“Mom, I’m BORED,” are the words you won’t have to hear this summer!
Reading is Alive, a new theatre outreach program created through Parkway Playhouse, kicks off in Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties in June. The family friendly musical, A Year with Frog and Toad will tour local venues, parks, and libraries bringing the cultural experience of theatre to children and families throughout the mountains.
Collaborating with AMY Regional Library, PATH’s Sizzlin’ Summer Series, and Penland School of Crafts, Reading is Alive offers an entertaining and educational experience for the entire family. Along with the live musical, children will have a chance to create a one-of- a-kind craft with a Penland teaching artist, sign up for the summer reading program through the library, and receive a free book.
The ultimate goal of the program is to encourage summer reading while connecting literacy and the arts and giving children of our rural community the cultural experience of live theatre. The dates and locations of each performance are as follows:
June 3rd : The Orchard at Altapass, Spruce Pine @ 11:30am
June 10th : Lower Street Downtown Park, Spruce Pine @ 10am
June 17th : Bakersville Creek Walk, Rhododendron Festival, 11am
June 24th : Burnsville Town Square, 10am
July 10th : Yancey Library @11am
July 12th : Avery County Library @11am
July 13th : Spruce Pine Library @11am
Parkway Playhouse is grateful to The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and The Yancey Fund for making this outreach program a reality.
Chelsea Wilson Thayer, Director of Education and Outreach at Parkway Playhouse, created this program in hopes of serving the families that call these beautiful mountains home. For more information regarding “Reading is Alive” and how you/your business can be a part of supporting future programming please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Parkway Playhouse, performances, volunteer opportunities, classes, auditions, and more please visit our website.