Family Favorite Chris Rowlands to Bring Songs, Puppets and Fun to the Zoo This Summer

Fri, 06/17/2011

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - June 17, 2011 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is pleased to announce the return of family favorite entertainer, Chris Rowlands. Beginning in June and extending through July and August 2011, Rowlands will be the featured children's performer at Connecticut's only zoo. Famous for getting everyone involved, Rowlands brings animals to life through song, dance, puppets, and colorful props, to teach children about animals and their habitats. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along with Rowlands on stage as he shares his self- penned songs. All Rowlands' performances will be free with paid admission to the Zoo. 

"Chris has an amazing ability to captivate audiences," explained Gregg Dancho, Zoo Director. "Every year his performances are packed so we're excited to have him with us for the whole summer. He has an incredible gift for educating kids in an interactive and fun way."

Every day from June 19 - July 2 and July 25 - August 7, Rowlands is set to take the stage at the Zoo doing three shows a day. Chris Rowlands' interactive, kid-friendly, get up and dance shows will take place at 11:00 A.M., 1:00 P.M., and 3:00 P.M. All shows will be 30-35 minutes long. Rowlands has created one of a kind music just for Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo incorporating conservation and animal enrichment as well as introducing visitors to some of the new furry friends that are new to the Zoo, including the Snowy Owls, Bald Eagles, Vampire Bats, and more.

Chris Rowlands creatively blends music, comedy, and education to create fast paced shows that teach and inspire young people. The Environment magazine honored Rowlands by awarding him its first "E Award" for his environmental education programs. Through public performances and in-school artistic residencies he brings his lessons about nature and conservation to more than 60,000 students, teacher, and parents each year.

Also debuting this summer is "Animal Bytes, " a new program offering a free behind-the-scenes tour of the Zoo - without having to take a step. These personal live animal shows were specially designed based on the Zoo's most frequently requested programs. Animal Bytes gives Zoo guests the chance to meet amazing animals up close, get answers one-on-one from expert Zoo staff, and learn how to get involved at the Zoo. There will be five (5) different mini-shows lasting approximately 15 minutes each: five minute presentations, five minutes of an animal encounter, and five minutes for questions and answers. Visitors will also have the opportunity to take photos with the staff and featured animals.

Both innovative outreach programs are made possible with the support from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

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