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It's time once again for one of Memphis' most family-friendly pay-what-you-can arts events, Voices of the South's Memphis Children's Theatre Festival, held on the Rhodes College campus. Now in its eighth year, the popular festival kicks off summer vacation by bringing together artists and companies from Memphis and the surrounding region for two days filled with new plays, kids' classics, live music, theater-related crafts, and circus acts courtesy of ReBelle Entertainment.

The Children's Theatre Festival has become a launchpad for new original works by the host company. This year, Voices premieres It's All Greek to Me, which was developed and directed by company co-founder Alice Rainey Berry. Voices will also revive one of its most charming works, Wilhelmina Millicent's World of Imagination, a micro-musical based on the poems of Eudora Welty Prize-winning author Dana Berbette with original music by Virginia Ralph.

Tap dancing and improv workshops will be held, and Memphis storyteller Elaine Blanchard will share her unique gift.

Other performances include Charlotte's Web, presented by Playhouse on the Square; selections from The Little Mermaid Jr. by St. Mary's; Disney's Aladdin Jr. by Germantown Community Theatre; Dandelion Wishes: A Cinderella Story and Rikki Tikki Tavi from Theatre Memphis' ShoWagon; The Ant and the Grasshopper by Cazateatro; Romeo and Juliet by the Memphis Black Arts Alliance; Blackbird and Coppelia and other dances by the Roudnev Youth Ballet; and Hey! Hey! Goodspell! by solo performer Darius Wallace.

The festival kicks off Friday, May 24th, at 6 p.m., with It's All Greek to Me, followed by the Big Top Bop, with dancing and circus snacks. The action begins anew Saturday, May 25th, at 9:30 a.m.

8th Annual Memphis Children's Theatre Festival, Rhodes College campus, Friday-Saturday, May 24th-25th. voicesofthesouth.org

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