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February 13, 2003

EXPLORE FOLKLORE AND DANCE AS VITERBO PRESENTS AFRICAN TALES OF EARTH AND SKY

LA CROSSE, Wis.--African Tales of Earth and Sky will be presented by the Dallas Children’s Theatre at Viterbo on Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre as part of the Art for Young America Series.

 Since the beginning of time, ancient peoples have created folklore and mythology to explain the forces of nature and to understand their place in the universe. Originating from the campfires of Ghana, African Tales of Earth and Sky is a magical blend of vibrant costumes, pulsating rhythms, storytelling, and dance.
 The audience will safari through the jungle with the mischievous and elusive Mmoatia, the Fairy-Men-Never-See, and learn answers to some of life’s most burning questions. Mmoatia loves to play tricks on human villagers. Fed up with her antics, they capture Mmoatia and, in return for her release, she promises to reveal the answers to their questions like, "Why do lightening and thunder live in the sky?" and "Why do mosquitoes buzz in human’s ears?" As in other traditional folk stories, the many animals in African Tales of Earth and Sky exhibit human characteristics, such as courage, friendship, and pride.

 The Dallas Children’s Theatre annually produces a professional season of 10 plays for family audiences with more than 450 performances touring nationally. DCT also provides classes, workshops, and residencies for students and teachers; a year-round curriculum of professional acting classes for children age 3 to 18; and extensive literacy promotion outreach.

African Tales of earth and Sky is sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin, Inc. and is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin.

 Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children under 12. For information contact the Viterbo University Box Office at 608-796-3100.

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