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Live Electric Company Circuit Tour Show is Monday, October 12

Media Contact: Donna Dickman, Electric Company publicist, (917) 328-7332, (212) 875-6352,
Project Contact:  Beth Spezia, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-5595,

Carbondale, IL - Reporters, camera crews, and photographers are invited to cover an electrifying live performance of the national Electric Company Circuit Tour, coming to Rent One Ballpark in Marion, Illinois on Monday, October 12 from 1-3:30pm. Williamson County Pavilion, also in Marion, will serve as the alternate rain location for this event.

The Circuit Tour is a free, 90-minute multimedia literacy experience for youngsters ages 6 through 9 based on The Electric Company TV series on PBS. The TV series is a revamped version of the old 1970s children's program of the same name, updated with a fresh new cast and music that invites youngsters into a world where reading and learning are hip.

This live event opens at 1pm with a parade around the stadium, then will move to a stage show at 1:15pm headed by beat box artist Chris Sullivan, also known as Shock on The Electric Company TV series. Shock works with Beatboxer Entertainment and has performed at venues such as Madison Square Garden with Doug E. Fresh, Rahzel, Biz Markie, and many other nationally-known beatboxers. Shock also performs with the hip-hop comedy group Freestyle Love Supreme.

Approximately 475 pre-registered area children ages 6 through 9 will be on the field at Rent One Ballpark to participate in hands-on activities during and after the show, and also will receive a variety of educational materials to take home. Additional guests have been invited to join the fun in the stadium stands.

Other activities planned for include having children color a giant Electric Company mural, and two games, including the Transformer H Dash, an educational spelling game, and Silhouette Shout Out, which focuses on memory retention.

Students from schools in Cairo, Carbondale, DuQuoin, Eldorado, Marion, Murphysboro, Harrisburg, Herrin, Johnston City, and West Frankfort are already registered to be in attendance. Youth organizations sending children include Attucks Community Service Board in Carbondale, the Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale, NAACP Youth Group, Carbondale Park District, I Can Read of Southern Illinois, Cub Scout Packs #37, 60, and 77, and several groups from private after-school centers in various communities.

NOTE: It is important that media arrive a half an hour before the show begins to avoid disrupting the performance once it is underway. Media also are invited to remain after the show to capture footage of children engaging in post-show activities.

12pm:  Registration, engage children in Monster Mural coloring activity
12:40pm:  Event preparation, get parade participants ready for start of show, get emcee on stage, secure talent
1pm:  Opening Ceremony, parade around stadium, Boys & Girls Club sing song
1:15-1:45pm:  Live performance begins, with Shock on stage. SIUC students will do a dance and teach kids dance steps
1:45-2:15pm:  Post-show activity 1: Transformer H Dash
2:15-2:45pm:  Post-show activity 2: Silhouette Shout Out
2:45-3:30pm:  Media interviews with Shock (schedule with Donna Dickman, publicist, at 917-328-7332 or 212-875-6352

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