Behind the Scenes at Tryon Palace: Costume Shop

Tuesday, October 3 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Tryon Palace historic clothing interpreter Leslie Lambrecht will lead a tour of the historic Jones House with a brief description of the house and then through the Tryon Palace Costume Shop on the first floor of the house. The costumer will discuss historical clothing research, the sewing techniques used in the past, and current projects for upcoming events.

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Australian Wine Dinner

Wednesday, October 4 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Join James Gosper from the Great Australian Wine Company as we explore wines from the Woodstock Vineyard and Wicks Vineyard. Five unique wines paired with five different food courses. Just $30 per person.

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Distinctly Bronze East 2017

Thursday, October 5 at 2:00pm to Sunday, October 8 at 7:00pm

Distinctly Bronze is an event for advanced hand bell musicians presented by the Hand bell Musicians of America. The event returns to New Bern for the 12th year, October 5th-8th, 2017. Musicians from all over the U.S. gather at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center for rehearsals Thursday, October 5, through Sunday, October 8, culminating in a public concert on Sunday, October 8 at 4:00 PM. Observers are welcome during rehearsals.

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Smooth Jazz with David Robinson

Thursday, October 5 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Saxophonist David Robinson plays smooth jazz for our Supper Club Thursdays. Come and relax with us. Enjoy a meal or sip your favorite wine.

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The Man Who Knew Infinity

Friday, October 6 at 2:30pm

This absorbing biopic recounts the life of self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, who made his way to Trinity College at Cambridge in 1913 and rose to prominence under the tutelage of renowned math professor G.H. Hardy. From abject poverty in India, Ramanujan fights against racism and cultural differences to study, develop and publish his mathematical theories. His relationship with Professor Hardy grew from one of challenge to one of shared admiration as their worlds began to collide with the beginning of WWI. The Man Who Knew Infinity is an inspiring testament to professional talent and familial devotion.

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ArtWalk and ARTcrawl

Friday, October 6 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

ArtWalk and ARTcrawl are a fun, casual celebration of art and community in downtown New Bern, held every second Friday of each month (yes, even in winter!). It begins at 5 p.m. and usually goes till 8 p.m.–but on warm summer nights, it has been known to go on until 10 o’clock. You’re invited to stroll along the sidewalks, drop in on shops and galleries, and dine at one of many fine restaurants and lively taverns on your way.

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Run To Win

Saturday, October 7 at 9:00am

Come out and support the Nationwide God's Man Conference, with our 2nd annual 5k and 1 mile family fun run. Food, fun and fellowship will follow!

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Lewis n Clark

Saturday, October 7 from 7:30pm to 10pm

Lewis n' Clark with Blue Moon Jazz! One Night Only! VIP Seating (first three rows) - $25.00 (includes ONE free drink), General Reserved Seating - $20.00, (plus tax). Tickets can be purchased by calling 252-633-0567 or by stopping by 412 Pollock Street T-F 10am to 4pm. The theatre box office window will open starting 1 hour prior to the start of the performance for walkup sales only.

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Dinner on 5 Continents

Saturday, October 7 at 6pm

Taste, See, Hear and Experience the world during Dinner on 5 Continents. Enjoy an exquisitely prepared small plate international menu featuring cuisines from Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. Interfaith Refugee Ministry is hosting the 4th annual Dinner on 5 Continents in New Bern on Saturday, October 7th at Christ Church Harrison Center at 311 Middle Street. There will also be a silent auction, raffle, live music and entertainment.

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Parenting With Love and Leadership

Sunday, October 8 from 2:00pm to 5:30pm

Children depend on parents for the two L-words of Love and Leadership. In today’s parenting culture, Love is often weakened by well-intentioned enabling, and Leadership is weakened by the equally well-intentioned attempt to be “popular” with one’s children. In this entertaining and thought-provoking talk, John tells parents how to deliver these two essential parenting ingredients in ways that strengthen children emotionally and help them grow into responsible, compassionate citizens. John helps parents understand how to best deliver love and leadership from toddlerhood right on through the teenage years. He introduces important and provocative concepts, such as Why Children Love to Be Ignored. John also addresses how the subtle but substantive changes of the adult female’s role in parenting is changing our culture…and not for the better.

