“Our family Fun Fest helps us welcome folks back and introduce ourselves to new folks to what we do. You’d have to go very far — much more than 50 miles — to find this caliber of professional theater,” Totem Pole Artistic Director Ray Sicca said. “We have artists, actors, designers and directors from all over the country come to work here for the summer season.”
Sicca said about 3,000 people participated in various Fun Fest activities such as backstage tours, crafts, face painting, story theater, stage combat, balloon animals and more.
Fun Fest is a chance for people to hear firsthand about the season, and for the community to be educated about Totem Pole Playhouse.
Ashlyn Price, 6, of Biglerville, Pa., overcame her disappointment at not getting to participate in one of the children’s plays at Fun Fest by having Hip Hop the clown make her a balloon flower.
“It’s a beautiful day. We’ve never been up here before,” said Price’s mother, Amy Kaufman, who plans to attend a play if they have one that is appropriate for the whole family.
Sonya Hantz and her daughter Lydia, 2, just moved to Shippensburg, Pa., from Pittsburgh. So they decided to find something fun to do together Saturday.
Lydia and her new friend Maggie Michalek, 5, of Manassas, Va., searched for more glitter to make crafts under the Fun Fest craft tent.
“I think it’s really nice,” Hantz said. “They have a lot of activities like this in Pittsburgh, so I’m really pleased to see something like this here.”
Maggie’s grandmother, Bonnie Barlup of Waynesboro, Pa., said her granddaughter loved the crafts, face painting and balloon animals at Fun Fest.
While she hasn’t taken her granddaughter to a play yet, Barlup said she thoroughly enjoys attending Totem Pole Playhouse and hoped to one day share the experience with her granddaughter.
“I think it is great,” Barlup said. “It’s convenient, and the character of their performers are really excellent.”
Season opens next week
Totem Pole Playhouse’s summer season opens Saturday, May 28, at 8 p.m. with its production of “Hank Williams: Lost Highway”
For more information, call 1-888-805-7056 or go to www.TotemPolePlayhouse.org.