PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will start its 2004-05 Children’s Series at 3 p.m. Sept. 12 with nationally acclaimed children’s performer “Johnny The K” in Bryan Hall Theatre.

Musician and teacher John Kelleher (aka Johnny The K), armed with a 12-string guitar and a unique collection of costumed hats, masks and disguises, educates and inspires his audiences. Through his energetic and interactive music style, he teaches that all people can make a difference in their school, community and the world.

The Missoula Children’s Theater and 60 local students will present an original musical production of “Tales of Hans Christian Andersen” at 7 p.m. Oct. 2. The children’s theatre will provide all of the costumes, make-up, sets and props for the production. No advance preparation or appointments are needed for the Sept. 27 audition. For more information, contact Russ Driver, assistant director for Beasley Coliseum, at (509) 335-2241.

The Tears of Joy Puppets will present “Ride the Red Mare” at 3 p.m. Nov. 14. Leo is stolen by the trolls and his sister sets off to rescue him. The small wooden horse Sophia takes to guide her is transformed into a magnificent red mare, and together they reach the house of the trolls. Sophia’s courage and heroism comes through her ability and desire to give. Set in Sweden, “Ride the Red Mare” is performed with bunraku-style and shadow puppets.

The Kennedy Center will present its rendition of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in this Broadway musical version of Mark Twain’s novel set in 1840 St. Petersburg, Mo. The story follows the 14-year-old Sawyer as he experiences life in the heartland of America, along a bustling town on the banks of the Mississippi River. The tale of thrilling escapes, comedy and inspiration has something for the entire family and features hit after Broadway hit.

American Family Theater will present its critically acclaimed production of “The Little Mermaid” at 7 p.m. April. From the magic of her underwater sea palace to Prince Edward’s royal castle, join Mera, the little mermaid, as she foils the sea witch with help from the prince’s valet. The performance is filled with song and dance, energy and special effects.

Tickets for the complete series of five shows are $18 for adults and $10 for children under 13. Individual tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. All performances, except the Sept. 12 “Johnny The K” show, will be in the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.