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The Southern Prairie Library System is proud to introduce The Hampstead Stage Company to the residents of Jackson and Harmon County. The performance will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 24 at the Altus Public Library. This will be the final performance in the Library’s summer program, “Fizz, Boom, Read!”

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.

Thursday, the audience will be enchanted by “The Legend of King Arthur.” Join King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in this legendary story of the sword and the stone! In their quest, Merlin and Arthur battle their adversaries, Morgana Le Fay and her son, Mordred, for the rights to the sword called Excalibur and Camelot. The legend comes to life in this historic tale of medieval adventure! Through their play, they hope to encourage the children to stand up for what is right and overcome their fears.

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.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council. In addition, the Institute of Museum and Library services 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 and information.

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