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Rollerland All Day Skate

Monday, October 9 from 7:30am to 5:30pm

7:30-5:30, $12 includes lunch and snack.

After 2:30 pm $7 includes snack.

Regular skates are included with admission

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Behind the Scenes at Tryon Palace: Museum Technology

Tuesday, October 10 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Rob Jones, Tryon Palace Multi-Media Coordinator, will take visitors on a tour inside the technology that operates the interactive exhibits inside the North Carolina History Center. Get an in-depth look into making history come alive and learn how Tryon Palace combines modern technology with meeting educational goals inside the Pepsi Family Center and Regional History Museum.

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Connect with Craven Community Outreach

Tuesday, October 10 from 4:00pm to 7:30pm

Connect with Craven County employees and elected officials. Explore Craven County Government services and equipment. See first-hand how Craven County works for citizens every day at this free community outreach event! Visit demonstrations and educational booths from all Craven County Departments such as Emergency Services, Solid Waste, Environmental Health, Public Health, Social Services, Sheriff and Jail, Tax, Administration and many more. Also visit demonstrations and educational booths from Craven County’s funded partner agencies such as Craven County Schools, Trillium, Craven Community College, CarolinaEast Medical Center, Clerk of Court and many more.

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North Carolina Symphony Presents Toe-Tapping Pops

Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30pm

Join the North Carolina Symphony for an evening of timeless and toe-tapping pops! Hear the can-can, the Sabre Dance, and more—plus, Scott MacLeod sings Rodgers & Hammerstein favorites from "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" to "Some Enchanted Evening."

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Lunch & Learn, Hoi Toiders, Whistle Pigs and Kelvinators, Talkin’ Tarheel with Walt Wolfram

Thursday, October 12 at 11:30am

If you’ve ever spotted a whistle pig or know what a Kelvinator is, then you just might be fluent in Tar Heel. If you pronounce Buies Creek, Cashie River and Chicamacomico like a native, then you might be fluent in Tar Heel. The linguistic diversity and dialects of North Carolina will be the topic of the October 12 Lunch & Learn at the Chelsea Restaurant at 11:30 am. Linguist Walt Wolfram will share stories, sights, and sounds from his book Talkin’ Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina (UNC Press, 2014). North Carolina’s dialects go beyond the stereotypical Southern twang. Wolfram explores the distinct dialects of African-Americans, recent Spanish-speaking immigrants, mountain residents, the Cherokee and Lumbee, and the Hoi Toiders – “High Tiders,” a nickname for Outer Banks natives.

Walt Wolfram is William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University, where he also directs the North Carolina Language and Life Project. He has pioneered research on social and ethnic dialects since the 1960s and published more than 20 books and over 300 articles. He is also co-author of Hoi Toide on the Outer Banks: The Story of the Ocracoke Brogue.

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Vintage Thursday with Alisa Mike

Thursday, October 12 from 6:30pm from 8:30pm

Popular local singer Alisa Mike serenades us with jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. Vintage nights with Alisa are a wonderful trip back through time. She is a true artist and a voice you must hear!

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Fall Garden Lovers Weekend at Tryon Palace

Friday, October 13 at 9:00am to Sunday, October 15 6:00pm

Visit Tryon Palace Grounds for free during Mumfest weekend. Hundreds of mums will be on display in our gardens along with a variety of fall blooming plants. Want to take home some of that fall blooming splendor?  Our Fall Heritage Plant Sale will be held Friday and Saturday on the Daves House Lawn just off George and Pollock Streets. The Tryon Palace garden shop will also be open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with gardening gift selections. Every year, the Tryon Palace Fall Heritage Plant Sale coincides with Mumfest, a weekend-long event sponsored by the City of New Bern and produced by Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp., that is one of the finest award winning festivals in the state of North Carolina. The combination of family fun, entertainment, attractions, exhibitors and savory foods in the beautifully restored setting of downtown New Bern and its waterfront, is enjoyed by more than 90,000 festival-goers every fall. Now in its 37th year, Mumfest 2017 promises another grand fall weekend of family fun. Free garden admission; interior tours require the purchase of a ticket.

