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“Where the Wild Things Are” Turns 50

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Do you recall special days from your childhood when an adult took you to a play or movie? Maybe it was the Nutcracker ballet at Christmas? Ah, those memories. Here’s a chance to pay it forward with the kids in your life. The Schwartz Center in Dover is partnering with the Biggs Museum and Dover Public Library to feature the work and biography of one of America’s most beloved children’s authors and illustrators, Maurice Sendak (“Where the Wild Things Are”). The Schwartz will present productions by The Children’s Theater and The Ballet Theater of Dover. These shows are sure to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.

On July 30, “Really Rosie” kicks off the fun. “Rosie” is a children’s musical by Sendak, with music and lyrics by Carole King. Rosie, the sassiest kid on her block of Brooklyn’s Avenue P, entertains herself and her friends by acting out show-biz fantasies. The Children’s Theater will present the production as part of the larger Sendaktribute. “Really Rosie” is a jewel for children and adults. On Aug. 4, The Ballet Theater of Dover will present “All Things Sendak,” a delight for audiences of all ages. A highlight of the performance is the premiere of a new ballet based on the children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are.” The performance will also include dances from a little-known ballet “Le Corsaire” (The Pirate), loosely based on a poem by Lord Byron. Guest Artist, Justin Estelle, principal dancer with the First State Ballet Company in Wilmington, will partner with local dancer Ana Pavon (16) in the grand pas de deux. The events are part of the Maurice Sendak Memorial Exibition at the Biggs Musuem, The Dover Public Library, and other places in Dover. Starting July 29, the exhibition celebrates Sendak’s life and work on the 50th anniversary of “Where the Wild Things Are.”

For more, contact the Schwartz at www.schwartzcenter.com or (302) 678-5152.