The Juno award-winning swing band for kids, The Swinging Belles, takes to the stage at the Kings Playhouse today at 6:30 p.m. and anyone who will miss that show have another chance to see them Saturday in Summerside at the Harbourfront Theatre at 2 p.m.
The Swinging Belles, a swing band for kids from St. John’s, N.L., are intent on getting both kids and adults to kick up their heels and have a swinging good time with the whole family. The group has won a JUNO and a Canadian Folk Music Award for Children’s Album of the Year.
The group features child educators Laura Winter and Erin Power, and “guitarist extraordinaire” Duane Andrews. As primary teachers, the Swinging Belles know first-hand the joy that kids feel when they can boogie to some good time music, and as parents, Andrews and Power know the importance of enjoying the music that kids are listening to.
The show is packed with music, story-telling and lots of dancing.
As educators, The Swinging Belles have tapped into their professional experience and have developed a show that creates moments of pandemonium but also serenity. Using hand-made marionettes, hand puppets, traditional dance, hula hoops, snippets of Canadian folklore, the art of storytelling and a plethora of instruments, they keep the audience engaged and excited.
A highlight of the show includes the Belle Hop – a chance for kids to meet the Belles before the show, make a craft and help decorate the stage.
Both shows are a special “pay-what-you-can” performance. Everyone is invited to enjoy the show and be thrilled by the exuberance, fun and fine musicality of the Belles and then choose the way out how much (if any) they wish to pay.
This performance is a part of the Canada 150 Performance Series in partnership with The Atlantic Presenters Association, RADARTS and with funding support from Canadian Heritage.
For more information, visit our website at: www.kingsplayhouse.com or call 1-888-346-5666