Readers’ Theatre Corner- October 2018
Since 2011, Prime Time Players, TCP’s readers’ theatre troupe, have taken their productions to the students of local elementary schools. The Players write, produce, and tour their theme-based programs designed to actively engage elementary students in reading. Readers’ theatre is a time-proven method of improving reading skills and comprehension; plus, it’s a lot of fun for everyone involved. The 2018 School Tour, entitled “Once Upon a Mountain,” featured the dramatic literature of the artists of the Appalachian Mountains. As in years past, the program was composed of both prose and poetry that the adult readers interpreted in their own special way for the student audience. After spending months researching children’s literature, finding suitable choices for the audience, and writing the theme-driven narration, the Players launched their 2018 tour in early February. The cast of creative storytelling artists included George Arwood, Hugh Carter, Pat Duby, Dave Hudgens, Gail Link, Debbie Mayberry, Pat McDermott, Sam Sheldon, and Joan Taylor. Doug Banister served as logistics producer and Steve Mayberry was the traveling sound technician. After a month of rehearsing, the troupe hit the road with their ensemble performances of “Possum Comes A-Knockin’,” “The Big Toe,” “Contrary Jenkins,” and many more. The week of March 5-9 found the Players performing at Sweetwater Primary, Highland Elementary, Lenoir City Elementary, Philadelphia Elementary, Greenback Elementary, and Steekee Elementary. The Prime Time Players donated this program as a gift to the students of the community free of charge and were rewarded by the enthusiastic response of their audiences. Through reader’s theater, one generation shared with another their love for good literature.