‘Aladdin’ to visit library


Special to the Altus Times



The Southern Prairie Library System is pleased to announce that The Hampstead Stage Company will present “Aladdin” to the residents of Jackson and Harmon counties.

The performance will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Altus Public Library. Hampstead Stage has been performing at the library for several years now and always sparks the children’s imagination.

The Hampstead family began its mission 30 years ago. Hampstead Stage Company got its name from founders Daniel Matmor, Michael Phillips, and Katherine and Gordon Preston, who came to America from Hampstead, England to pursue their dreams.

Since its inception, the company has grown into one of the largest educational touring groups in the nation. Performing more than 2,000 shows a year in all 48 contiguous states; they have played for more than 20 million audience members.

Their interactive educational tours run year-round and are performed by two professional actors, each playing multiple roles. The scripts are original adaptations, based directly on literary classics and include children and adults from the audience. The plays last about one hour, with a question and answer session following the performance.

This classic tale is an exotic adventure based on “The Tales of the Arabian Nights.” It is about a poor young boy, Aladdin, who must go out and earn money for his family’s survival. While traveling throughout the country selling his wares, he is fooled by an evil magician, Salabin, who convinces him to find an antique oil lamp. Aladdin rubs the old lamp and releases a genie who can make all his wishes come true. Now Aladdin must outsmart the magician and save his family. Through this play, we hope to encourage the students to rise above the odds and to follow their dreams.

The Hampstead Stage performance is funded with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Summer Library Programs are partially funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services or IMLS administered through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

The second “Teens and Tweens Activity Day” will be 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 14. This week’s craft will be a choice of making a healthy heart door hanger or a ‘stache jar. This workshop is for children ages 11 and older. It is free and all supplies will be provided.

Visit the library’s website www.spls.lib.ok.us or visit them on FaceBook: Southern Prairie Library System. For more information about this program, contact the library at 477-2890.

Special to the Altus Times

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