Concert For Children At Lake Worth Playhouse Aug. 20

“It Could Be a Wonderful World,” a concert for children, will be presented at the Lake Worth Playhouse on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m.

The concert features five of the region’s most popular performers and animals from the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary.

Tickets are available at the Lake Worth Playhouse box office and at The concert benefits the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, the Lake Worth Arts Corridor, Clay-Glass-Metal-Stone Cooperative Gallery and the Lake Worth Playhouse.

A spirited round of sing-along songs with chants, hand signals and choruses will be sprinkled with a live animal show and demonstration both on stage and during intermission in the lobby. The theme of the concert, “It Could Be A Wonderful World,” is reflected in the songs about family interactions, saving the animals on the planet and conservation. The event includes some wonderful gifts for the children in attendance. The Mockingbird Community Garden of Lake Worth will be giving children free seedlings to plant in their gardens. Clay-Glass-Metal-Stone gallery will give away free kazoos, with kazoo lessons from the performers onstage. The Lake Worth Lagoon Muck Monster will greet the children before and after the concert.

Songs from this concert will be recorded on DVD, so families can take them home and learn to sing them over and over again. The kazoos will be put to good use as children hone their talents in time to the music.

The performers will include:

Grant Livingston, who was named one of the all-time, top 10 folksingers in Florida. He creates songs for children that are so engaging, no child could keep quiet or still in his presence.

Kat Mahoney has the deep, dark songs that children love and that match her rich, powerful voice. From “I’m Gonna Tell on You” to “I’m Getting Eaten by a Boa Constrictor,” Mahoney’s performance will thrill the youngest to the oldest family member.

Marie Nofsinger, a South Florida legend, has graced stages and the region’s top folk festivals, where she is always a favorite. Expect quick wit and quips on stage as she has the audience guess which vegetables she’s singing about in the vegetable game.

Jim Shettleroe, master of guitar, banjo and mandolin, can both sing and pantomime at the same time. His songs require rapt attention and flamboyant imitation. “Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud” means that there may be a hippopotamus or two lurking in the wings.

Kathleen Kirschner is a local artist and performer who will become a frog during this performance as she sings, “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” When she puts down her paint brush and glue gun as a visual artist, she emerges as any one of a number of characters on stage, leading the pantomime of the songs and cheering the audience on.

The DCA of Lake Worth, the City of Lake Worth and LULA work together to bring family events to downtown Lake Worth on a regular basis.

DCA is a nonprofit association of downtown merchants and residents working together to keep downtown Lake Worth vibrant and welcoming.

For additional information contact Andy Amoroso at Studio 205 at (561) 533-5272 or Joyce Brown of 605 Lake Ave. at (215) 205-9441 Ticket prices are $8 for children 12 or under, $12 for adults and $38 for a family of four.

ABOVE: “It Could Be a Wonderful World” performers will entertain children with fun songs about nature.