The Grand Kids Festival
2017 FESTIVAL ENTERTAINMENT

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE presents ALADDIN

Don’t miss our local stars in Missoula Children’s Theatre’s presentation of Aladdin!  Students performing in this show auditioned on Monday, rehearse all week and then present two shows at The Grand Kids Festival. Conceived and written by Michael McGill with music and lyrics by Michael McGill.
For Aladdin it’s not easy to find a magic lamp but it’s even harder to get a date! It’s a swirling sandstorm of famous Arabian Tales from Ali Baba to Scheherazade, and even Sinbad the Sailor, as Aladdin journeys to find a magic lamp in a Cave of (not-so-great) Wonders. Along his way Aladdin seeks answers and advice from wise Genies, a powerful Sultan, and his own Mother to find a way to meet the Princess. However, even with the lamp in hand, Aladdin will have to learn that it takes more than a wish to make a good impression. Full of memorable characters, from lost Penguins to talking Palm Trees, this is an adventure worthy of 1001 laughs.
Stage C (inside The Grand) at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.


 
BITS N PIECES PUPPET THEATRE presents Alice in Wonderland. The Grand will be filled with shrieks of delight as these nine-foot-tall giant puppets work alongside live actor Holli Ruben to present this fun musical adaption. Stage C (inside The Grand) at 3 p.m. www.puppetworld.com
 
JOHNETTE DOWNING – Award-winning, internationally recognized singer, songwriter and author, Johnette Downing has been dubbed "a true Louisiana experience" and "the Pied Piper for Louisiana music traditions." Downing entertains audiences of all ages with her "gumbo" of Cajun, Creole, Zydeco and jazz influenced songs and stories. Stage B at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  www.johnettedowning.com
DRU WOODS - An acclaimed member of Young Audiences of Southeast Texas, Young Audiences of Northeast Texas and Texas Commission on the Arts, Dru Woods enchants her audiences with eccentric and captivating stories.  Music and puppetry bring a magical experience to the listener as she weaves tales around favorite characters from around the world. Storytelling Tent 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more information visit www.storytellerdruwoods.com

 

NEW WORLD SYNERGY - Dan Egger-Belandria represents a new-generation of drumming artist with his Afro- Latino musical expression. Although born the U.S., his family heritage and childhood are tied to Venezuela where his spark for tropical music and percussion began. Visitors to the Festival will experience a high-energy multicultural presentation that infuses explosive drumming with a meaningful lecture and group participation. Using percussion instruments from throughout the world, musician Dan Egger-Belandria demonstrates how Western culture evolved through drumming and dance traditions. From Africa to the Caribbean; South, Central and North America, World Rhythm Synergy is a musical journey that families can envision while learning history. They will have an opportunity to explore various African, Afro-Cuban, and Caribbean rhythms and folklore that help explain the connection between African-American history and Hispanic heritage. Come enjoy the fun!  Stage B at 3 p.m. and in Booth 18.


DAVID FOSTER – CARICATURE ARTIST David Foster uses pencils, pen and ink or color to fascinatingly portray people in caricatures that are just as life-like as they are fun. Located in front of Eibands at 22nd & Postoffice, see map www.topdrawart.com

 

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GATOR COUNTRY
The Grand Kids Festival is thrilled to have our neighbors from Beaumont at Gator Country come for a visit. Gary Saurage, the founder of Gator Country, opened his doors to the public to come out and see live-captured nuisance alligators and other reptiles. Gary and his team are known for rescuing nuisance alligators from people’s backyards, ponds, swimming pools, as well as gators stranded after severe weather like hurricanes and floods, our team of experts round them up, willing or not, and bring them to safety at Gator Country, a 15-acre preserve for alligators, crocodiles and snakes in Beaumont, Texas. Come learn everything you need to know about the critters in your own back yard!  Storytelling Tent 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

CIRCUS PHOENIX
Circus Phoenix will perform for the first time at The Grand Kids Festival. In the tradition of Cirque – these acrobatic aerialists will amaze you. Their flexibility and strength are jaw dropping. The show is a mix of circus arts and street performance.  Stage D at Noon and 3:30 p.m.


ALL STARS YOUTH BANJO BAND
Picture a band of 60+ young folks aged 6-18 playing tenor banjos, ukuleles,guitars, drums and bass performing a wide variety of music from oldie-goldies, and gospel tunes to smooth flowing waltzes and pops. This is the All Star Banjo Band, home based in Sagemont Church in Houston, TX, and lead by Buddy Griffin. The Grand welcomes their return to The Grand Kids Festival!  Stage A at Noon.


SCIENCE OF SPIN – VALERIE OLIVER
This year we are pleased to have Valerie Oliver join us at the Festival. Demonstrating the spinning arts of Yo-Yos, Spin Tops and Diabolos! Valerie Oliver is a national and world yo-yo record holder .This is a fun, interactive and educational show, as she teaches the tips on getting started yo-yoing, as well as sneaking in a few science concepts about spin!  Storytelling Tent at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.


TOM’S FUN BAND
An energetic trio that comes to us from Angleton Texas. Tom's Fun Band is a fun and interactive musical group who provides entertainment for children ages 2 - 8.  This group consists of acoustic guitar, ukulele, bass and drums and features the original songs of group founder, Tom Wilbeck.  Be ready to clap you hand and move your feet. www.tomsfunband.com   Stage A at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.



