Kids Culture 01.03.13

Father Doesn’t Know Best

    When Mother Goose takes the day off, Father Goose has to step in to fill her shoes, but his version of popular stories isn’t quite right in Nappy’s Puppets’ production “Father Goose’s Tales,” coming to the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets for the show cost $10, $9 for grandparents and theater members, and $5 for children under 3. The theater is on East Union Street.

Making Tracks

    Kids curious about footprints they may have spotted in the recent snow can learn more about animal tracks and tracking on Saturday at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. Crystal Possehl, a nature educator, and her puppet Lodo the River Otter will share a story about some mysterious tracks in the snow, then make their own “tracks” inside at the museum before heading outside to see whose footprints they can find.

    The program, which begins at 10 a.m., is for children 4 to 6. Advance registration is required.

After-School Theater Classes

    Do you suffer from “Glee” envy? Do you dream of being a Broadway star or one day standing onstage to accept a best actor or best screenplay Oscar? After-school singing or theater arts classes at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor might be a good first step.

    The theater will offer eight-week classes for kids 8 to 12 and teenagers starting on Jan. 16 and 17, both taught by Susan Galardi, a professional actor and singer. A theater arts class and showcase on Wednesdays will guide students as they develop, rehearse, and perform original theatrical pieces for the stage. Participants can focus on acting, playwriting, or both. In a vocal performance class on Thursdays called Sing the Song! young singers at all levels will work on songs of their choosing with a professional vocal coach and live accompaniment by Karen Hochstedler, a pianist.

    “The goal,” Ms. Galardi said in a release, “is to take songs the kids love to the highest performance level.” Every student will sing in every class, and at the end they’ll showcase their talents in a concert. The course will cover vocal warm-ups, basic singing exercises, choosing the right song, finding the right key, and various vocal techniques.

    The theater class and the vocal class will run from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. for kids 8 to 12, and from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. for teenagers. The cost is $275 per person. Class size is limited and registration is required in advance through the theater.