SPOTLIGHT ON THE CHILDREN’S SERIES
Our Wednesday night Children’s Series continues to be the best outdoor festival for the younger set! We proudly present today’s most acclaimed children’s performers and bands. The series features programs that are as smart and engaging as they are fun: kids dance and sing, parents also enjoy the entertainment!
All Wednesdays in the Series are FREE with the exception of Wednesday, July 25th when the Levitt Pavilion presents The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus in a special ticketed fundraising event, sponsored by The Westport Young Woman’s League; proceeds will benefit the Campaign for a new Levitt Pavilion. Details below.
We are exceedingly grateful for the generosity of our Children’s Series Sponsors: Melissa & Doug ®, The Westport Young Woman’s League, Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities, and the Westport Weston Family Y.
2012 Children’s Series: Wednesdays from June 27 – August 22 at 7PM (no show July 4)
Pavilion opens at 6PM for complimentary face-painting before free Children’s Shows!
Wednesday, June 27 @ 7pm : The Hall Family & Friends
The Hall Family Band – a.k.a. The Hallaballoos – is a season tradition! The Children’s Series kicks off with this extraordinary family returning for their 21th year at the Pavilion. Mary Ann, Bill, Emily and Daniel make “jump for joy” music and invite you to sing along and dance. The set list is infused with love and fun and boogying down by the river – and be sure to keep an eye out for special guest stars.
Sponsor: Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities
Wednesday, July 11 @ 7pm : The Magic of Lyn
NOTE: This performance will take place indoors at The Saugatuck School Auditorium (170 Riverside Avenue) due to technical requirements that cannot be fulfilled at our current temporary stage.
“Absolutely wonderful” – The Magic Castle, Hollywood / Merlin Award 2009 – Best Female Illusionist
It’s no sleight of hand, Lyn Dillies is one of the premiere illusionists in the U.S. today. She is sure to cast a spell on you! Deemed America’s Premiere Female Illusionist by the Society of American Magicians and regarded as a pioneer in her field, Lyn ignites each show with her stunning array of astounding illusions, laced with suspense and excitement. She has developed the perfect show – maintaining all the Vegas glitz while being family friendly. Absolutely spellbinding!
Sponsor: Westport Young Women’s League
Wednesday, July 18 @ 7pm : RECESS MONKEY
"The clever trio kick it space-age style on a boppy set with songs that future astronauts will find irresistibly fun." -People Magazine
This acclaimed Seattle trio features an outlandishly fun recipe of high-energy pop and rock and roll, evoking the Beatles at their most playful. Special Opening Act: Sneak Peek of Staples Players “Willy Wonka” – the Musical!
Sponsor: The Westport Weston Family Y
Wednesday, July 25 :: TICKETED EVENT :: THE BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS
5pm: CIRKUS TRAINING CAMP :: 7pm: CIRKUS SHOW
The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus travels the world bringing its unique hybrid of variety arts - Circus, Vaudeville, Wild West, and Sideshow to audiences across America! Established in 1995, The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus spells circus with a "k" for a reason: it pays tribute to the rich heritage of European one-ring spectacle and weaves the threads of American popular entertainments into a rich tapestry and a new tradition. It's not your Grandpa's circus! This highly anticipated event imports contortionist and aerialist Miss Ekatarina and musical genius Sxip Shirey to Westport as part of the Bindlestiff cast!
The Pre-Show Bindlestiff Cirkus Training Camp for kids safely teaches them circus tricks and secrets like juggling, low-wire, plate-spinning and hula-hoop! The training camp and other circus fun (face-painting! upcycling!) takes place from 5pm to 7pm and there will be demonstrations by professional circus artists.
At 7pm, as the sun is going down, the lights on stage come up to reveal acrobatics and fantastic feats and eye-popping fun for the whole family! Sit back and be entertained by one of the most dynamic and creative circus troupes in the country!
SHOW-ONLY TICKETS FROM $15, PRE-SHOW CIRKUS TRAINING CAMP + SHOW FROM $25
FAMILY PACKAGES AVAILABLE!
ON SALE HERE: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9700961 or by calling 866-811-4111
Sponsor: Westport Young Woman’s League
Wednesday, August 1 @ 7pm : PBS KIDS’ MR. STEVE
“Warm, gentle humor and well-crafted quirky wordplay run through Steve’s creative songs and stories” – The Los Angeles Times
Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs has been writing and performing his award-winning music for kids and families for the past eleven years. Steve blends participatory songs, clever stories and great melodies to create what the Boston Globe called "not just a musical journey but an entertaining, interactive and educational one." A rising star on the national kids' music scene, Steve has delighted audiences throughout the country, including at prestigious venues like Symphony Space in New York City, Wolftrap in Vienna VA, the Kennedy Center and the White House in Washington, D.C., and Fenway Park in Boston. In May 2008, Steve took on the exciting new role of "Mr. Steve," cohost of the PBS KIDS preschool destination that features the popular shows Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Dragon Tales, and Super Why. Steve performs original interactive songs that reinforce the day’s curriculum theme. Steve recently released Music Time with SteveSongs – Volume One and Music Time with SteveSongs – Volume Two, which showcase beloved PBS tunes so frequently asked for by fans.
