THE CHILDREN'S Theater Association has been entertaining children for nearly 50 years. So, the children's fair it will stage Sunday -- the 11th annual -- won't be the least bit out of character.
It will, though, include a lot of characters in many different roles.
Some of those characters are the theater association's own professionals who will be performing a musical about the early days of railroading in America.
Some of the other characters expected are animals, puppets, mimes, and gymnasts. Even The Tooth Fairy and Baby Miss Maryland, a singing toddler, are scheduled to make appearances.
For its annual fund-raiser, the theater association is presenting 20 performing groups and 30 activity booths to entertain youngsters.
"It's a day of simple fun activities and performances for children," says Kevin Daly, managing director of the theater association.
The Children's Theater Association is "a Baltimore secret," says Daly, who has been its managing director only since October, but who performed with the association in the 1970s and '80s.
The main troupe performs children's classics, such as this season's feature, "Androcles and the Lion." The storytelling group is Umoja Sasa!, which presents tales of the African continent and Afro-American history through dance, music and theater. The newest addition to the repertoire is the musical about building the railroad.
The Children's Theater Association's Children's Fair is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Timonium Fairgrounds. Admission is $3. Call 225-0052.