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Tryon Palace’s Fall Heritage Plant Sale

Friday, October 13 at 9:00am to Saturday, October 14 at 5:00pm

After viewing the hundreds of chrysanthemums on display in our gardens, visit the Fall Heritage Plant Sale to find your own ornamental kale, flowering asters, or mums for your fall and winter garden.  Now is the best time to plant trees and shrubs for next year’s display in your historic garden! Visit Tryon Palace’s Fall Heritage Plant Sale for annuals, perennials, herbs and fall vegetables. Tryon Palace’s Fall Heritage Plant Sale offers only plants grown locally and in our nursery yard. Supplies are limited so come early for the best selection. The Tryon Palace garden shop will also be open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with gardening gift selections.

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MumFest Kickoff Concert

Friday, October 13 at 5:15pm to 10:00pm

October 13 is MumFest’s Kick-off concert taking place right here in Eastern North Carolina! Presented by Swiss Bear, Inc. on the South Lawn of Tryon Palace, The Kick-off Concert features headliner Brett Young, season four winner of the Voice Danielle Bradbery, and New Bern favorite Bryan Mayer!

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Seussical Jr.


Fridays & Saturdays, October 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30pm

Sundays, October 15 & 22 at 3:00pm

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

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MumFest 2017

Saturday, October 14 to Sunday, October 15

MumFest is a combination of family fun, entertainment, attractions, exhibitors and great food in the beautifully restored setting of historic downtown New Bern and its waterfront. More than 100,000 festival-goers enjoyed Mumfestivities in 2016. And, MumFest 2017 promises to be another fabulous fun-filled fall weekend!  So be sure to mark your calendar for October 14-15! MumFest is one of the finest award-winning festivals in the state of North Carolina. It is recognized statewide as a major eastern North Carolina family festival and has received numerous awards over the years to include Best NC Main Street Downtown Event, Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 October events, and the Sun Journal Reader’s Choice winner as Best Festival for many years running. MumFest is a great weekend for visitors of all ages!

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Fight Like a Girl Masquerade

Saturday, October 14 from 9:00pm to 1:30am

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and LIVE is hosting our first annual Fight Like a Girl Masquerade! Come and celebrate the strength of the millions of women affected by this disease every day. We'll have music pumping, dancing, and the kitchen will be brewing up some special treats. $1 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for every cocktail or food item sold. We encourage you to arrive in your best masquerade attire :) No cover, just fun! Visit to learn more or make a contribution. In 2017 alone, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,410 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. Can't wait to celebrate and save the ta-ta's with you all!

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African American Heritage Tour

Sunday, October 15 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Tryon Palace’s African American Heritage Tour explores the history and heritage of more than 20 historic locations around downtown New Bern. New Bern served as a haven for many African Americans during the early stages of the Civil War after Union forces occupied New Bern in 1862. The city’s African American population was the majority population in the area from 1800 to the 1930s. Conditions like this allowed the African American community to thrive in New Bern. Many of the city’s houses and public buildings were built by African American craftsmen, while the city was also home to some of the oldest African American congregations in the Southeast. The Tryon Palace African American Heritage Tour will be offered March to November on the third Sunday of each month. Tours begin at the Waystation, located on the corner of George and Pollock streets, at 2 p.m. Tickets are included with the purchase of a One Day Pass, or may be purchased separately. Admission is free for Tryon Palace Foundation members.

