KidStage returns in July

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Starting July 9, five diverse programs will take center stage each Tuesday as the free weekly KidStage performances return for another summer engagement.

The free performances are held each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Englewood CityCenter Amphitheater, located at the base of the stairs to the light rail station and adjacent to the civic center at 1000 Englewood Parkway.

If the weather turns bad, call the action line at 303-762-2598.

“My three children loved KidStage last year and they will be so excited when I tell them it is coming back,” Lila Trimble said as she read the event schedule. “We live in Littleton but we came to every performance last year. I found I like the event, too, because it is a great family evening out. We pack a picnic dinner, spread a blanket, and the kids either watch the performance or have fun running around.”

The Jackman Brothers’ performance kicks off the lineup on July 9. They are billed as a comedy show with juggling and acrobatics.

The remainder of the lineup includes:

• July 16: Millibo Art Theatre — “Book Dawg,” a musical play that follows a dog and cat that escape from the pound and make their home in the library.

• July 23 – Denver Taiko that demonstrate the high-energy art of Japanese drumming.

• July 30 — The Now or Never Puppet Theatre will perform “Charlotte’s Web.”

• Aug. 6 — Polynesian dancers will do a dance show involving drums and up-tempo hula dancing telling the story of the islands.

This is the 13th year Englewood has held a KidStage program.

Gerald Black, parks and recreation director, said it was suggested that because the concert program at the amphitheater was so successful, perhaps it would be a good idea to add a second series providing entertainment for children and families.

“The initial year was a pilot program, it was successful and we have kept it going,” he said. “Programs like the concert and KidStage provide entertainment and they bring people to CityCenter Englewood who might not get down this way otherwise.”