Dance, art and other events in the Oklahoma City area by Nancy Condit
Friday, October 25, 2013
THE MAGIC LANTERN CELEBRATION FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES THIS SUNDAY ON THE PASEO
From a recent Magic Lantern Celebration. Image provided.
“We are all Magic Lanterns, lit by the light of
imagination.” Inspired by this verse, the artists of Paseo
are opening their studios to the creativity of children on Sunday, October 27
from 3:00 to 7:30 PM. A time of light instead of fright, children
are invited to descend upon the streets of the Paseo Arts District to celebrate
their creativity by bringing to life characters of their own
making. On Paseo, children can jump into their own imaginations
and have fun doing it with a different twist to the Halloween
tradition through visual art, dance, and
song. Community artists are offering children of all ages hands-on
costume-making workshops from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a “Spin and Sparkle
” where children can parade in their costumes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
All that children need to do to prepare for the event is
to have an active imagination, wear their everyday clothing to Paseo, and be
ready to make wonder from paper and little bits of collected
possibilities. Discovering and doing are the main ingredients
needed to make the most of this event. Awaiting children are all
kinds of paper that can be twisted, crumpled, folded, ruffled, and embellished
into fantastic sculptures to be worn over their clothing. Their
imaginings can inspire an endless variety of characters. Children
and parents can walk from studio to studio to build original hats, add a touch
of shimmer to their faces, and find a pumpkin friend in twigs, leaves, and
flower petals. This is an engaging opportunity for parents to be
involved in the problem solving aspects of their child’s
constructions. Helping hands and brainstorming are an important
part of this creative process.
The celebration will culminate in twilight when children
can display their costumes. A giant winding pathway painted on
the street in the shape of a Pumpkin Jack ‘O Lantern by artist, Elizabeth
Muller, provides the setting for the spectacle of costumes. The
StarDanceSwan dancers and Steve McLinn of Ojas Music, join children in
generating a spinning, sparkling dance of light and energy.
“This is a unique experience for children, not only are
they making wearable art, they are also moving into the realms of theatrical
expression and creative dance. I am delighted to watch the
children become immersed in the creative process; they embody the wonder of the
Magic Lantern verse, their faces seem to glow, ” says Lorrie Keller of Theatre
Upon a StarDanceSwan who designs the celebration. “Halloween is
full of sweets, but the real treat of the Magic Lantern Celebration is in the
authenticity each child brings into their own
The Magic Lantern Celebration is organized
to happen whether the weather is rainy or sunny. Costume Making is from 3:00 to
6:30 PM. Plan your day to stay for the Spin and Sparkle Parade from 6:30 to
7:30 PM. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities are held at
the north end of Paseo at NW 30th and Dewy.
participating are Rainbow Fleet, Paseo Art Space, StarDanceSwan, ArtScape, and
Paseo Pottery. All activities are free to the public.
Donations are appreciated to help with the costs of the event. The Magic Lantern
is made possible through the support of the State Arts Council of Oklahoma, the
Paseo Arts Association and Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan. For information call
the Paseo Arts Association at 525-2688 or go to www.thepaseo.com.