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HOMELIFE

By Susan Galardi

Go LIVE with the Kids, at WHBPAC Shows Winter vacation is over, the kids are back in school, and spring seems eons away. No worries. There are plenty of great live events to enjoy in the Hamptons while the winds blow and snow falls. We’ve been taking our son to live performances pretty much since he was born. Did he remember schlepping into the city when he was not yet four to fight the crowds and lines to see Beauty and the Beast on Broadway? He says he does. But if not, no problem. “If he doesn’t remember it in his mind, he’ll remember it in his soul,” is our philosophy. As long as a child isn’t too disruptive and enjoys the experience (read: doesn’t cry when the lights go down or scream to leave), I say: take him! It’s never too soon to start exposing children to the joy of live theater. Having been a performer/playwright, I have great respect for anyone who manages to get a show produced, and any actor who gets another chance to step onto a stage. So I like to make going to a show a special event, which always starts with dressing up. Our son is no stranger to the bowtie, and is still at an age where he considers dressing in

fun show. If you’re lucky enough to be out here during the week, you might not know that the School Day Performances at WHBPAC are also open to the public. In other words, even if your child’s class doesn’t bus it to Westhampton, you can buy tickets and go. On Thursday, March 12, the classic children’s book

Stellaluna will be brought to life by actors, puppets, music and of course, bats, in two daytime performances. If you don’t know this incredible book by Janell Cannon, it’s basically a fish out of water tale that covers issues like fitting in, being true to who you are, and even peer pressure. But mostly, it’s simply one of the most beautiful mother/child tales of modern children’s literature. You can turn either of these events into great learning experiences by reading Stellaluna with your child, or challenging the kids to identify instruments as you listen to music in your car on your way to Dream Jam Band. Or, you can just enjoy peeking at your offspring, all spiffed up in their fancy clothes, in the rear view mirror. The Dream Jam Band: Saturday, March 7 at 1:00pm. Tickets are $25, $20, $15. Call (631) 2881500 or visit the box office or www.WHBPAC.org. Stellaluna: Thursday, March 12 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.00. Contact Cheryl Wheeler 631-288-2350 x102. Susan Galardi is the Managing Editor of Dan’s Papers. susang@danspapers.com

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