12th Annual Chevron Family Theatre Festival

Twelfth Annual Chevron Family Theatre Festival

Features Day of Theatre, Arts, and Music

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Chevron Family Theatre Festival will return this summer to the Lesher Center for the Arts for the annual event featuring exciting new performers and popular favorites. The Festival will open at 10:00 am with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony and Prince and Princess Parade. Then free events inside and outside the Center along with ticketed shows will run through 4:00 pm. Show tickets are just $5 each and are available at www.LesherArtsCenter.org.

The Festival is presented by Chevron and is produced by the Diablo Regional Arts Association, The City of Walnut Creek, and the Lesher Center for the Arts. The event offers families a low-cost day of non-stop theater, dance, and music performances along with visual arts activities both inside and outside the Lesher Center for the Arts (LCA). “On behalf of Chevron and our over 5,000 Bay Area employees, I want to thank DRAA, the City of Walnut Creek and all the staff at the Lesher Center for the Arts for their tireless efforts to put on the Chevron Family Theatre Festival. We’re excited this year’s festival will include even more educational opportunities, particularly in the area of STEM, for kids and adults alike. We hope this day continues to inspire kids to dream, invent, and imagine and hopefully, one day consider a STEM career, whether as an engineer at Chevron or a sound or lighting technician at the Lesher Center,” stated Jennifer Ganten, Chevron General Manager, Public Policy, and Corporate Responsibility.

One of this year’s acts is Artrageous. Their performance is high energy, and full of mystery. The fine arts meet the performing arts on stage where an amazing team of artists paint at electric speed. The show includes vocals, creative choreography, high-energy live music, and unforgettable audience interaction. Giant masterpieces are created in just moments by Artrageous artists as they are inspired by the troupe’s vocalists, musicians, and dancers. The audience has to guess what they are painting, as they race to complete their art before the music ends.

Artrageous culminates in a one-of-a-kind live art installation at the end of each show. The audience interacts with the gallery and performers, and even adds their own art.

Experience the incredibly wacky and wonderfully imaginative world of Emmy®-nominated Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby) and her puppet pal Lolly Lardpop. Join the adventure as Leslie and Lolly defend their imaginations against negative thoughts with the help of one-of-a-kind friends like Gordon the Sasquatch, Velvet the Fairy Godmother, and Slax the Lizard.

Mr. Magico will be on hand to perform his show filled with jaw-dropping magic, ventriloquism, comedy, music, audience participation, and the magical appearance of a live bunny rabbit. The program entertains children and parents alike.

Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble will perform their interactive original story of The Adventures of Robin Hood. Fantasy Forum is nationally known for their style of family theater offerings. Boys and Girls sit very close to the stage and hold props and guide the characters through the story. Throughout the day Robin Hood will find boys and girls to add to his merry band and participate in the character parades!

“We are thrilled to celebrate a dozen years of bringing top-quality family arts programming to Walnut Creek and are happy to have broad support from community partners to do so,” stated Peggy White, Executive Director of Diablo Regional Arts Association. “Thanks to the generosity of Chevron, The City of Walnut Creek, Lesher Center for the Arts and this year’s sponsors including KKDV, Diablo Magazine, and Renaissance Club Sport Walnut Creek — there will be something for everyone inside and outside the LCA.”

FREE offerings inside and outside the Lesher Center for the Arts include:

*Build Your Own Harmonicas for children courtesy of Chevron. Chevron is focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Building a harmonica focuses on these skills. Once they build it, children can take it home as their prize. (Outside)

*Crowning of the Royal Family (Outside)

*Prince and Princess Parade (Outside)

*Na Mamo No’eau Polynesian Dancers – Kids will love the music and costumes featured in the authentic ethnic dances (Outside)

*San Jose Taiko Drummers strive to connect people beyond cultural boundaries and teach kids about Japanese culture (Outside)

*Villain’s Dance Party – Meet your favorite (or least favorite) villains such as Queen of Hearts, Maleficent, Wicked Queen from Snow White and Cruella Deville. (Inside, Second Floor Lobby)

*Barbershop Quartet – Performances by the Lesher Center men’s barbershop quartet.

(Outside)

*Storytelling – Children will enjoy the animated reading of classic tales. (Inside, Third Floor Encore Room)

*Costumed Characters – Over 25 characters will be on hand including Mary Poppins, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, The Evil Queen, Alice in Wonderland, Princes, Peter Pan, Anna, Elsa, Tinker Bell and many more. (Outside)

Parking is available at the North Locust Street Garage next to the Lesher Center for the Arts (entrance is accessible only from California Blvd.) for easy all-day parking. A flat rate of $3 will cover parking for the entire day.

The schedule for ticketed shows is as follows:

Chevron Family Theatre Festival Ticketed Show Schedule

Purchase Tickets $5 per person. Shows run 30 – 60 minutes

Artrageous: An amazing team of artists painting at electric speed, accompanied by amazing vocals, creative choreography, high energy live music and unforgettable audience interaction for the journey of a lifetime. 11:15 am & 2:30 pm

The Adventures of Robin Hood: A classic tale performed by Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble with plenty of input from the audience. 10:30 am, 1:00 pm & 2:15pm

Leslie Carrara – Live: Join Leslie and Lolly Lardpop of Sesame Street fame for an entertaining show.11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm

Mr. Magico: Featuring magic, ventriloquism, comedy, and music. 10:15 am, 12:15 pm, and 2:05 pm

Many more performances and activities surrounding the Center are Free 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

A complete schedule and ticket information is available at www.LesherArtsCenter.org

About Diablo Regional Arts Association (DRAA)

As the nonprofit partner of the Lesher Center for the Arts (LCA), the Diablo Regional Arts Association (DRAA) enriches the lives of thousands of East Bay residents every year by raising funds to support the full spectrum of arts at the Lesher Center including: drama, musical theatre, dance, opera, music, and the visual arts. In addition, through its Arts Access program, DRAA is dedicated to providing families, children, seniors, educators and underserved or at-risk individuals the opportunity to experience the arts. www.draa.org

About Lesher Center for the Arts (LCA)

The Lesher Center for the Arts (LCA), located in Walnut Creek, California, is the premier destination for an exceptional arts and entertainment experience. First opened in October 1990, the Center now presents more than 900 productions and events each year, serving more than 350,000 patrons. The Center is owned and operated by the City of Walnut Creek. www.LesherArtsCenter.org

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