Theater for the kids!

June 21-24, June 28-July 1
Becky Manuel directs 41 adults and children in a musical version of the J.M. Barrie classic, “Peter Pan,” at the Panola Playhouse in Sardis. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. for all Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances, and at 2:30 for the two Sunday matinees. Free admission for members; for others tickets are $5, $7 or $10 at the theater from now until just before each performance. For reservations and information call 662-487-3975 or visit

June 22-July 1
DeSoto Family Theatre, located at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southhaven, will be presenting Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical “Oklahoma!” Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. There will be a special “Pay-What-You-Can” night on Thursday, June 28th, at 7 p.m. For more information, please visit or call (662) 280-6546.



Many experts agree that the child’s emotional development is dependent upon the care received at an early age. The child who receives love, attention, and the encouragement to explore and learn is most likely to develop an “amygdala,” a part of the brain which allows a person to calm himself. “…the parts of the brain that process emotion grow and mature relatively early in a child and are very sensitive to parental feedback and handling.”

–Magic Trees of the Mind
Marian Diamond, Ph.D. and Janet Hopson

The Dance of 1000 Hands

Thousand-Hand Guan Yin

There is an awesome dance, called the Thousand-Hand Guanyin, which is making the rounds across the net. Considering the tight coordination required, their accomplishment is nothing short of amazing, even if they were not all deaf. Yes, you read correctly. All 21 of the dancers are complete deaf-mutes. Relying only on signals from trainers at the four corners of the stage, these extraordinary dancers deliver a visual spectacle that is at once intricate and stirring. Its first major international debut was in Athens last year at the closing ceremonies for the 2004 Paralympics. But it had long been in the repertoire of the Chinese Disabled Persons’ Performing Art Troupe and had traveled to more than 40 countries. Its lead dancer is 29 year old Tai Lihua, who has a BA from the Hubei Fine Arts Institute. The video was recorded in Beijing during the Spring Festival this year. More information

As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
A thousand hands will naturally come to your aid
As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
You will reach out with a thousand hands to help others