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"Embracing the Joy of Play: From Medora Musical to Puppy Tail Chewing" The Medora Musical in Medora, North Dakota, USA - where music and laughter intertwine on stage

Background imagePlay Collection: Village green cricket, Tilford, Surrey, England, UK

Village green cricket, Tilford, Surrey, England, UK

Background imagePlay Collection: Bottlenosed Dolphins - jumping Pacific Ocean off coast of Honduras

Bottlenosed Dolphins - jumping Pacific Ocean off coast of Honduras
TOM-855 Bottlenosed Dolphin - two leaping Pacific Ocean, Honduras Tursiop truncatus Tom & Pat Leeson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imagePlay Collection: SHAKESPEARE: ROMEO & JULIET. Title page from the first publication, London, of Shakespeares Romeo

SHAKESPEARE: ROMEO & JULIET. Title page from the first publication, London, of Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet. Woodcut, 1597

Background imagePlay Collection: Songs from Shakespeare: Take, Oh Take Those Lips Away. - Measure for Measure (Act IV

Songs from Shakespeare: Take, Oh Take Those Lips Away. - Measure for Measure (Act IV. Scene 1), 1896. Illustration with lines from the play by William Shakespeare. From The Magazine of Art

Background imagePlay Collection: People in the street, Albury Street, Deptford, London, 1911

People in the street, Albury Street, Deptford, London, 1911. Street of two-storey Georgian terraced houses with elaborate carvings above the doors. People stand and chat, children play in the road

Background imagePlay Collection: Brown Roan Italian Spinone puppy, Riley, 13 weeks, chewing his tail

Brown Roan Italian Spinone puppy, Riley, 13 weeks, chewing his tail

Background imagePlay Collection: The Medora Musical in Medora, North Dakota, USA

The Medora Musical in Medora, North Dakota, USA

Background imagePlay Collection: Orangutan {Pongo pygmaeus} baby swinging in the trees, Rehabilitation sanctuary

Orangutan {Pongo pygmaeus} baby swinging in the trees, Rehabilitation sanctuary, Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan, Indonesia

Background imagePlay Collection: African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) juveniles playing with the leg of an impala, trying

African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) juveniles playing with the leg of an impala, trying to drag it in three different directions. Mkuze, South Africa

Background imagePlay Collection: WILDE: SALOME. The Climax. Pen and ink drawing by Aubrey Beardsley for Oscar Wildes Salome

WILDE: SALOME. The Climax. Pen and ink drawing by Aubrey Beardsley for Oscar Wildes Salome

Background imagePlay Collection: Whitestone Pond, Hampstead Heath a071818

Whitestone Pond, Hampstead Heath a071818
WHITESTONE POND, Hampstead Heath, London. View of a boy lying down on the edge of the pond with his hand holding a model yacht on the water

Background imagePlay Collection: SHOW BOAT POSTER, 1927. Poster for the original Broadway production of Jerome Kern

SHOW BOAT POSTER, 1927. Poster for the original Broadway production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammersteins musical Show Boat, 1927

Background imagePlay Collection: Children?s Games, 1560. Artist: Bruegel (Brueghel), Pieter, the Elder (ca 1525-1569)

Children?s Games, 1560. Artist: Bruegel (Brueghel), Pieter, the Elder (ca 1525-1569)
Children?s Games, 1560. Found in the collection of the Art History Museum, Vienne

Background imagePlay Collection: Teasing the Cat, 1888. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Teasing the Cat, 1888. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Teasing the Cat, 1888

Background imagePlay Collection: The England Test cricket XI at Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, 1899. Artist: WA Rouch

The England Test cricket XI at Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, 1899. Artist: WA Rouch
The England Test cricket XI at Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, 1899. Englands team in WG Graces final Test, against Australia at Trent Bridge

Background imagePlay Collection: Jigsaw puzzle of golfers on Prestwick golf course, Scotland, c1914

Jigsaw puzzle of golfers on Prestwick golf course, Scotland, c1914. Handcut wooden puzzle of Michael Browns picture used in the Life Association of Scotland calendar

