Readers’ Theatre Corner- October 2017
Tellico Community Players prides itself on offering its community a variety of choices in theatre arts opportunities and performances. Our thriving community theatre has staged productions of all kinds, butaudiences and performers alike have particularly enjoyed our Readers’ Theatre activities. In Readers’ Theatre, the performer practices the art of oral interpretation which uses voice, facial expressions, and gestures to convey the meaning of the literature being read aloud. Readers’ Theatre takes much of the anxiety out of stage performance, since there are no lines to memorize and very little movement to execute.
Season 2017 has been a busy time for the Prime Time Players, TCP’s Readers’ Theatre troupe. In the spring, we held our very first After-School Readers’ Theatre Workshop at Steekee and Philadelphia Elementary Schools. Twenty-one energetic people volunteered their time and talent to bring theatre arts to the students of our community. The volunteers included Geri Denny, Gary Argo, Jodi Moody, Doris Ryan, Sauni Rinehart, Don Morton, Kimberly Flaig, Len Willis, Staci Tull, Marie Fertitta, Susan Gross, Lucinda Jobe, Paula Schulingkamp, Bill Hartman, Peggy Kahr, and Steve Mayberry. Producers for the project were Doug Banister, Joan Taylor, Marge Sweeny, Sue Aukerman, and Debbie Mayberry.
Then, in June, we presented a Readers’ Theatre production of All the King’s Women. This two act production pleased everyone, especially the Elvis fans in the audience. Newcomers to the TCP stage were Gail Link, Sue and Hugh Aukerman, Sue Mertens, Geri Denney, Kristina Chisholm, Jim Smith, and Sharen Bennett. The cast was completed by TCP veterans Tony Licata, Cindy Archer, Sauni Rinehart, Jo Beliles, and Sharon Smith. All the King’s Women was directed by lyn cozadd, assisted by Ku Adams and Doris Ryan.
Our Readers’ Theatre School Tour #7 will take to the road during the first quarter of 2018. We will be performing our own tribute to the authors of Appalachia to some 4500 school children in Loudon and Monroe County elementary schools. If you would like to be a part of this outreach program to area elementary schools, contact Debbie Mayberry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-458-7929 to register for this great way to give back to our community.