Spotlight on Splash!: Meet Ernesto Hodison Jr. and Amelia Osborn

An outdoor, drive-in performance. Two ways to view. Splash! is here.


Meet Ernesto Hodison Jr. and Amelia Osborn, performers in Splash!, the Lawrence Arts Center’s newest outdoor, drive-in performance for very young children ages 0-6!

Ernesto is a singer, entertainer, dreamer, and on most days, an aspiring water bender. His favorite kind of water is hot water! In his down time, you can find him singing, watching cartoons, and enjoying the the company of his three gentle (and giant) baby tarantulas named Diala, Nazeer, and Godfoot. When they grow up, he hopes to help others who want to conquer their fear of spiders.

Amelia Osborn is a theatre artist and student originally from Lawrence, KS. Some of the things that bring her the most joy are brightly-colored pants, fluffy clouds, and sparkling water. She can often times be found under a fuzzy blanket or spending time with her many plants.


So what is Splash! and how does it work?

Welcome to Splash!, an outdoor, drive-in style performance for very young children and their families that explores the wacky world of water, soap, and bubbles! How does water like to dance? What sounds do bubbles make? Do cars like to take baths? We explore these questions (and more!) in a performance directly inspired by the ideas, sounds, and movements of children ages 2-6 in our Play Lab research series. Join our Splash! investigators as they spray water hoses, create giant bubbles, and make a big soapy mess!

Splash! performances will be held outdoors where we invite families to pull their vehicles into a socially distanced parking spot. From there, you have two options for how to experience this performance.

Car Wash Style: Stay inside your parked vehicle with the windows rolled up and we will send the music and vocals directly into your space through a designated radio station. Think of this option as a silly car wash experience where you can hear and see the performance, but also interact together as a family.

Splash Zone Style: Sit just outside of your parked vehicle within your designated zone and bring your own water-safe seating (like lawn chairs). If you select this option, please note that you are guaranteed to get wet, so wear your water gear and bring towels for comfort on the ride home! If sitting in the Splash Zone, we ask families to follow the CDC guidelines on mask-wearing for all audience members age two and up.

What do Ernesto and Amelia do for Splash!?

Ernesto and Amelia were researchers in our Play Lab Series and serve as two of five collaborator/performers in Splash!. After studying the ideas of our very young partners, both of these performers are busy bringing all kinds of magical moments to life. Ernesto is all about going to the carwash, studying slugs, and waiting patiently for it to rain. Amelia is an expert at running like a cheetah, finding strawberry fish, and making giant puddles.


Get your tickets for Splash! here!