We’re able to bring some very sophisticated theater to this festival, and we’re completely confident that our audience will accept it,” said Brian Joyce, director of the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival at the Annenberg Center, shortly before the annual festival got underway in May. “The festival has become more sophisticated because it has trained its own audience.”
    Judging from the packed theaters and squeals of laughter that greeted such innovative fare as Thomas Kubinek’s one-strange-man show and the Canadian Theatre de l’Oeil’s other-worldly puppet performance, The Star Keeper (left), Joyce had sized up his audience right.
    Michael Rose, managing director of the Annenberg Center, noted that the choral music and tribal dances of Black Umfolosi were very popular with Philadelphia school children, while the preview picnic for Penn faculty and staff (top) was a “great success.

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