Background imagePlay Collection: A young boy sledging down a grassy bank

A young boy sledging down a grassy bank
Ashley Cooper / SpecialistStock

Background imagePlay Collection: The Rainbow

The Rainbow
Artist: Whaite, Henry Clarence - Title: The Rainbow - Date: 1862 - Original Medium and Size: Oil on Canvas 139.7 x 241.6

Background imagePlay Collection: John Inman gets fitted for his role in Mother Goose at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool

John Inman gets fitted for his role in Mother Goose at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool. 17th December 1982

Background imagePlay Collection: Children in a Room, 1909. Artist: Edouard Vuillard

Children in a Room, 1909. Artist: Edouard Vuillard
Children in a Room, 1909. Vuillard, Edouard-Jean (1868-1940). Found in the collection of the State Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Background imagePlay Collection: Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) young bear rolling around in the snow

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) young bear rolling around in the snow, on newly formed pack ice during autumn freeze up, Beaufort Sea, off Arctic coast, Alaska

Background imagePlay Collection: Jumping for joy at Camber Sands in Sussex. 1934

Jumping for joy at Camber Sands in Sussex. 1934

Background imagePlay Collection: BERNHARDT: MUCHA POSTER. Sarah Bernhardt on a lithograph poster, 1894

BERNHARDT: MUCHA POSTER. Sarah Bernhardt on a lithograph poster, 1894, by Alphonse Mucha for a production of Gismonda by Victorien Sardou at the Theatre de la Renaissance, Paris, France

Background imagePlay Collection: Actors on stage in the days of Shakespeare

Actors on stage in the days of Shakespeare
Theatrical performance in the days of Shakespeare. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePlay Collection: Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cubs playing, Vosges, France, May

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cubs playing, Vosges, France, May

Background imagePlay Collection: Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) two breaching in evening light, Moray Firth

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) two breaching in evening light, Moray Firth, Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK, August, sequence 2/2

Background imagePlay Collection: The Railway Children (1970)

The Railway Children (1970)
Sally Thomsett, Jenny Agutter and Gary Warren play around in a pause of filming

Background imagePlay Collection: SHAKESPEARE: RICHARD III. Laurence Olivier in the title role of the 1956 film production of

SHAKESPEARE: RICHARD III. Laurence Olivier in the title role of the 1956 film production of William Shakespeares Richard III

Background imagePlay Collection: Backyard carnival, 1800s

Backyard carnival, 1800s
Children putting on a circus in the backyarrd, 1800s. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePlay Collection: Lambs jumping - Texel - island - Netherlands

Lambs jumping - Texel - island - Netherlands
ME-2059 Lambs jumping Texel Island - Netherlands Johan De Meester Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in anyway

Background imagePlay Collection: The Beach and Pier, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

The Beach and Pier, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

Background imagePlay Collection: Scene from Mozarts opera Don Giovanni 1787 (c1914). Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Scene from Mozarts opera Don Giovanni 1787 (c1914). Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Austrian composer, first performed in Prague in 1787

Background imagePlay Collection: A MIDSUMMER NIGHTs DREAM. William Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream performed at Sadlers Wells

A MIDSUMMER NIGHTs DREAM. William Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream performed at Sadlers Wells Theatre, London, England, 1853. Wood engraving from a London newspaper of 1853

Background imagePlay Collection: The Chess Players

The Chess Players
Artist: Lonsdale, James - Title: The Chess Players - Date: N/A - Original Medium and Size: Oil on Canvas 142.2 x 111.8

Background imagePlay Collection: Elderly man playing a sitar by the Ganges (Ganga) River

Elderly man playing a sitar by the Ganges (Ganga) River, Varanasi (Benares), Uttar Pradesh State, India

Background imagePlay Collection: Street band wearing orange shirts playing music on the pavement watched by toddler wearing orange

Street band wearing orange shirts playing music on the pavement watched by toddler wearing orange clothes, Habana Vieja (Old Havana), Havana, Cuba, West Indies, Central America

Background imagePlay Collection: Two Bottle-nosed Dolphins jumping in Pacific Ocean Off coast of Honduras 2Mo28

