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Children three and under invited to be tiny musicians


Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published July 28, 2021

The Tiny Musicians program for children age three and under has returned to the Sweetwater Academy. 

Early introduction to music education can enhance auditory and fine motor skills, improve verbal communication and nonverbal reasoning, build a solid foundation for lifelong learning, spark social development, and strengthen emotional bonds. 

The Tiny Musicians “Magic of Music” program features nursery rhymes and songs, rhythm and movement exercises, and simple instruments.

Each pair of participants — the tiny musician and a parent or guardian — will be guided through an hour of educational play led by musician and mother Jana DeBusk. 

The curriculum incorporates various languages, rhythms, instruments, and cultures to give exposure to world music while developing fine and gross motor skills in a fun environment. 

The cost is $60 for four weekly sessions, which take place on Aug. 7, 14, 21, and 28, at 9-9:45 a.m. or 10-10:45 a.m. To register, go to academy.sweetwater.com/events/tiny-musicians/.

cast Announced for September show

First Presbyterian Theater has announced the cast of The Wolves, a comedy/drama about female adolescence, directed by Shelby Lewis. The cast includes Sophia Bell, Ella McIntosh, Cat Ahlersmeyer, Madelien Steck, Madison Garza, Cassie Smith, Gretchen Lowe, Dorian Underwood, and Isabel Maahs as a team of soccer players, and Kat Hickey as Soccer Mom. 

The play depicts the pre-game routine over the course of a season, through overlapping conversations by the players, with topics like murderous dictators, menstruation, and boyfriends. 

The Wolves, which was written by Sarah DeLappe and ran off-Broadway in 2016 to critical acclaim, will run from Sept. 17-26.

ALL FOR ONE PRODUCTIONS 2021-22 SEASON

All for One Productions has announced its 2021-22 theatrical season:

The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church, a comedy by Bo Wilson, Sept. 17-26.

Great Expectations, the novel by Charles Dickens adapted by Gale Childs Daly, Nov. 12-14 and 19-21.

Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicotte, Feb. 18-20 and 25-27, 2022. 

The Princess and the Goblin, the classic story by George MacDonald adapted by Sandra Fenichel Asher, April 22-24 and April 29-May 1, 2022. 

Auditions for Mary’s Wedding and The Princess and the Goblin will be announced soon. Performances will be at the PPG ArtsLab at 300 E. Main St.

ALLEN COUNTY FAIR

The Allen County Fair features 4-H animal shows and projects, a food court, carnival rides, and family-friendly events, including a free ice cream social, hot air balloons, a 4×4 truck pull, demo derby, kids day (Thursday only), live music, and peddle car races. 

Admission is $5 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday, and $7 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Active military and veterans’ tickets are $2 off on Sunday. Free admission each weekday until noon, as well as for kids five and under each day. Parking is free. Carnival rides are only one ticket each on Thursday and Sunday from 1-11 p.m. 

The Fair runs through Aug. 1 at the Allen County Fairgrounds, located at 2726 Carroll Road.

DJ E-CLYPS PHOTO EXHIBIT AT ACPL

A new exhibit, “Protests and Promises Unfilled: Featuring ‘Voices,’ Photography from DJ E-Clyps,” reflects on the Civil Rights struggles experienced in Fort Wayne. 

This exhibit features images from Fort Wayne’s past and present which show connections between last summer’s protests and those led by past generations. 

This gallery exhibit is free and open to the public during regular hours at the Allen County Public Library. Parking is free with an ACPL library card in ACPL lots.

REO SPEEDWAGON VS. WARRANT

July 31 is a big night for outdoor music fans with competing concerts by REO Speedwagon at the Foellinger Theatre and Warrant at the Sweetwater Performance Pavilion. 

With hits like “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Keep on Loving You” and “Take It on the Run,” REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

Warrant’s chart-toppers include “Cherry Pie” and “Heaven.” Their signature rock style has thrilled their fans for 30 years.

REO Speedwagon tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Warrant tickets are available through Eventbrite.

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