Get ready to enjoy storybooks in a whole new way! On Saturday, December 12th, Midcoast Literacy is presenting a free, online Readers Theater performance of two children’s books.
The event will be held one time only on Saturday, December 12, at 7:00pm. It will feature local professional actors reading Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes and Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry. To watch the fun with your children, viewers will need to sign-up in advance for a performance link at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tXawE3hwQQyS5mkO9YXlOA
“We are thrilled to be trying out a new way to share children’s literature with families in the towns we serve,” says Don Lader, Midcoast Literacy Executive Director. “Originally, we had planned to launch our first-ever Readers Theater performance as a live, in-person event. Now, having made accommodations for the pandemic, we think this online version will be just as entertaining.”
The Readers Theater production will feature actors performing all the parts in the two books over Zoom, using lots of fun voices and expressions to immerse the audience in the stories. The books featured are both children’s classics, full of delightful characters. In Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, a young mouse is so excited about school and learning with her teacher, Mr. Slinger, until her eagerness to share her new purse gets her in trouble in the classroom. In Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree, a huge fir tree delivered to Mr. Willowby’s elegant house ends up bringing surprising cheer to all sorts of families in the neighborhood, from big to very tiny.
During the online event, donations will be accepted to support our Read Together program, which provides free, one-on-one tutoring for students ages 6-14 who are reading below grade level. The overall run-time of the event will be approximately 45 minutes.
“We are hoping this will be just the first of many annual Midcoast Literacy Readers Theater productions,” says Lader. “Sharing great books with kids and getting them excited about reading is a core part of our mission. Making the stories come alive is all the more special.”