School picture day is fast-approaching, but not everyone feels like smiling. Will third grade best friends Felix and Fiona help their classmate in time to save the picture? Audiences of all ages will have a blast seeing how it all turns out in Felix & Fiona’s Musical Adventure, a brand new musical premiering at the Dayton Metro Library’s Party in the Park! Showtimes for the free, family-friendly musical are 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in the Eichelberger Forum. Party in the Park is 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
The new musical is one aspect of a multi-faceted project designed to support the region’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Other key elements are an original chapter book titled Felix and Fiona: The Big Stink and Other Adventures, an audiobook, and downloadable music.
“The book, music, and theatrical performance ensure that kids can enjoy the experience in a variety of different ways,” said Diane Farrell, Director of External Relations and Development. “It’s been a labor of love for all of the organizations involved in supporting third grade reading proficiency in our area.”
The project is a joint venture among the Dayton Metro Library, Muse Machine, Sinclair Community College, and composer Austin Jacquith. It was made possible through generous funding from the State Library of Ohio, the Ohio Arts Council, the Frank M. Tait Foundation, the Dayton Metro Library Foundation, and many individuals.
The musical will tour several branches of the Dayton Metro Branch in July and August, and the book, audiobook and downloadable music will be available in the Library’s collection. Ultimately, the production and curriculum will be given to Muse Machine for future use.
SATURDAY, JUNE 29 - PREMIERE!
2:30 and 3:30 p.m. - Main Library Eichelberger Forum, 215 E. Third St.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Southeast, 21 Watervliet Ave.
Learn more about Felix & Fiona’s Musical Adventure and the book, Felix & Fiona: The Big Stink and Other Adventures