It’s a tough decision. Should it be the Red Sky dance troupe performance or the poetry slam, the Canadiana Musical Theatre Co. or the robot dance class?
Families will have lots of decisions to make when they attend the first annual Langley Family Day Arts Festival on Feb. 11.
The Chief Sepass Theatre and Langley Fine Arts School in Fort Langley are activity central for the day of activities for children ages four to 12.
Part of the school’s Arts Matters lecture and performance series, Family Day features workshops and performances.
“It’s a come and go format,” explained spokesperson Bridie Robson.
Parents or guardians are expected to stay with their children as they participate in the various activities, and the day is chock full of activities.
Robson’s advice: wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty.
There will be the Art Walk, a gallery of works by students. People can enjoy workshops on topics such as pencil drawing, bracelet making, storytelling, mime, photography, balloon crafts, belly dance, music, painting mirrors, and toddler art.
As well the day features performances by Red Sky at 10 a.m., the Canadiana Musical Theatre Co. at 12:30 p.m., Project Soul at 3 p.m. and Dianna David at 4:30 p.m.
“Local schools, businesses, organizations, and families are coming together to create this very special day,” Robson said.
Tickets are available in advance and at the door. They start at $5 for a young child for a single performance or there are day and family passes.
Families choose workshops and performances when they register on Feb. 11 on site. People must register sometime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
“We are hoping for at least 300 attendees,” she said. “We are hoping that we can make this an annual event. We are very excited to be doing this for the first year and it fits in very well with our already established Arts Matters Series.”
This is the second year that the school has been art of Arts Matters, a program through Simon Fraser University that has resulted in renowned artists and experts in various fields providing instruction and assistance to the students. Often the programs and events are open to the public as well.
Several of LFAS students are participating in the Family Day Arts Festival by providing volunteer time, running shows, displaying art work and entertainment.
Red Sky tells stories through dance about the world’s indigenous cultures, mixing dance, theatre and music.
The Canadiana Musical Theatre Co. creates and performs theatrical musicals drawn from pivotal events in Canadian history. With zest, wit, farce, dance, and drama these musician/actors present key figures from history.
Vancouver-based Project Soul is a high-energy street dance crew specializing in hip hop dance, locking, popping and breakdance.
Dianna David may not say much as her character, Meena Myna the Mime Magician, but she can sure tell a story.
Advance tickets are online or at the Langley Fine Arts School office. For more information, call 604-888-3113 or go to www.lfasartsmatter.com.