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Aviation Heroes Featured during Fantasy of Flight’s Real Imagination: Heroes of Flight

From a Special Fantasy of Flight Press Release:

Fantasy of Flight, Central Florida’s premier aviation-themed attraction, will unveil an engaging, historically based theater presentation Sat., Aug. 29 and Sun., Aug. 30, just in time to ignite children’s imaginations as they begin a new school year.

The show, called “Real Imagination: Heroes of Flight,” features a lively trio of madcap actors who usher the audience through the centuries to embrace inspirational stories of aviation’s boldest and brightest heroes, from the visionary of flight, Leonardo daVinci, to the unflappable Wright Brothers, the gutsy Amelia Earhart and daring Charles Lindbergh. Along the way, the audience will learn about different modes of aviation travel and marvel at the innovation, courage and imagination that opened up the skies to us all.

The compelling new show is adapted from a production originally written for Fantasy of Flight by Norman Small, producing director of the Theatre Winter Haven, and will be presented in the Fantasy of Flight Officer’s Club. The “theater troupe in a trunk” show is tall on tales and excitement, but light on personnel and props, relying on just three talented actors — all from the Real Imagination Players – Jack Newton, Derek Wyatt and Rebecca Stoffel — and the inspirational atmosphere provided by Fantasy of Flight’s authentic airplanes to set the stage.

“Real Imagination: Heroes of Flight” will be presented at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 29 and 1:00 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 30 and is included with Fantasy of Flight general admission.

“Engaging our guests and helping them explore their dreams, whatever they may be, is our core mission,” said Kermit Weeks, creator and founder of Fantasy of Flight. “‘Heroes of Flight’ is a fantastic way to teach young people and the young at heart about the evolution of aviation in a fun yet informative manner. We are proud to bring some of the world’s most legendary pilots and students of flight to life before their eyes. And hope that our guests are inspired to dream big!”

Weeks is no stranger to children’s education initiatives. This year the pilot and former aerobatics world champion received a Bronze IPPY Award in the 13th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards for his children’s book, “All of Life is a School” (KWIP Publishing, $19.95). His children’s book brings to life some of Fantasy of Flight’s most historically significant airplanes through colorful characters that existed during the Golden Age of Aviation.

As an added value on Aug. 29 at 12:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. and Aug. 30 at 12:30 p.m., time-traveling aviator Ophelia Ida Lightheart, the newest “character” to join Fantasy of Flight’s Real Imagination Players, will be reading “All of Life is a School” aloud between performances of “Real Imagination: Heroes of Flight.” A grand storyteller reminiscent of Mother Goose, Lightheart (played by local actor Leigh Switzer) not only tells stories, but also sings and makes mischief wherever – or whenever – she travels.


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