The Strand Family Series returns!

February 25, 2022

The 2022 edition of the Strand Family Series opens on Saturday, March 5 when Elena Moon Park and Friends bring East Asian folk tunes and more to the Strand Theatre stage. The 11am show can be experienced in person at the theater, or live streamed from home. Tickets for both options are offered on a Pay-What-You-Can scale, $0-20, thanks to sponsorship support from First National Bank and First National Wealth Management.

The Strand Family Series presents live public performances from visiting artists, designed for all ages to enjoy, offered at a Pay-What-You-Can ticketing structure. Additional shows this spring include Race and Song with Alistair Moock and Reggie Harris on April 3; 123 Andrés on April 30; and STEMusic on May 21. “We’re thrilled to bring back our Family Series for a 4th season!” said Education Manager Brittany Parker. “This year we are proud to offer four stellar acts for family audiences, representing various perspectives and stories from around the globe. We’re especially excited to be able to offer a live stream option for each performance, so families can watch from the comfort of their homes!”

Elena Moon Park and Friends performs folk and children’s music from East and Southeast Asia, reimagined to celebrate various musical traditions, languages, styles, and stories, plus original songs. The tunes range from northern Japanese sea shanties to Tibetan jump rope rhymes, joyous Korean harvest sing-alongs, Taiwanese train songs, and much more. Audience members are invited to sing and dance along in different languages.

In collaboration with this show, the CMCA (Center for Maine Contemporary Art) will offer a live stream ArtLab inspired by the performance. Following the show, ArtLab participants can tune in on CMCA’s Facebook from 12:30-1:30pm for the free program. Art kits for the ArtLab will be available at the theater following the Elena Moon Park show; those who will be watching the live stream concert at home can choose to supply their own materials, or pick up an art kit at a pre-arranged time. Find more details on CMCA’s website at cmcanow.org/artlab/.

A series of Green Room Artist Chat interviews will correspond with the Family Series shows. Presented live on the Strand’s YouTube and Facebook pages, the Chats will feature behind-the-scenes glimpses into the artists’ work, offer previews of their shows, and answer questions from the audience. Visit the Strand website for upcoming Artist Chat dates.

Grant support for the Family Series shows has been provided by the Maine Arts Commission

and the New England Foundation for the Arts. In-kind sponsorship has been generously provided by the Rockland Harbor Hotel.

Each Family Series show will have a limited capacity in-person audience (75 people, or 22%) with general admission seating, and a live stream option. The theater’s Covid safety protocols require proof of vaccination or negative test results for those age 5 and up, and masks for those age 2 and up. Visit the Strand Theatre website at RocklandStrand.com for full details.

For more information and tickets, visit RocklandStrand.com, Tel: (207) 594-0070, or email info@rocklandstrand.com. Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841

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