An on-your-feet, outdoor performance. Join us on a journey over, under, and all around the Ballard Center playground!
Meet Sadie Barbee and Bradley McKellip, performers in Over, Under, All Around, the Lawrence Arts Center’s newest outdoor playground performance for very young children ages 2-6!
Sadie Barbee is a young, passionate creative who can be seen watching coffee-making videos and K-Pop dance videos online everyday! She loves singing, dancing, acting, and eating any form of fried potatoes. She likes watching Netflix, playing card games, and reading about her favorite person: Jesus Christ! Sadie’s favorite month of the year is December because it’s full of joy, coziness, holidays, and her birthday. She is ready to have lots of fun during Over, Under, All Around.
Bradley McKellip is a multi-instrumentalist in that every few years he acquires something new to make noises, whether he knows how to operate it or not. This has been happening for… 20-some years? Almost as long as he’s enjoyed exhausting himself on jungle gyms. Most recently, he has been featured in local Americana band The Roseline.
Exactly what is Over, Under, All Around and how does it work?
Welcome to Over, Under, All Around, an interactive playground performance for very young children and their families that investigates how our wild imaginations can transform a playground into anything! Are swings actually rocket ships? What creatures like to live inside slides? Are monkey bars made out of bananas? We will explore these questions (and more!) in an up-on-our-feet performance directly inspired by the ideas, sounds, and movements of children ages 2-6 in our Play Lab research series. Join our Play Engineers as they investigate all the possibilities of a playground! This production is built in partnership with the Ballard Center.
Over, Under, All Around performances will be held outdoors at the Ballard Center Playground. This performance is fully interactive and almost entirely on your feet. Children will be able to interact with our performers and each other, play on the playground equipment, and explore fantastical moments of performance hidden throughout. Due to the interactive nature of this performance, social distancing cannot be fully maintained. As a result, we ask all audience members age 2 and up to wear masks. Our performers will also wear masks throughout the performance. All playground equipment will be cleaned in between performances using our Tersano cleaning system. Our ticketing system is non-contact, so tickets must be purchased in advance. Each performance experience will last between 35-45 minutes .
What do Sadie and Bradley do for Over, Under, All Around?
Sadie and Bradley were researchers in our Play Lab Series and serve as two of five collaborator/performers in Over, Under, All Around. After studying the ideas of our very young partners, both of these performers are busy bringing all kinds of magical moments to life. Sadie is looking for rainbow fish, hiding from tigers in the trees, and flying like a magic bird. Bradley is our expert musician and uses his banjo, guitar, and mandolin to make wild music!