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Children's workshops are back at Redlands Bowl with fun, music

June 15, 2014

By Kristina Hernandez, Redlands Daily Facts, Calif.



June 15--REDLANDS -- Several workshops are planned during the upcoming Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival to introduce the area youth to performing arts of a variety of media.

Planned for 3 to 3:45 p.m. Tuesdays at the Mission Gables Bowl House, 168 S. Eureka St., and 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturdays at Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave., July 8 through Aug. 9, workshops planned are suitable for youngsters ages 4 to 10.

The Kalama Brothers kick things off when they bring their Hawaiian harmonies and delightful humor to Mission Gables for an afternoon of fun and music on July 8. Frank Fetta will close things out with his popular Symphony For Kids workshop at the area community center on Aug. 9.

The workshops have become a welcome addition to the Bowl's summer season since the idea was launched years ago, especially because it exposes a new generation to the world of art, said Melodee Seccombe who hosts each workshop,

"It's like a box of chocolates. You try this one and then you try this one. And isn't that what being a kid is all about? We want to open the world to them and help them carry their lives on the way they choose," she said. "And they get to be up close and personal with the artists -- how fun is that?"

Many who are performing at planned workshops will take the Bowl stage. A few others are not, but are well-known around town for their contributions to the local arts, including Ana Gonzalez who will teach participating youth Spanish dancing and song on July 12 and Didi Pelev of the Stars of Tomorrow Children's Theatre who will teach the craft of acting on July 29.

"It's just so exciting to be at the feet of an actual performer and have that interaction," Seccombe said. "And there's no charge to the families to come."

All workshops are free of charge to participants, Seccombe added, which is an added bonus to families on a budget.

By hosting workshops in two areas around town, Seccombe and Co. are looking to expose different demographics to arts with fun, laughter and, of course, music.

"We have several youth music programs and some of them are to serve underserved youth and some are regular workshops anyone could attend," said Beverly Noerr, executive director of the Redlands Bowl. "We try to serve the community with performing arts from our smallest members to our mature members by reaching the whole spectrum and the same goes for our children's workshops."

But the fun doesn't stop there.

For those "young at heart," the Bowl's summer season will offer four events that all ages can explore and have fun with prior to performances scheduled that night.

For the first time, organizers will offer Salsa lessons with the Fox Dance Center on July 11, followed by 1960s-style social dances planned for scheduled "Hairspray" performances on July 31 and Aug. 1. Events are open to all ages and begin at 7:15 p.m.

A Bee Hive Hair Contest is set the night of Aug. 2. Registration will be held at 6 p.m. at the Mission Gables House next to the Bowl and participants will be judged at 8 p.m. on the main stage of the venue.

To learn more, visit redlandsbowl.org.

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