Kristi Yamaguchi to Take Storytime Stage at White House

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WASHINGTON — The White House has announced the program, activities, and talent line-up for the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll, a tradition in its 133rd year.

This year’s theme is “Get Up and Go!” The theme focuses on promoting health and wellness and encouraging children to lead healthy and active lives. This is a central part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, which is a national effort to combat childhood obesity.

The Easter Egg Roll, scheduled for April 25, is the largest annual public event at the White House.

Olympic gold medalist and “Dancing with the Stars” champion Kristi Yamaguchi, who has just published a children’s book, “Dream Big, Little Pig,” will appear on the Storytime Stage along with Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and family; John Lithgow; Elmo, Maria and Gordon of “Sesame Street”; John Bemelmans Marciano; and Geena Davis.

Colbie Caillat, Greyson Chance, Willow Smith, Mindless Behavior, John Lithgow, Sesame Street, and Little Beats and DJ WillyWow will perform on the Rockin’ Egg Roll Stage.

Chefs Jacque Pepin, Art Smith and trainer Az Ferguson, Marcella Valladolid, Carla Hall and the White House chefs will prepare healthy eating demonstrations in the Play with your Food station.

In the Eggtivity Zone, professional players and coaches from professional sports teams will teach kids how to play sports and show kids easy, fun ways to stay active and fit.  Athletes participating include Olympic stars Bryan Clay and Tyson Gay; Lorenzo Alexander with the NFL; DC United’s Bryan Namoff, Josh Wolff and Ben Olsen; and the Washington Nationals’ Jim Riggleman, Adam Laroche and Ryan Zimmerman.

Alana Beard and Crystal Langstrom from the WNBA, Nick Young from the Wizards, former basketball player Darryl Dawkins, and the Harlem Globetrotters will participate in basketball.

Chris Evert, Katrina Adams, Brian Vahaly, Mal Washington, Patrick Monroe and Chanda Rubin will be joining kids on the tennis courts, along with the Washington Kastles Mascots.

A total of 30,000 people from all 50 states and the District of Columbia have received tickets to the event. For the third year in a row, tickets were distributed online.  Members of the public had the opportunity to enter a lottery for a chance to win tickets.

The timing for this year’s event has been extended even further than previous years, with a start time of 7:30 a.m. and an end time of 6:20 p.m. Five groups of 6,000 guests will each be able to spend two full hours on the South Lawn.

The entire Easter Egg Roll event, including all of the headliner music acts and Storytime Stage readers, will be broadcast live on www.whitehouse.gov/live. A full schedule will be posted on the morning of April 25 so that people from across the country will be able to participate in the event.

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