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‘Special Blend’ to open kids’ series

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The 2001-02 season of Kids & Co. is set to kick off Thursday with “Special Blend,” a dancing duo who will perform a mixture of jazz, street, ballet, and break-dancing to lively music at the Townshend Theatre.

“It’s a really good show for kids,” noted organizer Gaby Emond.

“We’re increasing in popularity, in the number of people buying tickets,” she added. “It’s mostly been by word of mouth. People like and tell others.”

The duo will be the first of this year’s Kids & Co. series featuring four family-oriented shows throughout the winter. Shows which cater to children two years of age and older but which have proved to entertain even younger children and most parents.

“I brought my son when he was only one and there’s enough sound and visual that they enjoy it,” said Emond. “A lot of parents like to come with their children because they enjoy it, as well.

Tickets for Thursday’s show will be sold at the door starting at 6 p.m. But parents are encouraged to buy season tickets in advance to attend all four shows at a lower price.

On Nov. 27, one of Canada’s top tap dancers will be on stage at 6:30 p.m. acting out “Oliver Button is a Sissy,” an award-winning story by Tomie de Paola of a boy who didn’t like to do things boys normally do and was teased until he entered a talent contest.

Then on Feb. 11, the Catherine Wheels Theatre Company will perform “Martha,” the story of a stubborn, self-sufficient, lonely beachcomber living in exile in a shack by the sea.

This year’s Kids and Co. will finish off with “The Carnival of Animals,” a show with life-sized puppets depicting the animal kingdom.

Tickets for the series are on sale at the Children’s Department of the Fort Frances Public Library.

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