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Thomas Center: Theatre for Young Audiences series (FREE)

Theater for Young Children
Theater for Young Children

The City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs is inaugurating the Thomas Center Theatre for Young Audiences with its first production, "The Commedia Voyages of Sinbad" by playwright Lane Riosley.

The play is a youth-friendly version of Sinbad's seven voyages. Four actors use puppets, masks, tumbling, and mock combat "to bring to life a giant fish, the monstrous roc bird, the King of the Skeletons, Zughub the Ogre, the Old Man of the Sea, the Elephant King and more."

The play lasts for about one hour and will take place outdoors at the Thomas Center's Grace and Sidney Knight Garden Theatre at 302 NE 6th Avenue in Gainesville. The event is FREE of charge and the Cultural Affairs office recommends the play for all ages.

Show times include:
Thursdays 6:30 pm on April 22, 29 and May 6, 13
Saturdays 11:00 am on April 24 and May 1, 8, 15

The play is directed by David Ballard , an events coordinator for Gainesville’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. Ballard has experience in children’s theater as a puppeteer, including programs at the Smithsonian.

According to the Gainesville Sun, if this first production goes well, Ballard hopes to turn this endeavor into a full-time, professional repertory theater for young audiences.

For more information, please contact David Ballard at 393-8746 or

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