Thursday, October 23, 2008

UWG: Not So Scary Fairy Tales Returns

“The Not So Scary Fairy Tales: A Not So Haunted House for Children” returns to the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 28-30. The 12-room maze of friendly fairy tale characters and dazzling sets takes approximately 20 minutes to tour and is fun for the entire family.

Can you dodge the Fiery Friendly Dragon, advise the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe or help the sleepy Princess find the pesky Pea? They are just a few of the wonderful fairy tales that come to life in the “The Not So Scary Fairy Tales: A Not So Haunted House for Children” at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts at the University of West Georgia.

A tour guide will lead the way through a magical maze of 12 rooms in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts where fantasy and reality become an exciting adventure. Tours will run Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25, and Tuesday, Oct. 28 through Thursday Oct. 30.

Tours are approximately 20 minutes long beginning at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m. in the Richard L. Dangle Theatre. Reservations of time slots have been brisk and early reservations are encouraged.

Each evening features a new family activity at 7:30 p.m. and includes tee-shirt door prizes on Friday; a Fairy Tale Sing-a-Long on Saturday; a Fairy Tale Art Contest on Tuesday; a Spooky Spelling Spree on Wednesday; and a Costume Contest on Thursday.

Other activities include face painting, coloring and story telling. Horton’s Bookstore will also be on hand to sell children’s books of fairy tales.

“The Not So Scary Fairy Tales” is the only event that the TCPA crew produce themselves by planning the maze, painting the scenery and building the sets. Carrollton resident Jenny Lyle is directing the production and David Manuel, technical director at the Townsend Center, is the designer and lead builder for the fairy tale maze that patrons will be guided through.

Designed for children and their families, the production combines aspects of live theatre with a twisting and turning maze carefully crafted to accommodate all children, including those who need assistance.

Sponsors Dr. Chester and Faye Gibson said they are thrilled with this service project to the community.

“We are so pleased to support the outreach of the Townsend Center to the West Georgia community with programming that is educational and entertaining for families,” said Chester Gibson. “The university is a terrific destination with so many opportunities for everyone and we are happy to be a part of those activities that help enhance lives.”

Children young and old will enjoy the exciting labyrinth lurking with friendly fairy tale characters like Alice in Wonderland, Brer Rabbit and Little Miss Muffet. Even Cinderella is waiting to share her pumpkin carriage with visitors.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Box Office hours are Monday- Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If special assistance is needed, contact the general manager, Renét Jones, at 678-839-4722.
To reserve a time slot, call 678-839-4722 or visit for more information.

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