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Behind the Scenes at Tryon Palace: Gardens

Tuesday, October 17 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Fall is here and Tryon Palace Greenhouse and Gardens Manager, Hadley Cheris will meet guests at the Waystation to discover what is popping up in the 16 acres of Tryon Palace Gardens. (Tour cancelled only in the event of thunder and lightning.)

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Spooky Stories from North Carolina

Thursday, October 19 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm

In honor of Halloween and all things spooky, the Tryon Palace Performance Arts Series presents “Spooky Stories from North Carolina,” a one-hour performance by North Carolina native Terry Rollins. Terry is a professional storyteller who specializes in North Carolina folktales, ghost stories, pirate legends, and Native American lore. Join us, if you dare! Ghouls of all ages are welcome. “Spooky Stories from North Carolina” is an installment of the Tryon Palace Performance Arts Series.

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Scary Stories from North Carolina

Thursday, October 19 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

In honor of Halloween and all things spooky, the Tryon Palace Performance Arts Series presents “Scary Stories from North Carolina,” a one-hour performance by North Carolina native Terry Rollins. Terry is a professional storyteller who specializes in North Carolina folktales, ghost stories, pirate legends, and Native American lore. Join us, if you dare!

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Havelock Chili Festival

Friday, October 20 to Saturday, October 21

36th Annual Havelock Chili Festival is a community event that raises money to support local charities and non-profit groups in and around Havelock. Friday, October 20, 5:00pm to 9:00 pm. Saturday, October 21, 10:00am to 5:00pm.

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Lunch and Learn: A History of Costumes

Friday, October 20 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Tryon Palace staff will lead a look at the tradition of costumes and masquerades throughout history during the October Lunch and Learn. This monthly brownbag lunch series will be held in the North Carolina History Center. Tickets for each event are $6 per person and free for Tryon Palace Foundation members. Each Lunch and Learn will begin at noon and guests will meet in Mattocks Hall inside the North Carolina History Center.

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Wings Over Bridgeton

Saturday, October 21 to Sunday, October 22

Seaplane fly-ins, also known as “splash-ins” occur when numbers of pilots and families decide to fly to a specific area for a gathering. The aircraft are spectacular to watch as they land and take off from the water’s surface but more than that, they spend much of the day doing flying exhibitions. When not flying the aircraft are open for view to the public and pilots delight in answering questions about their craft. It’s an up close and personal experience that is more than rare in eastern North Carolina and uncommon in the rest of the country. It’s fun to compare the different kinds of seaplanes, some with propellers in the front like normal planes and some and some have props mounted on the rear acting as “pushers”. Styles range from airplanes on floats to flying boats! Most are amphibians which can operate from land OR sea!

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At the Gallery: WC Handy

Saturday, October 21 at 6:30pm

The “Father of Blues,” William Christopher Handy was born in 1873 in Florence, Alabama. The son and grandson of Methodist ministers, his father opposed Handy playing secular music, and would only pay for organ lessons. Some accounts say Handy joined a minstrel group at the age of 15, performing in the traveling show until they disbanded. He received a degree in 1892 from the Teachers Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1892, which he used to teach in between bands and minstrel groups he joined. In 1912 Handy released “Memphis Blues,” widely considered to be the first blues song ever published. An integral part to the 20th-century popularization of the blues, other hits by Handy include “St Louis Blues,” “Beale St Blues,” and “Yellow Dog Blues.” Jon Shain is a veteran singer-songwriter who combines improvised piedmont blues with swing, ragtime, and bluegrass. He released four albums and toured with his Chapel Hill based group “Flying Mice” and their spin off “Wake,” before returning to blues and folk roots in his solo career. He has recorded as a guest artist with Jim Avett, Greg Humphreys,  and Danna Kletter, and his playing his been featured in documentary films and shows. He currently has eight studio albums and is working towards his ninth, a duet album with Joe Newberry.

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Tenth Avenue North at Temple Church

Saturday, October 21 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Tenth Avenue North's “I Have This Hope” Tour with Brandon Heath and Jon McLaughlin at Temple Church.

