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December 9, 2009 > Theatre: Ring the Bells for Peace

Theatre: Ring the Bells for Peace

If you're looking for a production the whole family can enjoy, consider "Ring the Bells for Peace," a playful showcase of global folktales focusing on children's inherent affability, that will be presented this holiday season by Cal State East Bay (CSUEB).

The performances were written by local and student playwrights and are directed by A. Fajilan and Eric Kupers, assistant professors of theatre and dance. Shows will incorporate storytellers, dancers, actors, musicians, angels as well as several children from Bonnie Hansen's third/fourth grade class at Harder Elementary School in Hayward.

As the story unfolds, Steven, a "problem" child, finds a magic bell. Whenever he feels sad and confused, he rings the bell and animated performers play out a story that makes him laugh. Ultimately the stories help him understand how to deal with difficult situations at school, with bullies and family.

Steven escapes into the stories - dealing with sadness, revenge and abandonment - and discovers how other children are able to find creative solutions to their daily problems. "Children of all ages will be delighted with these whimsical stories," says Fajilan. "'Ring the Bells for Peace' puts Worldbeat on our local stage to remind us that during tough times, our shared humanity can reach beyond borders."

The cast and crew will be collecting non-perishable food for the Alameda Food Bank.

Tickets are $12 general, $6 youth/senior/alum, or $5 for CSUEB students and children 12 and under, may be reserved at or (510) 885-3118.

CSUEB schedules affordable, special performances of its Theatre for Youth shows for local schools. To bring your class to see "Ring the Bells for Peace," please call (510) 885-3118.

Ring the Bells for Peace
Friday, December 11
8 p.m.
Saturday, December 12
3p.m. and 7 p.m.

University Theatre
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
(510) 885-3118

$12 general, $6 youth/senior/alum, or $5 for CSUEB students and children 12 and under

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