Hercules to visit Altus Public Library

The Southern Prairie Library System is pleased to announce that The Hampstead Stage Company will present “Hercules and the Heroes” to the residents of Jackson and Harmon County. The performance will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, at the Altus Public Library. This will be their second year to perform in the Altus Public Library’s summer program.

The Hampstead family began its mission 30 years ago. Hampstead Stage Company got its name from their founders: Daniel Matmor, Michael Phillips, and Katherine and Gordon Preston, who came to America from Hampstead, England to pursue their dreams. Since its inception, their company has grown into one of the largest educational touring companies in the nation. Performing over two thousand shows a year in all 48 contiguous states; they have played for about twenty million audience members. Their interactive educational tours run year-round and are performed by two professional actors, each playing multiple roles. Their scripts are original adaptations, based directly on literary classics, and include children and adults from the audience. The plays last about one hour, with a question and answer session following the performance.

Let Epictitus, the mask-maker, and Ovid, the poet, take you on a journey of the imagination, as you explore the ancient Greek heroes! Follow Greece’s greatest hero, Hercules, on his many adventures, as he battles mythological creatures and warriors. Through mask work, poetry, and swordplay, your students will discover the early stories of Greece. This play is designed to bring students closer to early civilizations by appreciating the similarities that we all share. This play stands alone and is the second in their Greek Mythology for Kids series.

The Hampstead Stage performance is funded with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Summer Library Programs are partially funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

The second “Teens and Tweens Craft Day” will be held Tuesday afternoon, June 23, at 2 p.m. This week’s craft will be a choice of making felt bags with Duck Tape or a metal bracelet. This workshop is for children ages 12 and up. It is free and all supplies will be provided.

Please visit the library’s website: http://www.spls.lib.ok.us or visit them on FaceBook: Southern Prairie Library System. For more information about this program, contact the library at 477-2890.

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