July 10--Children can learn speaking, movement and other performance skills, develop characters and storyline and make puppets in free theater workshops presented by Allentown Public Theatre beginning Saturday.
The workshops, 10-11:30 a.m. on four Saturdays, and also including July 19, 26 and Aug. 2, are built on the play "The Jungle Book," which Allentown Public Theatre will present in August.
The workshops are for ages 6-12 and will take place in St. Luke's Lutheran Church Community Room, 417 N. Seventh St.
They will be led by Allentown Public Theatre Youth Program Director Marcie Schlener and Artistic Director Joshua Neth.
Register by emailing APTyouth@allentownpublictheatre.com.
Allentown Public Theatre will present a modern adaptation of "The Jungle Book," written by Rudyard Kipling in 1894, Aug. 8-10 and 15-17. Show will be at 6 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
The play, which features an adult cast, will dramatize stories about the boy Mowgli, who is raised by wolves in a jungle in India. Children can participate as silly monkeys, helpful elephants, reptiles, bees, and other creatures. The show is directed by Schlener. It is free for children 12 and under and pay-as-you-will for adults.
Thomas Talks At Delaware River Railroad
The Really Useful Engine returns to Phillipsburg for "Day Out With Thomas," when the Delaware River Railroad hosts the character from books and the popular children's TV series "Thomas & Friends" Friday through Sunday and July 18-20.
New this year, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans. Boys and girls will be greeted by the No. 1 Engine when he pulls into the Delaware River Railroad station for "The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014."
After hearing Thomas speak, kids and their families can take a 25-minute ride behind a 15-ton replica of the engine. Rides are every hour, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
After the ride, kids can play games and participate in activities at the Thomas & Friends Imagination Station. They can also get temporary tattoos, do Thomas-related crafts, play with trains and Mega Bloks, watch Thomas videos and do spin art. They can also meet Sir Topham Hatt and get their picture taken with the controller of the railway.
The railroad also will have two huge inflatables -- a bouncy pumpkin and an obstacle course -- a petting zoo, ventriloquism by Scott Wagstaff, music by the Grand Master Band Organ and The Barefoot Jug Billy Band, and a model train layout from Nazareth Area Society of Model Engineers.
Families also can ride on Delaware River Railroad's steam locomotive 142 or take the train to the Ol' Susquehanna Mine to learn how to pan for gems and see a mine shaft explosion.
Thomas rides are $20; steam train rides cost an additional $7 for adults and $5 for children. Add the steam train and mine for $9 for children and $16 for adults. Advance reservations are suggested. Info: 877trainride.com or 1-877-train-ride.
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