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Angelina Ballerina™ Coming to Marion, Illinois on Saturday, June 11

For Immediate Release
Friday, June 3, 2011

Local Contact: Beth Spezia, Educational Outreach Coordinator, WSIU Public Broadcasting, (618) 453-5595, beth.spezia@wsiu.org

Carbondale / Marion, Ill. -- The Friends of WSIU and WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), invite families to meet PBS KIDS character Angelina Ballerina™ on Saturday, June 11 from 11am-1pm at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center, 800 Tower Square Plaza, Marion, Illinois. The little star with big dreams will be available for photos during 30-minute intervals. Angelina is appearing prior to the Southern Illinois Music Festival's 2pm matinée performance of "Giselle."

In addition to meeting Angelina Ballerina, children will create fun art projects, practice dance steps with local ballerinas, learn about musical instruments from members of the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and get educational materials to take home.

Guests are encouraged to bring their cameras for photos with Angelina!

Based on the original best-selling children's book series by author Katharine Holabird and illustrator Helen Craig, Angelina Ballerina ™ The Next Steps follows the now eight-year-old Angelina as she embarks on the next stage in her life at a performing arts school, Camembert Academy. The series finds Angelina making new friends and experiencing various forms of music and dance including ballet, modern, tap, jazz, opera, ballroom, and hip hop, as well as ethnic music and dance from around the world.

Each episode also includes Camembert's Shining Stars, a live-action interstitial featuring talented young performers who demonstrate their love of music and dance. The series introduces young children to the joys of movement, artistic expression, musicality, imagination, and coordination. A team of accredited dance instructors and music education specialists helped develop the show's arts education curriculum. Creative consultants from the American Ballet Theatre helped choreograph the dance movements animated on the program, ensuring that they are age-appropriate for the characters.

Angelina BallerinaThe Next Steps airs on WSIU-TV 8 and WUSI-TV 16 on Sundays at 8:30am. The series is a production of HIT Entertainment and THIRTEEN for WNET. 2011 HIT Entertainment Limited.

About WSIU Public Broadcasting
WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach department.

WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at wsiu.org and on WSIU's Facebook and Twitter pages.

WSIU's programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

About HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT's portfolio includes properties such as Barney™, Bob the Builder™, Thomas & Friends™, Pingu™, Fireman Sam™, Angelina Ballerina™, and Rainbow Magic™. HIT represents Chapman Entertainment's Fifi and the Flowertots™ and Roary the Racing Car™ in North America, as well as Wallace & Gromit™, Shaun the Sheep™, and Aardman Classics from Aardman Animations. HIT also acts as representative for The Wiggles® in the UK. Launched in 1989, HIT's lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing, and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong, and Japan. HIT is a part-owner of US-based preschool channel, PBS KIDS SproutSM, and international preschool channel JimJam (outside of the US, UK and China). For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com. #  #  #

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