The Harriet & Charles Luckman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 1, 1996

The Harriet & Charles Luckman
Fine Arts Complex
Contact: Diane Turner
Phone: (323) 343-6616
Fax: (323) 343-6423

LUCKMAN FINE ARTS COMPLEX INTRODUCES
SERIES OF PRESENTATIONS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES

New Series of Four Performances Features
Dance, Music, Puppetry and Drama

Los Angeles, CA -- August 1, 1996 -- This fall the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A. launches an exciting series of performances for young people and their families featuring dance, music, puppetry and drama.

The series will begin Sunday, October 20 with performances at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. of Doctor Dinosaur presented by the nationally acclaimed Dinorock Productions. In this irresistibly funny musical play, the leading paleontologist, Dr. Vanderplastercaster, is planning a Saturday morning TV show about dinosaurs when the dinosaurs themselves join in the fun. Stella Stegosaurus, Dinah Diplodocus, the Hadrosaur from Hackensack and others - all huge dinosaur puppets - sing, dance, and provide scientific information and just plain fun for the whole family. The performances are part of Dinorock Productions' first tour to the Los Angeles area.

The series will continue Saturday, January 11 at 2 p.m. with a performance of Kinnara Taiko. A delicious fury of sight and sound, this dynamic Los Angeles-based group combines rhythms of Japanese drums and other percussion sounds with choreographed movement, mime and flute. One of the leading Japanese-American taiko drum groups in the United States, Kinnara Taiko presents a fascinating blend of traditional Japanese rhythms and American musical influences from rock to jazz.

On Saturday, March 22 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., just in time for the spring holidays, the talented dancers of ODC/San Francisco will present their adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit. Based on Margery Williams' heart-warming children's story of a toy rabbit who magically comes to life through the love of a young boy, the production includes dance, narration and music. A special added attraction will be the appearance of local young dancers selected to perform with the company at the Luckman. This production is supported in part with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.

The last performance of the series will feature an imaginative introduction to the world of classical music by the acclaimed Anderson Quartet, the first African American ensemble to win the prestigious Eastman School of Music's Cleveland Quartet Competition. The Quartet has engaged pre-school to high school audiences throughout the Los Angeles area and has performed for enthusiastic crowds in the Hollywood Bowl. The performance, Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m., will be accompanied by an array of innovative hands-on activities for young and old alike.

Ticket prices are $ 7 per performance. A series subscription of all four productions is only $20. For tickets call TicketMaster (213) 480-3232/(714) 740-2000/(805) 583-8700. For more information or a Luckman season brochure, call (323) 343-6610.

Luckman Theatre, part of the Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, is noted for its integrity in bringing innovative dance, music and theatre to Southern California. It's located at the Eastern Avenue exit of the I-10 (San Bernardino) freeway, on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles. Luckman's beautiful red brick structures house one of the newest performing arts theatres and fine arts galleries in Los Angeles. The fine arts gallery - free to the public - is open one hour prior to each theatre performance and Monday through Thursday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.


WHO:
Luckman Fine Arts Complex presents Family Series

WHAT:
An exciting series of four performances for young people and their families featuring dance, music, puppetry and drama:
Doctor Dinosaur, Sunday, October 20 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Kinnara Taiko, Saturday, January 11 at 2 p.m.
The Velveteen Rabbit, Saturday, March 22 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Anderson Quartet, Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m.

WHERE:
Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Theatre, at junction of I-10 (San Bernardino) and I-710 (Long Beach) freeways

TICKETS:
$7 each or $20 for series of four performances
TicketMaster (213) 480-3232/(714) 740-2000/(805) 583-8700

INFO:
Luckman information (323) 343-6610

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