title: How to Act Like a Kid: backstage secrets of a young performer Author: Henry Hodges & Margaret Engel Publisher: New York: Disney Editions, 2013 Genre: Autobiography for kids Audience Age: 10 to 18 Themes/topics: Acting advice for kids, autobiography of a young actor, working in Broadway productions Opening Sentences: I stood in New York’s…

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What’s On in Children’s Theatre in November

It’s the last Wednesday of the month, and Lady and Sir, the Starborn Revue theatre cats, have been prowling around, when I thought they were backstage here at the Revue, to find some great children’s theatres that have productions happening in November. One of the people who commented on last month’s post said it well…

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The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson — Book Recommendation

On Sunday, I happened to hear a fabulous radio documentary on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) about the picture book The Man with the Violin by Canadian author Kathy Stinson, about a social experiment violinist Joshua Bell was involved in a few years ago. I was so delighted and moved by the documentary – and by…