Take a Voyage with the Genesee Center for the Arts and The Incredible Jungle Journey of Fenda Maria

The Genesee Center for the Arts at Genesee Community College continues its commitment to introducing the performing arts to children and families throughout the Western New York area by presenting the modern children’s fable, The Incredible Jungle Journey of Fenda Maria. Daytime school performances of the show are scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2009 through Friday, March 27, 2009, with one final performance for the public on Friday, March 27, 2009 at 7:30PM.

Written by Jack Stokes and produced by special arrangement with Summerwind Productions (www.summerwindproductions.com/fenda), The Incredible Jungle Journey of Fenda Maria is the story of a young girl who, with the help of a village doctor, must travel through the jungle in order to save a prince from an evil witch. With help from the audience, Fenda Maria and her friends ultimately learn what’s important – the meaning of being a good person.

Cast members include Jessica Francis (Perry, NY) as Jabo the Narrator, Samara Brown (Bronx, NY) as the Doctor, Robert E. Reiss (Elba, NY) as Chief Man, Edward Wolfe (Arcade, NY) as Takaya the Witch, and Crystal Ray (Bronx, NY) in the title role of Fenda Maria. Additional cast members (in alphabetical order) include Alicia Derefinko (Batavia, NY), Johnny Dow (Rochester, NY), Alex Falu (New York, NY), Heather Hilderbrandt (Lockport, NY), Brianna Kaminskas (Brockport, NY), Stephanie Martinez (New York, NY), Darlene Parsons (New York, NY), Tara Pocock (Batavia, NY), Amanda Ramsey (Attica, NY), Shayna Schultz (Batavia, NY), Maria Seewaldt (Warsaw, NY), Mark J. Sidor (Auburn, NY), Anjelica Sistrunk (Syracuse, NY) and Henry Sistrunk (Syracuse, NY).

The Incredible Jungle Journey of Fenda Maria is being directed by Norm Gayford, professor in the Humanities Department at Genesee Community College, with technical direction by Ed Hallborg, Technical Director and Technical Theatre faculty member at the Genesee Center for the Arts. Scenic design is by Norm Gayford and Ed Hallborg, with lighting design by Genna Wiseman and Massimo Marino, and sound design by Anjelica Sistrunk.

General admission ticket prices for Friday, March 27, 2009 at 7:30PM are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for senior citizens, students and Genesee faculty, and $2.00 for Genesee students with a valid ID. For more information on the daytime school performances of The Incredible Jungle Journey of Fenda Maria, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts at 585/343-0055 x6814. For ticket information or reservations, contact the Box Office at 585/343-0055 x6814 or by email to BoxOffice@genesee.edu. The Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office accepts cash and checks only, credit cards are not accepted. Genesee Community College is located in Batavia, NY, just 2 minutes from NYS Thruway Exit 48. Visit www.genesee.edu for door-to-door driving directions sent via email.
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