Lake Placid hosts Shrek The Musical and A Reason2Smile World Music Festival

What does a play about a green ogre and a world music festival have in common? I find the common ground between the Lake Placid High School performance of “Shrek the Musical” and the Reason2Smile World Music Festival is closer than you may think. Discovering different forms of music has proven to help with creativity and communication skills, besides music and movement can relieve stress and as we all know is fun. 

There is something heartwarming about a reluctant hero on a life-changing journey with a band of misfit fairytale characters and a gutsy princess. Based on the popular animated film, “Shrek the Musical” hits the Lake Placid High School stage this Thursday – Saturday, March 5-7 at 7 pm with a matinee on March 7 at 11 am. Tickets are $10/adults, $6/students. Join Shrek, Donkey, Fiona and a dragon as they battle the bad guy on a journey to discover that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 

On Saturday, March 7, Reason2Smile is hosting its 3rd annual World Music Festival at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts with workshops and a children’s camp.  The festival’s focus is to introduce participants to an eclectic group of artisans sharing their love of music, art and movement. 

The Kids’ Camp coincides with the morning adult classes enabling parents to enjoy either a yoga class, Tibetan Singing Bowl workshop or an Ip Man Wing Chun Kung Fu class. The afternoon workshops are geared toward older children and adults. No one is excluded. Children (10 and under) are free and may attend any adult afternoon workshop with a paying adult. The Kids’ Camp, consisting of morning crafts and African drum dance, is geared toward children (ages 5-12). Admission is $30/pre-sale for the full day pass which includes the Kids’ Camp and all five kids’ afternoon workshops

The cost for a full day adult pass, which includes 1 morning adult class and 5 afternoon open classes, is $35/pre-sale full day workshop (ages 13 and up), $40/day of full day workshop. Individual workshop options are available for $8/adult workshop, $6/afternoon workshops (ages 5-12), Free/children (under 5) if accompanied by a paying adult. Registration is available through Lake Placid Center for the Arts and space is limited.

Lunch will be available for purchase through Green Goddess Foods while face-painting, balloon animals and browsing the Kenyan Marketplace take place. There are even opportunities for adults to receive a chair massage.
Workshops range from Hip Hop, Steele Drum, Salsa, African Dance, Irish Dance, Stomp, Zumba, Taiko Drumming and more.

The festival culminates with a 5-6:45 pm pasta dinner ($10) and live musical smorgasbord (advance sales: $10/adults, $8/students and at the door sales: $12/adults, $10/students, Free/children under 5) including Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir, Burlington Taiko Drumming, Kids African Dance, Champlain Valley Irish Dancers, Salsa, Wulaba and SomaBeats, ending with a DJ dance party. Check for a full schedule of activities. What wonderful opportunities to bring performance art to the family. Enjoy! 

© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy Adirondack family hikes, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebook online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.


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