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Family Fun Fest

Great for ages 5 – 12, the FAMILY FUN FEST series brings the best in local, national, and international performances to Lancaster. The Ware Center opens 1 hour before each performance for free hands-on creative activities.

Here’s what’s playing in the 2014-15 season

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Carnival of the Animals

Saturday, October 4

11 a.m. (Doors open at 10)


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The Snail and the Whale

Sunday, October 26

3 p.m. (Doors open at 2)


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East Meets West Photo

Friday, December 5

7 p.m. (Doors open at 6)


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Imago Theater FROGZ Photo

Friday, February 20

7 p.m. (Doors open at 6)


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Tom Chapin in Concert (hosted by WXPN Kids Corner’s host Kathy O’Connell)

Saturday, April 18

11 a.m. (Doors open at 10)


Summer Camps and Activities 

arts-smarts-camperArts Smarts Camps provide summer performing and visual arts opportunities for students of elementary and middle-school age. Visual Arts, Music, and Theater are taught by MU arts education undergraduates and graduates dedicated not only to their arts, but to teaching those arts. Each half-day week-long camp is designed to provide young people with the means to actively explore the beauty, diversity, and complexity of our world through the artistic process, generate an appreciation of the arts as a vital force in their lives, and enable them to develop their own creativity and skills through a genuine understanding and practice of the art forms. The Arts Smarts Camps are also just plain fun, not to mention the best bargain in the region! This past summer, 217 camp spots were filled over the course of two weeks in June, 17% of those by campers on full or partial scholarship. For more information contact Barry Kornhauser.

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muth-theaterM-Uth Theater  is a nationally honored theater arts-learning project in which mixed-ability teens and young adults create original dramas based on social justice issues pertinent to their lives and the lives of their peers around the globe.  Enrollment in this daily month-long summer program is FREE and largely arranged by referrals from various social service agencies, school guidance counselors, etc.   No experience is necessary, just a willingness to explore, take risks, and work hard.  For more information contact Barry Kornhauser.

“Congratulations…to the entire M-Uth Theater company for an unforgettable performance at the American Alliance for Theater & Education Conference [in Washington, DC].  Very moving, often funny, sometimes heartbreaking, and, ultimately, inspirational.  I am filled with admiration and gratitude.  Bravo!”   - Dr. Rives Collins, AATE Immediate Past President and professor of Theater at Northwestern University

Disability Arts and Access

disability-artsWith the establishment of a multidisciplinary Disability Studies program at Millersville University in 2013-14, new attention is being directed towards Disability Arts. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters & MetLife Foundation, and the Lancaster County Community Foundation, Millersville has instituted tripartite Disability Arts programming.

We will introduce the campus and community to the work of professional artist from across the disability spectrum through performances, exhibitions, master classes, and workshops. We will offer accessible presentations featuring ASL interpretation, open-captioning, audio-description, large-print and Braille programs, wheelchair seating at our ADA compliant venues, and now select sensory friendly performances for children on the autism spectrum (see Family Fun Fest pages). And we will provide arts-learning and performance opportunities for area individuals of all ages living with sensory, physical, or cognitive disabilities. Contact Barry Kornhauser for more information.

“I was so awed to see that many people involved in trying to enhance the quality of life for deaf people. It made me feel more hopeful.” – Deaf Patron