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Centenary's Annual Trunk or Treat Celebration

Wednesday, October 25 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Centenary's Annual Trunk or Treat celebration!!! Free hot dog dinner. Following dinner, join the trunk or treat fun! Wear your costume, bring a friend, bag for your goodies, and be ready to have safe Halloween fun!  It is not required to have a decorated car to participate, but we gladly welcome all those who are willing to join in the decorating fun! Participating cars must be parked by 5:30 and cannot be moved until 7p, to ensure everyone’s safety. Contact for more information.

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Ghostwalk 2017, Heroes & Hooligans: They Walk Among Us

Thursday, October 26 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Friday, October 27 & Saturday, October 28 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Visit ghost sites in homes, churches, businesses and Cedar Grove Cemetery in New Bern’s Historic District and meet spirits of New Bern’s past who will share their stories with you. Get to know some of New Bern’s real characters and scoundrels. Catch up with the Dowd family and their Verigood Bakery, this time in the Cold War period. Witness special spirited presentations at the historic Athens and the Masonic theatres. Don’t worry, all these ghosts are from New Bern’s history, not from science fiction!

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Halloween Spooktacular

Friday, October 27 to Saturday, October 28

Join us for a fun fill weekend of ghost and goblins. Activities could include a glow stick hayride and costume parade. Prizes for best costume and best decorated site.

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The 2nd Annual Haunted Temple

Friday, October 27 to Tuesday, October 31

We are excited to announce that the 2nd Annual Haunted Temple returns to downtown New Bern from October 27-31. We will run it nightly from 7pm until the last visitor leaves or goes missing????! We hope to see everyone come out and help support us! The cost will still be $5 at the door and we have added a few new exciting things this year, one being that the caution food truck will be on site as needed to help with your food cravings! If you haven't done it yet, like our page on Facebook (Sudan Burnouts) for exciting details on this and all our activities in the community!

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All Hallows Eve at Tryon Palace

Saturday, October 28 from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Ghouls, ghosts, and witches are taking over Tryon Palace! Bring the kids dressed in their favorite costume and get into the Halloween spirit with crafts, games, and of course, candy! While wandering the haunted grounds, you’ll encounter friendly witches, ghouls, and ghosts. Designed for ages 12 and under, the brave children who attend “All Hallows’ Eve” will trick-or-treat to receive candy and toys by meeting characters, and playing games. They will even be able to make a craft. All passes for All Hallows’ Eve include admission to the Tryon Palace gardens.

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Saturday, October 28 at 10:00am

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help participants reach their fundraising goal. While there is no fee to register, we encourage participants to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. Take the first step by finding a Walk near you. Once you register, you will have access to a wide range of tools and support through your customized Participant Center. Join us and lead the way to Alzheimer's first survivor. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease!

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WRNS Run, Witch, Run for St Jude

Saturday, October 28 from 7:00am to 10:00am

Run, Witch, Run is Back!! Grab your friends, family, costume & come run/walk with us!! Benefitting the kids at St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital! Powered by Handy Mart! Get Registered Now!!! Take your registrations to Party Makers in Greenville for $5 off $50, and make sure to say hey to Harley Davidson of New Bern the day of at Registration! Love having everyone take part in this fun filled charity event!

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Annual Fall Festival

Sunday, October 29 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Dress up in your Halloween Costumes and come and join us for our Annual Fall Festival hosted by the Christ Church EYC. Rotate through different game stations and visit our Haunted Hallway. Dinner is provided as well. $5 per Family. Invite your friends! All are Welcome!

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North Carolina Symphony Presents Peter and the Wolf

Sunday, October 29 at 3:00pm

Halloween favorites and pre-concert activities make for a family fun event! The North Carolina Symphony and the Triangle Youth Ballet bring Prokofiev's timeless story of bravery to life on stage through playful music, colorful costumes, and beautiful dance.

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