Fans, from pre-school to senior citizens, flock to each The Puppet People’s three shows at previous festivals. This touring company hand crafts all the puppets, scenery and scripts. “Will the Puppet People be back?” is a common question we hear. The answer for this June 3? Yes, of course! MVP Health Care is the performance sponsor for all three shows.
New to Kids Arts Festival this June is the Dance Me studio. Learn the difference between an arabesque and a soubresaut and all the positions in between. Dancing is perhaps the most heART healthy activity we can all do. Don’t miss the competition dancers at their 2:15 p.m. show.
Mike Purcell is a mainstay at our festival. Shown at left he gets the Jay Street joint jumpin’ every year with tunes and dancing. This year on June 3 he’s got a schedule to keep! At 1:30, get ready to learn some new moves and steps and show some soul for your next party from two dancers from Howard Rivers & Company Dance. Then about 2 p.m. Mike will take on Rob Aronstein in a duel of the pianos. At 3:30 p.m. students from the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s CHIME program will take over the Jay Street stage, showcasing their talents. Numerous academic studies support the positive effect of music in schools. We know Mike makes everything more fun! Joan Gould is the performance sponsor for all of Mike’s activities.
Fantastic student musicians will truly hit a high note this year! Starting at noon the Oneida Middle School Jazz group, under the direction of Rob Aronstein, leads a parade along Jay Street. The student musicians will then entertain the crowd with a recital that showcases their hard work and the lessons they’ve learned all school year. This performance is sponsored by the new Courtyard Marriott.
New to our festival is the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s CHIME musicians. The Rotary Club of Schenectady sponsors this activity as well as their performance on Jay Street at 3:30 under the direction of John Connolly. The Daily Gazette recently featured this fabulous program. Come hear what the fuss is all about!
We are so fortunate that Ryder Cooley, shown here with Mike Purcell at our 2015 festival, is back! She brings her singing saw for a special solo performance this year.
In the beginning, you’re never sure whether you might end up with a balloon hat, balloon flower or a balloon animal, but you are guaranteed to also get a smile.
Rain or shine, this festival goes on! Rain location is inside City Hall.