Presented by ArtsPower
Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla need a boy to help with the chores around their farm on Prince Edward Island. They are not expecting Anne Shirley, a vivacious orphan with a wild imagination and a breathless fascination to find a place she can call home.
ArtsPower's heart-warming musical, based on Lucy Maud Montgomery's beloved novels, follows Anne on her unlikely journey to find the family she's always wanted.
Running time: 55 minutes
Recommended ages: 7 to 12
Sunday, April 28 at 1pm
Sunday, April 28 at 3pm ASL Interpretation/Sensory Relaxed Performance
Family Flex Pass: $10
Beginning at 12 noon, various Queens-based children's authors and illustrators will gather at the theater to display their books autograph copies and answer children's questions.
Joanne Baker-Smiith is an elementary school teacher and author. Her book, Rosie the Reader, is the first in her Little Leaner Series to help children beyond her classroom feel confident and excited about learning. In the book, the title character is concerned about an upcoming reading assessment, until her mother helps her see how strategies she uses each day are helping her to become a better reader. Early elementary readers will relate to Rosie’s situation and be inspired be her success. Ms. Baker-Smith, a mother of two, lives with her husband and children in Forest Hills.
Katie Dunne has been writing since she was very young. Her first screenplay, short stories and poems were written almost as early as when she began to pick up a pencil and spell her first words. "Getting lost in my writing is my happy place," said Katie, who believes her vivid imagination has led to her debut children's book, Inches from Home. It's the story of Rick, an inch worm, who gets lost in the woods, but finds his way home with the help of those around him. The moral of the story, says Katie, is that we all live on the same tree (Planet Earth) and, although we may look different from one another, we are far more similiar than we think.
Kimaada Le Gendre is a Trinidadian-American educator, entrepreneur, environmentalist and author. After spending many years as a formal and informal teacher, she shifted her focus when she became a mom, to developing and writing multicultural stories that empower and inspire children of color from all around the world. She is also writing environmentally focused books that encourage young children to think of solutions to solve our earth's environmental problems.
Sharita Manickam grew up in Maryland and, upon graduation from the University of Maryland, moved to New York City and worked in marketing until her first daughter was born. During her first years as a mom, she discovered a passion for writing and co-wrote a television drama script for a major network. Her love of writing, coupled with her love of reading to her daughters, sparked the idea for a children’s book. Sharita lives in Forest Hills with her husband, Maurice, and their two girls, Leela and Ella. Sharita’s first book, Rad Girl Revolution: The children’s book for little girls with BIG dreams, is meant to empower girls to “rise above doubt and reach any dream.”
Daniel J. O'Brien is a Trinidad-born author and illustrator now living in Queens with his loyal and energetic dog, Obbie. O’Brien holds a BFA in illustration from The School of Visual Arts. With that and his love of folklore, nature and science, he is constantly fueling his passion for art and design, using his honed ability to display exuberant and whimsical illustrations full of life and rich colors. Daniel has been published in magazines, books, blogs and web sites and has also exhibited his work at gallery shows. His book, The Carnival Prince, is about a boy with stubby antlers who explores and frolics through Trinidad and Tobago where he befriends animals and ancient mythical creatures. Such friendships are called to task as they try to save the Carnival season for everyone. The author asks: perhaps the clever, yet anxious boy, will find his way in the modern world in the process?
Michael Schmidt grew up in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania and started cartooning when he was in the first grade, sparking a desire to become a cartoonist from that early age. After high school, he moved to New York City and attended the School of Visual Arts where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003. The current Queens resident wrote What Will You Be Little Raccoon? about an animal who is upset because he doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up. For every job he can imagine, he also finds a reason he won’t succeed. Firefighter, lawyer…is there anything he CAN do? With comical rhymes and humorous illustrations, the book is meant to captivate all young readers.