Readers Theater returns online April 25th

Get ready to enjoy storybooks in a whole new way! On Sunday, April 25th, Midcoast Literacy is putting on its second free, live Readers Theater production of two children’s books.

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The event will be held one time only on Sunday, April 25, at 4:00pm. It will feature local, professional actors reading Doctor DeSoto by William Steig and Today I Will Fly! by Mo Willems. Due to COVID restrictions, the event will be held over Zoom. Viewers will need to sign-up in advance for a performance link at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SGOf5IJJRhuG0ohYnWVDEw 

“A Readers Theater performance is a great way to experience children’s books in a whole new way. It’s a read-aloud and a theatrical show all in one,” said Don Lader, Midcoast Literacy’s Executive Director. “After our debut online event in December, we heard so much positive feedback from families we decided to do another production this spring.”

Our April event will feature actors performing all the parts in the two books over Zoom, using fun voices and entertaining expressions to immerse the audience in two classic children’s stories. In Doctor DeSoto, a mouse dentist and his wife agree to treat a dangerous fox with a toothache—but can they trick him into not eating them once the ache has been cured? In Today I Will Fly!, Piggie tells her best friend Gerald the Elephant that she’s going to fly, only to be met by his skepticism, until she gets some unexpected and hilarious help with her dream.

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're making Readers Theater a tradition at Midcoast Literacy,” said Lader, “and are optimistically looking forward to hosting a live performance in a local theater in the not-too-distant future.” 

To RSVP and receive the link to this one-time-only show, you must register in advance at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SGOf5IJJRhuG0ohYnWVDEw