Sponsor: Melissa & Doug ®
Wednesday, August 8 @ 7pm : BRADY RYMER & THE LITTLE BAND THAT COULD
“Although he tries to keep things sweet and engaging for the kids, his music has a rock ‘n’ roll heart.” – The New York Times
Brady Rymer is the man-of-the-moment for the preschool set.” – New York Magazine
Grammy Award nominee Brady Rymer was a founding member of the RCA roots/rock band From Good Homes, touring and recording with them for 13 years – and sharing the stage with the likes of Bob Dylan and Dave Matthews – before parenthood brought him off the road and into the world of children’s music. Since 2000, when Brady released his first kids’ CD, Good Morning, Gus, he has risen steadily in the ranks of children’s performing artists, accumulating honors from Parents’ Choice, National Parenting Publications Association, Publishers Weekly, Dr. Toy, and iParenting Media for his CDs, Look at My Belly, I Found It! and Every Day Is A Birthday. The New York Times proclaimed, “In the space of four CDs, Mr. Rymer has carved a niche for himself as a jam-band musician for the short-pants set.” Brady has been called “The John Hiatt of children’s music.” Brady performs for families throughout the country with his Little Band That Could as a trio or in a full band format, rocking out with good-times musical celebrations filled with a powerful love and respect for children. In fact, children’s music authority Stefan Shepherd, heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, has called Brady Rymer’s Little Band That Could, “what might just be the best-sounding band in children’s music.”
Sponsor: Melissa & Doug ®
Wednesday, August 15 @ 7pm : Bari Koral Family Rock Band
The IT Girl in kids/family music – New York Magazine
“Sheryl Crow for kids” – New York Post
Bari’s songs are a huge hit with children and adults. Her catchy, pop friendly tunes, interactive live shows & top 10 songs on Sirius XM Kids Place Live have gained her and her band many thousands of young (and not so young!) fans. Their latest album Rock and Roll Garden won the Nappa Gold and Parents’ Choice Award and was picked as top 10 kids album of the year by Time Out Kids. Bari & her career were also featured in the New York Times. Bari’s acclaimed new album Anna and the Cupcakes will be released on Valentine’s Day, 2012. Also a children’s yoga and music and movement specialist, Bari is also known for writing great music & movement songs for children.
Sponsor: Melissa & Doug ®
Wednesday, August 22 @ 7pm : DEBBIE AND FRIENDS
2011 GRAMMY AWARD WINNER BEST CHILDREN’S ALBUM
2010 Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick Award
Children’s entertainer Debbie Cavalier of Debbie and Friends uses original songs to tell stories that children know and love. With the recent release of her debut CD, Story Songs and Sing Alongs, Debbie has made a splash in the children and family music world. Debbie has been making music with kids for over 20 years. She has worked with some of the world’s greatest icons in children’s music entertainment and education throughout her music publishing tenure. These pillars of children’s music include Shari Lewis, Buffalo Bob Smith of Howdy Doody, and Sesame Street-famed music teacher, Bob McGrath. Their influence on her songwriting and her creative approach to sharing music with children is evident. A live Debbie and Friends show is a trip for the entire family—a joyful jaunt through a variety of styles, from straight-ahead pop, to country, to rock, to reggae, all delivered by a band of musicians who are clearly there because they love it. http://www.debbieandfriends.net
Sponsor: Melissa & Doug ®
TIPS FOR SUMMER LIVING AT THE PAVILION
LAWN SEATING: Bring blanket and /or lawn chairs (applies to all free events and Bindlestiff Family Cirkus)
FOR FREE EVENTS: The park opens for pre-show picnicking approximately 60 minutes before showtime. There is also an on-site concession with snacks and ice cream. If you are bringing refreshments, plastic is preferred since this is a barefoot-in-the-grass zone.
FOR TICKETED BENEFIT EVENTS: Food and refreshments are sold on-site at the Pavilion. There will be refreshment concessions at the Circus!
REMEMBER: There is no smoking anywhere in the Park or entrance area. Pets must remain leashed.
SUMMER LIVES HERE: The Pavilion is located at 40 Jesup Road in Downtown Westport.
RAIN LOCATION: The Auditorium at Saugatuck School, 170 Riverside Avenue.
Call the Concert Hotline at 203-221-2153 at or after 4PM on the day of the show for location status. Note, no food or drink – other than water – is allowed inside the school. The auditorium is air-conditioned and has built-in seating.
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The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts
The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts is dedicated to providing FREE and abundant access to the performing arts, presenting a dynamic and diverse constellation of established and emerging artists – all of whom are paid, and preserving a beautiful outdoor community destination where people of all ages and backgrounds are always welcome to enjoy the arts, enjoy nature, and enjoy each other.
Established in 1973, The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts produces a unique open-air Summer festival located along the banks of the Saugatuck River in downtown Westport. The Summer Season runs over the course of 10 weeks, from late June through early September, lighting up Fairfield County with almost 60 nights of FREE entertainment. Each summer, the Pavilion welcomes over 50,000 patrons from Fairfield County, over 30 neighboring communities and the Tri-State area. To date, the Pavilion has welcomed more than 1.5 million people – and counting.
The Pavilion presents a vibrant range of music, featuring established and award-winning artists as well as emerging ones, from local bands to national and international acts, plus a mix of other performing arts including dance, comedy and more. Every summer also includes the acclaimed Children’s Series on Wednesdays; and for movers and shakers, there’s RiverSwing – an annual series of six or more evenings sprinkled throughout the season on which the Pavilion offers free pre-concert dance lessons led by professionals in the style of the music about to be enjoyed. During the course of the year, the Levitt Pavilion produces a handful of ticketed events to help underwrite the cost of the free programming.
The Pavilion has been an anchor institution in the community since 1973 and is supported through the generosity of corporate, foundation, and individual donations as well as services and support from the Town of Westport, Westport Parks & Recreation, and the State, including the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. The Friends of the Levitt Pavilion, Inc., d/b/a The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For a list of our sponsors, click here: http://levittpavilion.com/sponsors.html
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