Freeman Stage to host ‘Jedi Academy’ variety show


Recent years have demonstrated that today’s generations have at least one love in common: “Star Wars.”

And now, for the first time ever, the Freeman Stage in West Fenwick will be hosting “Jedi Academy,” a solo comedy variety show designed to teach children, and adults, the ways of a Jedi.

On Aug. 1 at 7 p.m., David Engel will be teaching kids 4 or older — who can come dressed like their favorite “Star Wars” character — some of the Jedi secrets that they have always wanted to learn. It is an interactive show for kids to learn how to truly feel and act like some of their favorite “Star Wars” characters.

Engel has been a family entertainer for more than 25 years and has varied in topic, from Shakespeare to contemporary drama and spectacle theater.

Freeman Stage Communications & Public Relations Manager Alyson Cunningham explained, “He also has over 30 commercials, film and television credits, including ‘Law & Order,’ and ‘Gossip Girl.’”

For those hungry young Padawans about to work up an appetite, Cunningham said Freeman has two food trucks tentatively planned to be at the Jedi Academy performance: Grotto Pizza and Beach Ball Sno Balls.

Earlier in the day, Freeman Stage will also be hosting Pirate School at 10 a.m. Both events are free, open to the public and performed by David Engel. They are also “Bring your own chair,” so attendees can bring blankets or lawn chairs and take in some family entertainment twice in one day, if they wish.

By Megan Kotelchuck
Point Intern