Two Bottle-nosed Dolphins jumping in Pacific Ocean Off coast of Honduras 2Mo28
TOM-769 Two Bottlenosed Dolphins jumping Pacific Ocean, off coast of Honduras Tursiops truncatus Tom & Pat Leeson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imagePlay Collection: Oxford and Cambridge Chess Match, 19th century

Oxford and Cambridge Chess Match, 19th century

Background imagePlay Collection: Dog - Wirehaired Dachshund - rolling on back

Dog - Wirehaired Dachshund - rolling on back
LA-9182 Dog - Wirehaired Dachshund - rolling on back Jean-Michel Labat Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imagePlay Collection: Kenya, Masai Mara. A lion cub paws its mothers face as she rests in the shade of a tree at midday

Kenya, Masai Mara. A lion cub paws its mothers face as she rests in the shade of a tree at midday

Background imagePlay Collection: Northern River Otter - mother and pups - Northern Rockies - Montana - Wyoming - Western USA

Northern River Otter - mother and pups - Northern Rockies - Montana - Wyoming - Western USA - Summer _D3A4668
TOM-1751 Northern River Otter - mother and pups Northern Rockies - Montana - Wyoming - Western USA Lontra canadensis Summer Tom & Pat Leeson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes

Background imagePlay Collection: British Legion Mens Brass Band - July 1947

British Legion Mens Brass Band - July 1947
Band playing at West Chiltington. Men with flags in background. George Garland Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref. No. Garland N28243

Background imagePlay Collection: Dog - Australian Sheepdog / Shepherd Dog - with ball in mouth

Dog - Australian Sheepdog / Shepherd Dog - with ball in mouth
LA-9689 Australian Sheepdog / Shepherd Dog - with ball in mouth Jean-Michel Labat Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imagePlay Collection: San Sebastian

San Sebastian, Spain. The Basque city of San Sebastian is well known for its picturestic beaches, beautiful architecture, and delicious food or Tapas

Background imagePlay Collection: Giant panda playing at Chengdu Panda Reserve, Sichuan Province, China, Asia

Giant panda playing at Chengdu Panda Reserve, Sichuan Province, China, Asia

Background imagePlay Collection: Steel band festival

Steel band festival, Point Fortin, Trinidad, West Indies, Caribbean, Central America

Background imagePlay Collection: Traditional Japanese taiko drumming performance

Traditional Japanese taiko drumming performance, Matsuyama, Ehime prefecture, Shikoku island, Japan, Asia

Background imagePlay Collection: Close-up of the hands of a group of four people playing dominos in the street Centro Habana

Close-up of the hands of a group of four people playing dominos in the street Centro Habana, Havana, Cuba, West Indies, Central America




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"Embracing the Joy of Play: From Medora Musical to Puppy Tail Chewing" The Medora Musical in Medora, North Dakota, USA - where music and laughter intertwine on stage, inviting audiences to immerse themselves in the magic of play. Meet Riley, a brown roan Italian Spinone puppy at 13 weeks old, finding pure bliss in chewing his own tail – a delightful reminder of the innocence and simplicity that comes with play. African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) juveniles engaging in playful antics as they try their luck with an impala's leg – showcasing nature's vibrant spirit through their energetic games. Village green cricket in Tilford, Surrey, England – where time seems to stand still as players unite for a friendly match under the sun-drenched sky; a testament to the enduring tradition of play. Step back into history with Show Boat Poster from 1927 – capturing the essence of theatrical play that has captivated audiences for generations and continues to leave them spellbound. The England Test cricket XI at Nottingham, Nottinghamshire in 1899 immortalized by WA Rouch's artistry – reminding us how sport can ignite passion and camaraderie through spirited competition. Bruegel (Brueghel), Pieter the Elder's Children’s Games painting from 1560 offers a glimpse into centuries past when children found joy through imaginative play without modern distractions. Whitestone Pond on Hampstead Heath becomes an oasis for carefree moments as people gather around its tranquil waters, letting go of worries and embracing spontaneous playfulness. Piece together memories with a jigsaw puzzle featuring golfers on Prestwick golf course in Scotland circa 1914– relishing both mental challenge and leisurely enjoyment while celebrating this timeless game.