Children’s imaginations will come to life this weekend during Over, Under, All Around, the Lawrence Arts Center’s newest interactive performance experience from the Theatre and Dance for the Very Young program. Six performances are scheduled Oct. 2 and 3 at the Ballard Center playground in Lawrence.
Part of the Arts Center’s Play Lab research series, Over, Under, All Around will be devised by performers working with children at the Ballard Center to create an interactive experience based on their thoughts, ideas, and movements. The performance will then incorporate those ideas into an immersive performance that guides the public audience to unleash their imaginations on the Ballard Center playground, exploring fantastical moments of performance hidden throughout.
Are swings actually rocket ships?
What creatures like to live inside slides?
Are monkey bars made out of bananas?
The Play Lab series is a research-based space for children and their caregivers to collaborate with artists and create productions as part of the Arts Center’s Theatre and Dance for the Very Young program. Utilizing both theatre and dance, these productions are carefully crafted to meet very young children at varying stages of development and to include their families in the process. Featuring several events per year, this program offers both self-guided, performative experiences, as well as seated, interactive performances.
Every production in the Theatre and Dance for the Very Young program has an accompanying Play Lab experimenting with different artistic disciplines such as painting, live music, dance, and imaginative exploration. By creating with very young children, the Play Lab series develops work that is inspired by their ideas, movements, and words. As a result, all productions are highly interactive and reflect the artistry of the very youngest audience members.
Intended for audiences ages 2-6, Over, Under, All Around will facilitate children’s curiosity and encourage play through connections with others in an outdoor space. Due to the interactive nature of this performance, social distancing cannot be fully maintained, so masks will be required for everyone age 2 and older. Arts Center performers are all fully vaccinated, and will also wear masks throughout the performance. All playground equipment will be cleaned in between performances using a Tersano cleaning system.
Performances will take place on the Ballard Center playground, 708 Elm St., and are scheduled for 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, and noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3.
Tickets are available online and based on a choose-what-you-pay system. Purchase one ticket per person in attendance. Audience/participants will be limited to 25 tickets per show. The ticketing system is non-contact, so tickets must be purchased in advance and presented on paper or electronically. Participants are asked to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the start. Each performance experience will last between 35-45 minutes.
For more information about the show, visit lawrenceartscenter.org.