Whittier College News Release
For Immediate Release - November 16, 1998
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The Magic Beans present "A Magic Bean Holiday"
WHAT: A staged production of five international, holiday children's tales by The Magic Beans
WHEN: 12:30 p.m., Friday, December 11 and 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 12
WHERE: The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College
13406 Philadelphia St., Whittier
ADD: The Magic Beans--a theater group for young audiences at Whittier College--will present "A Magic Bean Holiday" for parents and children alike. All in attendance will be entertained and educated as the show brings to life the American tale "The Snowy Day," by Ezra Jack Keats; "Heart of Gold," from the Jattaka tales of India; "The Legend of the Poinsettia," from Mexico; "The Story of La Befana," an Italian legend; and "Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins," a Caldecott Award winning story based in the Jewish tradition. These five holiday stories from around the world will combine to make a truly multi-cultural winter holiday.
Directing "A Magic Bean Holiday" is Whittier College graduate Neil Switzer, the set and stage design are created by junior Matt Gorka and senior Christina Trepesowsky is the lighting director.
"We wanted to do a multi-cultural show this year instead of a traditional holiday presentation," said Whittier student Stephanie Trosen, artistic and student director of The Magic Beans. "We [The Magic Beans] piled a bunch of books in front of us and picked some great holiday stories from them to put this show together. Many may not be familiar with the chosen stories, so the show should be a new and exciting experience for everyone."
Along with The Magic Beans' theatrical presentation, they will also incorporate music from the different cultures represented, and a few puppets to set up the stories as well as to discuss the various cultural aspects of the stories themselves.
INFORMATION: (562) 907-4203