Arts Council News: Arts Council presents Sinnissippi Sundays Aug. 12, Sept. 9

Dorothy Paige-Turner is more than the inspiration for the rebirth of Sinnissippi Sundays, she is the driving force that made it happen.

Sinnissippi Sundays is a youth performing arts showcase. Families and friends will pack the seats at the Sinnissippi Park Band Shell Aug. 12 and Sept. 9 for the final two performances of the season. Performances include dance, storytelling, music and praise dance. The shows are 3-5 p.m.

Paige-Turner said: “Children love to perform. The difference in having talent and developing talent is opportunity.”

Dorothy is a board member of the Arts Council, and she feels very strongly about giving youth the opportunity to put their talent on the stage. She’s done a tremendous job of bringing together representatives of all ethnicities, art forms and ages.

The lineup for Aug. 12 is as follows: Living Word Angels, praise dance; Janelle Daugherty, vocalist; Ballet Folkloric of Rockford; Storyvine Theater, storytelling; The Hits; RAAC ArtsPlace Dance Team; and Summer Rocks Band. The Master of Ceremony, Hayden Wilsey, is eloquent and makes smooth transitions between performers. Stage Manager Forrest Wilsey has endless responsibilities, including serving as the official accountant of audience attendance. He even counts dogs.

These four events will have brought more than 300 performers to the stage. More than 500 people have attended the June and July performances alone. This program has been made possible, in part, through a generous contribution from our good friends and great collaborators—the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and the Rockford Park District.

The rain site is Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St.

Pack up the kids, grandparents and your picnic basket, and meet us at the Band Shell. Feel free to bring Fido, too, as long as he’s on a leash!

Anne E. O’Keefe is executive director of the Rockford Area Arts Council.

from the Aug 8-14, 2007, issue

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