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scene from the Secret Garden

The spirit of Lily (Elisabeth Evans, center, back) looks on as Mary Lennox (Kendra Jo Brook, left) and her friends Dickon (Gunther Henkel-Moellmann, kneeling) and Martha (Jennifer Majetic, right) in “The Secret Garden.”

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‘The Secret Garden’ closes Huron Playhouse season

The Huron Playhouse will end its 61st season with the classic children’s story “The Secret Garden, playing Tuesday-Saturday (July 28-Aug. 1) at the McCormick Middle School, 325 Ohio St. in Huron.

The stage version of “The Secret Garden” was created by Marsha Norman, with music by Lucy Simon, and based upon the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Orphaned in India by cholera, an 11-year old girl is sent to live in Yorkshire with her only relatives—an embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son. The uncle’s estate includes a magic, locked garden infused with secrets and memories. Flashbacks, dream sequences, a strolling chorus of spirits and some of the most beautiful music ever written for the Broadway stage dramatize the compelling tale of regeneration.

Tickets are $13 for students and senior citizens, $15 for other adults and $10 for children under 12.  Curtain time is 8 p.m. nightly. For reservations and further information, contact the theater at 419-433-4744. The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Kenya’s future to be focus of conference

Nearly 40 scholars will gather at BGSU to present “Perspectives on Kenya’s Development in the 21st Century” at the second annual Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA) conference Friday and Saturday (July 31 and Aug. 1).

“The 21st century presents Kenya and Kenyans with enormous potential for progress or failure. As Kenya explores more development opportunities in the coming years, the country will face many challenges—economic, social, political, environmental, scientific and also technological,” according to Dr. Kefa Otiso, geography, who is the founder of the association and director of the conference.
The future of Kenya is of significant interest to the United States as well since Kenya is one of its staunchest allies in Africa and an important security and economic partner.

Keynoting the conference will be Dr. Robert Maxon, a professor of history at West Virginia University and one of the foremost experts on Kenya. He will speak on “Studying Kenya: Challenges and Changes.” Maxon’s talk will take place at the 12:40 p.m. luncheon in 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union

A widely published scholar on Kenya and East Africa, Maxon has been conducting fieldwork and teaching in Kenya since the 1960s. His books include Going Their Separate Ways: Agrarian Transformation in Kenya, 1930-1950 (2003); An Economic History of Kenya (1992) with W.R. Ochieng’; Struggle for Kenya: The Loss and Reassertion of Imperial Initiative, 1912-1923 (1993); East Africa: An Introductory History (1994), and A Historical Dictionary of Kenya (2000), co-authored with Thomas Ofcansky.
KESSA conference sessions will feature presentations on gender, health and environment, agriculture, politics, economic development, education, technology, and media, youth and society.

The cost to attend the conference is $25; for lunch and the keynote address only, it is $12.

Lunch includes a Falcon Tailgate Buffet Sandwich (beef/chicken) with potato chips, fresh fruit bowl, hot baked beans and a soft drink. There will be a registration table in the union outside Room 201 or 207. Attendees are asked to bring exact change or a check payable to Kenya Scholars & Studies Association. Credit card payments can be made online at (select last option).

For more information or to register, visit

Creative Arts Program partners to offer
Suzuki musical instruction

The College of Musical Arts’ Creative Arts Program will offer Suzuki musical instruction on campus beginning this fall in partnership with the Toledo Symphony School of Music (TSSM). 
Developed by Japanese educator Shinichi Suzuki, the Suzuki method is founded on the belief that all students can develop their abilities in music if they learn through a “mother tongue” approach, based on the means by which young children learn their first language. The method prioritizes imitation, repetition, listening, learning in individual and group settings, and parental involvement. Students as young as 2 can begin Suzuki instruction.

The symphony’s School of Music offers each student a comprehensive musical experience. Each student who joins the stringed instrument program will receive private instruction, group lessons where students learn in conjunction with their peers, and enrichment activities including music theory and appreciation, eurhythmics, special guests and multiple performance opportunities. Lessons will be offered at BGSU as well as at the symphony's Education Center (1838 Parkwood Ave. in Toledo).  

Students will develop their instrumental skills in collaboration with skilled Toledo Symphony musicians with graduate-level degrees, all certified as Suzuki instructors.  Suzuki study also teaches discipline, focus and attention to detail while strengthening relationships between the student and parents, peers and teachers. 

“This program fits in with the core mission of the College of Musical Arts’ Creative Arts Program, which is to offer quality music educational experiences to our community,” said Susan Knapp, director of public events for the college.

To register for the program, contact Jessica Ascheilman, TSSM education coordinator, at 419-418-0022 or

July 27, 2009

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