STREET PERFORMERS RETURN TO THE OLD-TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL
The 24th annual Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival will be held June 1 and 2, 2018, in historic downtown West Plains, including in and around the West Plains Civic Center. The two-day annual event in downtown West Plains, Mo., celebrates Ozarks music and culture. Admission to all festival events is free. Festival hours are 3-9 p.m. Friday, and noon-9 p.m. Saturday.
Officials with the Fine Arts Academy at The Avenue Theatre in West Plains will again provide street performers at the Festival. Keep your eye out for these friends roaming through the campus. They will be performing an old Irish folk tale written into a short play, called The King of Erin and the Queen of Lonesome Island.
The Fine Arts Academy mission is to encourage young people to enjoy and participate in theater arts and teach them skills which will help develop their theater abilities, self-confidence and respect for themselves and others; to help young people see the many opportunities available to them; and to show how the world can be a better place through appreciation of the arts.
The Academy offers after-school programs, private tutoring, workshops, and evening classes in acting and technical aspects of theater. Public performances to showcase what has been learned is also presented. While young people, (through high school age) are the target audience, occasional workshops for adults may be offered.
“We are very pleased to once again be performing in conjunction with the festival,” said Erin Kimbrough, director. “Just as the festival celebrates our musical heritage, we will be celebrating our theatrical heritage by introducing street performances.”