A Day of the Arts, a free community event sponsored by Westonka Friends of the Arts (WFA), will bring a variety of special music to the new Westonka Activity Center on Saturday, July 13 from 1:45 to 5 p.m. A highlight of the event will be preview selections from “The Music Man”. The program July 13 will take place on the PAC stage, the lobby and weather permitting, on the high school courtyard. Other offerings will include Japanese drummers, an MWHS alumni review, “No Information”, a group of young musicians performing rock and blues, and a sampling of a Roy Orbison tribute show
After welcomes and introductions at 1:45 p.m., Day of the Arts will kick off at 2 p.m. with a performance by Enso Daiko, an energetic trio of Japanese drummers, followed by outdoor events at 2:30 p.m., the alumni review at 3 p.m., No Information at 3:30 p.m., the Music Man preview at 4 p.m. and the Roy Orbison Show at 4:30 p.m.
The first 50 children to arrive will receive a ticket for a hand drum and at several points during the day there will be an opportunity to participate in an interactive drum circle. There will be refreshments for sale and information tables about Westonka Friends of the Arts and Westonka Community Theatre, as well as local music studios.
Deborah Jindra, WFA chair, said she is especially excited to host the Japanese Drummers. “If you have never seen them perform, you don’t want to miss it.” According to the group’s website, Enso Daiko demonstrates Taiko, the Japanese word for drum and the modern way of playing them. It is described as movement-infused, heart-pounding, dynamic group drumming. “Think of it as a high-energy performance art that combines music, dance, martial arts, athleticism and culture”.
Some of the performers featured in the alumni review will include Carrie Johansen Loch and Emma Shukle, best remembered as Dolly Levi and Irene Malloy in the MWHS production of “Hello Dolly”, and Shukle as the grandmother in Pippin; Andy Shukle, who won hearts as Joseph in the high school’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” ; and Emma Jordahl and Nick Drilling, Cinderella and the prince from this past spring’s production of “Cinderella”.
“No Information” combines the talents of local high school students Brian Williams of MWHS and Max Scholten of Minnetonka High School, who teamed up as music students at the Music Coop in Excelsior. The Music Coop will also be involved in Day of the Arts.
Westonka Community Theatre, in collaboration with Westonka Community Education, will present more than 100 talented residents of our area on stage, in the orchestra and behind the scenes when Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” takes the stage July 25-28 at the Westonka PAC. Catch a first look at the acting ensemble’s preview performance July 13 at Day of the Arts. To see the entire production, purchase tickets at westonkacommunitytheatre.org or the Westonka PAC website. “The Music Man” will be performed July 25, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. and July 28 at 2 p.m. Purchasing tickets in advance online allows shoppers to take advantage of special student and senior pricing and select their own seats.
Finally, Day of the Arts will offer another chance to take in some of the Roy Orbison Show that was recently featured at the PAC in front of a large and enthusiastic audience. Said Jindra, “If you weren’t among the 400 people who got to see that incredible group the first time, or if you would like to see them again, join us at Day of the Arts.”
The Day of the Arts is free and open to the public.