Readers’ Theatre Corner
Since 2011, Prime Time Players, TCP’s readers’ theatre troupe, has hit the road with a production full of wonderful children’s literature to share with area elementary students. The Players write, produce, and tour the theme-based program designed to actively engage elementary students in reading. Readers’ theatre is a time-proven method of improving reading and comprehension skills; plus, it is a lot of fun for everyone involved. The 2019 School Tour featured two shows: Imagine That ! for the kindergarten through second grade students, and What If? for the third through fifth graders. After rehearsing during the month of February with Director Debbie Mayberry, the Players took to the road and performed at Highland Park Elementary, Lenoir City Elementary, Loudon Elementary, Eaton Elementary, Greenback, Steekee Elementary, Philadelphia Elementary, Sweetwater Primary, and Sweetwater Elementary schools. During performance week, March 4-8, the troupe members presented 15 shows. At each school, the Players schlepped sound equipment, reading stands, stools, and props in and out of performance venues, performed for approximately 3500 children, and did it all with smiles on their faces. Prime Time Players’ talented 2019 School Tour readers included George Arwood, Hugh Aukerman, Doug Banister, Marybeth Hageman, Dave Hudgens, Tony Licata, Susan Licata, Kathy Loy, Pat McDermott, Lynn Moyers, Russ Rinehart, Beverly Pantley, Carol Smith, and Len Willis. Bob Mayhew and Steve Mayberry served tirelessly as the troupe’s sound technicians. The School Tour is an annual event in the TCP calendar and is our major outreach project to our young audience in the area. During our 2019 Season, Prime Time Players is planning an onstage readers’ theatre production of Charlotte’s Web. Interested? Contact Debbie Mayberry as [email protected] for details.