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January 9, 2013 (San Diego) -- Local master teaching artist and educator Jerry Hager and The San Diego State University Performing Arts Troupe present “The Enchanted Bookshoppe” as part of the Free Family Arts and Literacy Connection series on January 31 at 6:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s multipurpose room at 6605 University Avenue, San Diego.  The Free Family Arts and Literacy series is a partnership between The Salvation Army Kroc Center and Young Audiences of San Diego.

Hager, a resident of Santee, has been a theater mime artist since 1980.  He teaches acting and is a Theater Arts Instructor at Grossmont College where he has also created touring programs.  Hager is a performing artist with Young Audiences of San Diego where he conducts assemblies, workshops, artist in residence and special performances. Additionally he was the Seaport Village Mime from 1980 to 2006 that made him a San Diego icon.  His company, The San Diego Pantomime Theatre, has collaborated with many theater groups including Classics for Kids, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and the San Diego Museum of Art.  Hager has also written, directed and presented over 50 mime-dramas (mime plays) in the past twelve years.

The San Diego State University Performing Arts Troupe consists of music education undergraduates who present a captivating story of a group of young students who find enchantment and inspiration in a magical bookshoppe.  This program is also under the direction of Dr. Nan McDonald, Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education at San Diego State University.

Admission for this performance is FREE.  This is the third of six Free Family Arts and Literacy Connection programs that support the arts and literacy.  In addition to the performance, each family will take home a free copy of the book “The Music Man’s Little Cellist” by Angela Winegar. For more information on the performance, contact Sherrie Brown at Young Audiences at 619--282-7599 x114 or e-mail

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