KIWANIS FAMILY CLUBS SPONSOR SCHOOLS’ TRIP TO VELVETEEN RABBIT
BRADFORD, Pa. – The Kiwanis Club of Bradford and its affiliated clubs, the Bradford Aktion Club and Bradford Area High School Key Club, are sponsoring four school groups to see “The Velveteen Rabbit” Thursday at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Patty Colosimo, coordinator of arts programming at Pitt-Bradford, said that with school districts tightening budgets, Pitt-Bradford had thought of asking area service groups to help sponsor programs in its popular Kaleidoscope children’s matinee series.
Colosimo approached Kiwanis because of the club’s emphasis on children.
“We truly believe in taking care of all of the children in the community, and we believe the arts are a part of that,” said Shane Oschman, past-president of the club. Kiwanis then approached its sponsored club, the Aktion Club, which is for people of all abilities, and the Key Club. Both groups also liked the idea and, together, matched the initial donation by Kiwanis.
Colosimo said “The Velveteen Rabbit” was chosen because it is expected to be one of the most popular offerings of the Kaleidoscope series this year. For the same reason, the show, which features an original musical score, life-sized puppets, masks and magic, will also be offered in the evening. The 7 p.m. show in the Bromeley Family Theater is open to the public. Tickets are $8 for students and $9 for adults.
Members of the Kiwanis, Aktion and Key Clubs will assist regular Kaleidoscope volunteers during the matinee school performances. Colosimo said she hopes to be able to work with other service groups in the future to make Kaleidoscope more accessible to more children.
The schools chosen at random to attend the performance for free are CARE for Children, Johnsonburg Area School District, St. Bernard Elementary School and The Learning Center.
They will see the story of a plush rabbit, which yearns for the day that the boy who owns him will choose him as his special playmate so that he can become real. The show is designed for children in preschool through grade 4. For more information, visit enchantmenttheatre.org.
Tickets for the evening performance are available at the door or in advance at the Bromeley Theater Box Office at (814)362-5113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or email@example.com.