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ONU kicks off Young People's Series with 'Matias and the Strawberry Cake' puppet show

Jan 3, 2007

"Matias and the Strawberry Cake," performed by a life-sized puppet theatre troupe from Mexico, kicks off the Ohio Northern University's Young People's Series in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 13 at 2 and at 8 p.m.

The 10-person troupe from San Luis, Potosi, presents the story of Matias, a 5-year-old boy who falls asleep and dreams of a piece of cake, left in the refrigerator at his house. He struggles with whether or not to eat the cake, feeling guilty for wanting it. "Guilt" becomes a monster that Matias faces in an adventurous but unknown dream world. The play transcends the language barriers of the Mexican cast and offers a light-hearted yet thought-provoking show.

Puppet workshops will be held Friday, Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. in the Freed Center studio theater and at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 in McIntosh Center. Both workshops are free and open to the public.

"Matias and the Strawberry Cake" is underwritten in part by Robinson Fin Machines, Inc., Kenton, Ohio. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens and $9 for children 12 years and under. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with MasterCard, VISA or Discover by calling (419) 772-1900.

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