The characters from four children’s books are coming to the stage in Bath this fall!! On Sunday, October 29th, Midcoast Literacy will present a live Readers Theater performance from 2:00-3:00 PM at the Morse High School Auditorium in Bath.
Our 2023 Readers Theater will be a fun afternoon for families, starting with Halloween themed activities for kids before the show beginning at 1:00 PM. After the performance, kids will have the opportunity to meet and itneract with the actors. Geared to families with children ages 4-10 (older or younger siblings welcome too), the one-hour performance by local, professional actors will feature four children’s books: Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler, The Pirates Are Coming! by John Condon, A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker, and Moldilocks and the Three Scares by Lynne Marie. Tickets are $10 each or $35 for a family (4-8 people) and can be purchased at https://midcoastliteracy.org/index.php/about-us/readers-theater or by calling (207) 443-6384.
“We’re thrilled to be doing another year of this fun, visually immersive event sharing the love of reading with families,” said Daniel Burson, Midcoast Literacy’s Executive Director. “This year, we’re excited for the Halloween activities and crafts before the show and at intermission we've added to expand the afternoon for young audience members. Costumes are encouraged!”
Readers Theater is a style of performance that blends the reading aloud of a book with theatrical elements before a live audience. The cast of actors simultaneously narrates the story and brings added life to the characters through voice, expression, and movement. In Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler, a young skeleton is falling to pieces and worried about getting made fun of, so his friends come up with schemes to hold his bones together. In The Pirates Are Coming! by John Condon, Tom is on the lookout for pirates, but every time he sees a ship it’s a false alarm… until the pirates really do arrive in town. In A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker, Bear is determined not to let any visitors into his cozy house, but a small, gray, bright-eyed mouse is just as determined to come for tea. And in the slightly spooky re-telling Moldilocks and the Three Scares by Lynne Marie, the Scare family takes a midnight stroll to let their soup cool when a little zombie named Moldilocks sleepwalks into their haunted house.
Future performances in the Midcoast Literacy’s Readers Theater series will include both more productions of children’s books for younger audiences, and short story productions for adults. Proceeds from the October 29 performance will support Midcoast Literacy’s Read Together tutoring program for kids ages 6-14 in midcoast Maine. Tickets can only be purchased from Midcoast Literacy, either online (https://midcoastliteracy.org/index.php/about-us/readers-theater) or over the phone. We hope to see you there!