~ Reprinted from Campus News

Fresno State’s Theatre for Young Audiences touring company of student actors has been a tradition at Fresno State for more than 50 years, and has toured more than 40 schools and over 16,000 children in a single season.

During Vintage Days, there will be two free public performances, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, in the Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre in the Speech Arts Building. No tickets will be issued. Admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

This year, Theatre for Young Audiences is presenting “Wondrous Tales of Old Japan” by David Furumoto, directed by J. Daniel Herring.

“Wondrous Tales of Old Japan” is a collection of amazing Japanese folk tales including worlds where ogres clash with heroes who are born from giant peaches, fishermen fall in love with dragon princesses and magical dogs reincarnate.

The tales include Momotaro: The Peach Boy, Urashimataro: The Enchanted Fisherman, Yuki Onna: The Snow Woman, and Hanasaka Jiji: The Old Man That Made the Trees Bloom. The play is presented in the style of Kabuki theatre, a traditional Japanese popular drama with singing and dancing performed in a highly stylized manner. A rich blend of music, dance, mime and spectacular staging and costuming.

For more information, contact the box office at 559.278.2216 or universitytheatre@csufresno.edu.