Performance of ‘Wiley and the Hairy Man’ marks 50th anniversary of Unicorn Children’s Theatre

The 50th Anniversary of the Unicorn Children’s Theatre will be celebrated this weekend with the performance of “Wiley and the Hairy Man,” Friday at 7 p.m. and then Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the stage of the Ellen Eccles Theatre. Unicorn Theatre was founded by the late Ruth Call, and when she died in 2004 it was taken over by her husband Vosco Call, retired professor and former head of the Department of Theatre Arts at Utah State University and founder of the Caine Lyric Theatre. Their grandson, Richie Call, is now involved in the organization and he will play the role of the Hairy Man in the production. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show, Richie said he took creative lessons from his grandma Ruth from the time he was a young child. He said those lessons can do important things for young people. “Children who are otherwise not very willing to express themselves in a classroom setting with different subjects,” Call said, “they really come out of their shell. “It really helps with basic skills that are very important for them, making friends and being able to talk to other children where otherwise they would be very shy.” “Wiley and the Hairy Man” is directed by Matt Omasta, head of the Theatre Education program at USU. Admission is $5 for children 12 and younger, $8 for those 13 to 18 and $10 for adults.

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