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Wild Swan offers ‘Under the African Sky’ for Black History Month February 22-25

PreviewYouth/Family February 01, 2018 Encore Staff

ANN ARBOR – Wild Swan Theater continues its 38th season with Under the African Sky in celebration of Black History Month. Performances will take place from February 22 through 25.

This delightful collection of African tales was created for children ages 3 through 9. These humorous tales, including, “Why the Sky is Far Away” and “The Talking Vegetables,” will be performed through storytelling, acting, and drumming. Outstanding drummer Jaclyn Morrow will perform traditional music on drums and belafon. Morrow has performed and studied West African drumming and dance with Like Water Drum and Dance and the Tree of Life Drum and Dance Society. As well as drumming in Under the African Sky, Morrow joins other ensemble cast members Sandy Ryder, Jeremy Salvatori, and Brian E. Buckner as a storyteller and actor.

This lively quartet plays a host of characters. Young children will delight in the talking vegetables who teach Anansi the Spider a lesson about hard work in “The Talking Vegetables” and the jungle animals who teach turtle about what makes a true friend in “Tug of Rope.” Another important lesson is learned in “Why the Sky is Far Away,” when the sky teaches the villagers about not wasting food.

American Sign Language interpretation is provided by Jennifer Poole.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for youth and seniors, with discounts available for groups of 10 or more; $3 lap passes available for patrons under 2 years of age. To purchase tickets and for more information, call (734) 995-0530 or visit www.wildswantheater.org.

Backstage touch tours and audio-description are available for blind theater patrons. These services are free but must be reserved in advance by calling (734) 995-0530.