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Carmen Sandiego: Children help solve ‘The case of the missing pyramid’

August 7, 2001

by Mary Berryhill

Source:Bonner County Daily Bee




Sandpoint – Children and adults remained dazzled Sunday evening during The Festival at Sandpoint’s “Festival for Families!” presented by the Spokane Symphony Orchestra.

The event began with a variety of children’s activities taking place, after which Sandpoint resident Carla Johnson led the audience in a heartfelt solo of the national anthem.

The theme of the family event, “Rivers of the World,” gave way to the adventure sideline “Where in the World of Music is Carmen Sandiego?” where Inspector “Clue-Not,” played by actor Bobby Weinapple, with the help of Spokane Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro Gary Sheldon, intended to solve the fictitious “Case of the Missing Pyramid.”

As the orchestra, led by Sheldon, kept audience interest alive with Aida, one of Verdi’s most popular operas, Handel’s “Water Music,” Jerome Kern’s “Ol’ Man River” and “When the Saints Come Marching In,” Clue-Not searched for the missing pyramid. He began his search in a fictitious Egypt where the pyramid was located near the Nile River before its disappearance. On stage, Clue-Not continued his search in Czechoslovakia’s Moldau River, returned back to the U.S. sifting through the Mississippi River and eventually discovered the missing pyramid in New Orleans...as a ‘float’ in the Mardi Gras Parade!

“This year we really beefed up the children’s activities at the family concert,” said the Festival’s Executive Director, Dyno Wahl. “We’ve added games, more face painting and of course the Sandpoint High School Band does a great job with the petting zoo.”

Volunteers from the Mayor’s Youth Service Project managed the children’s activities


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