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UNITED FREESTYLE STUNT TEAM - If you are looking for huge back-flips, tail-whips, 360s, mega spins and other jaw dropping, heart stopping stunts, look no further than the United Freestyle Stunt Team performing at The Grand Kids Festival! They offer some of the best riders in BMX freestyle and flatland as well as skateboarding. Stage D at  11 a.m.,  1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. www.Unitedfreestyle.com


MARSHA’S PETTING ZOO & PONY RIDES - Walk and talk with the animals as you visit Marsha’s Petting Zoo.  Entrance to the petting zoo is free as are the pony rides; a nominal fee is charged for feed cups if you wish to feed the animals.  20th and Postoffice St., see map.
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MAGIC TWISTS BALLOON ARTIST - Cody Tackett returns to The Grand Kids Festival with his unique and memorable balloon twisting talents. Cody’s balloon creations are a free activity at the Festival. At Stage B. www.twistainment.com

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MARGARET CLAUDER – aka BOOKWORM.  Without saying a word, Margaret Clauder as THE Bookworm, has her audience captivated. THE Bookworm closes her book and says, "And they lived happily ever after." THE Bookworm looks up from her book and notices the audience for the very first time. "Oh, I didn't see you come in," she exclaims as the children laugh and giggle. Once again Margaret has the full attention of her audience with hardly a word; and the show has begun! A Texas Commission on the Arts artist. Storytelling Tent at Noon and 4:30 p.m.  www.mcpshows.com


THE H-TOWN HUSTLE HOOPERS – H-Town Hoopers Madison McBurney and Amy Neel get things shaking with awesome hula hoop choreography. How many hoops can they twirl? Come watch their amazing swirling, twirling fun! Storytelling Tent 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.  www.hustletownhoopers.com


 

TONI SIMMONS - Professional storyteller Toni Simmons brings stories to life with the use of rhythms, songs, and audience participation, which places you in the story.  Her work appeals to audiences of all ages, and includes a wide variety of literature from different cultures.  A Texas Commission on the Arts artist. Storytelling Tent at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Visit her website at www.tonisimmons.com


SMART FAMILY LITERACY
An organization dedicated to the education of young children and their families through innovative and interactive activities featuring science, technology, math, art and reading presents a reading and planting of “Jack in the Beanstalk”.  Storytelling Tent at 4 p.m.


STORYTIME WITH ROSENBERG LIBRARY
Join the staff of the children’s department at Rosenberg Library for “Souper Fun” storytime! A skit, puppet show, flannelboard story and storytelling of the famed “Stone Soup” story.  Storytelling Tent at 11 a.m.


STUDENT PERFORMANCE GROUPS
The Grand Kids Festival is proud to offer student performance groups the opportunity to shine on stage! Representing hundreds of students, a variety of performance styles are presented on stages. Featured student performers will include: Ambassadors Preparatory Academy (APA) Fine Arts Ambassadors, Galveston’s Austin Middle School Band, Galveston’s Austin Middle School Choir, Bay Area Conservatory, Broadway Kids from Purple Box Theatre, Carillo Elementary Guitars, Diva Stars Dance Company, Fanfare! Lutheran Music Academy, Galveston Ballet, Galveston Community Band, League City Performing Arts, Odyssey Ballet Club, Odyssey Rockets Cheerleaders, Pasadena’s Morris Middle School Choir, Oppe Elementary Choir, Oppe Hispanic Folkloric Dance, Parker Elites, Premiere Dance Academy, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Scott Collegiate Academy Advanced Band and the Star Way Dance Academy.


Highlighted in the Artisan’s Tent this year:

PRINTMAKING WITH DANNY RUSSO
Children who enjoyed learning this art technique at last year’s festival can look forward to another opportunity to try their hand at screen printing.

ISLAND QUILT GUILD
Galveston Island has been home to the Island Quilters Guild since 1991. During those years, members have been sharing ideas, skills, quilt blocks and lots and lots of friendly quilting energy. Island Quilt Guild is a Grand Kids Festival favorite, offering people of every age the opportunity to try their hand with a needle and thread.

ART OF LETTER WRITING

Celia Padnos creates a path to rediscovering the lost art of letter writing. Explore the stationary making station with lots of stickers and stamps.

KITE MAKER WITH KATHY NIXIE
Kathy has found and followed her bliss throughout her life, retaining her youthful passion for kites, sewing, crafting, puppets and reading! She developed a small paper kite that she uses to teach students to understand the joy, science and art of kite making.


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MEMORY TURNERS – MIKE STALL & FOG TANNER
Wood-turners Mike Stall and Fog Tanner have been staples in The Grand Kids Festival Artisan’s Tent for many years. Children are delighted to watch the magical transformation as the rough wood spins on the lathe and becomes a smooth toy, bowl or other artwork.


FROM THE HEART GALLERY
Create your own mosaic masterpiece with a unique blend of all types of artistic creations representing the finest of Galveston artisans.


CERAMICS – WORKING WITH CLAY
Ball High School’s ceramic students graciously volunteer their time each year to share their love of molding and shaping clay with students of the younger set.  Visitors to this booth in the Artisan’s Tent can shape their own one-of-a-kind creation, and take it home, too!


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