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American Indian legend tells us that, when the world was created there were no people - only the Great Spirit. And when he made the people, at first there were no four-legged creatures; only two-legged people who walked standing up.

But then the Great Spirit decided to make some of the people walk on four legs, and these were the animals. And in that beginning time, all the people - with two legs and four - talked to each other.

This creation myth is the starting point for PlayTime Theatre's new production, "When the Animals Talked," which plays March 24-26 at the University Theatre. It will feature 10 American Indian animal stories from all over North America. Large puppet figures, colorful costumes, and native drumming and chants will combine to tell these stories with stunning drama and playfulness.

Those who see "When the Animals Talked" will learn why the rabbits dance, why the butterflies have no song and why you shouldn't ask an octopus a question.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, March 24; 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26. Tickets are $4 for adults and children. The show runs approximately one hour and is appropriate for all ages.

For reservations call 683-5305.

This article was posted on: March 21, 2000

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