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Story Theater shows kids that reading is fun


Fri, Jun 15th, 2001
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Source: Story Theater
Monday, June 18, 2001

What were Raccoon, Otter, Mole and Ferocious Beast doing at Kingsland Elementary School a few weeks ago?

They were there as characters in a Story Theater performance.

The end-of-the-year performance was based on a Friendship theme to show children that to have a friend, they need to be a friend. The story’s performed were: Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, A Flea in the Ear, Wanted: Best Friend and Tashira’s Turn. All the stories are available at the Spring Valley Library.

The brainchild of former Community Education director, LuAnn Kleven, Story Theater got its start in 1997. After four years some of the names and faces of the actors have changed but the goal remains the same. "Our objective is to show kids how much fun reading can be." says director Mary Jergenson. "We have as much fun as the kids do.”

"We are just a group of performers at heart, who enjoy hamming it up for the kids," laughed volunteer Stafford Hansen.

The Three Little Pigs, Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox, a Bookworm, a Scruffy Varmint, Goldilocks and the Three Bears are just a few of the Story Theater characters that have been brought to life by the adult volunteers in the program.

While having fun is a natural part of what they do, Story Theater is also performing a vital community service. Children need to be read to and some are not getting that at home.

Turby Marchant says that she has even been recognized by kids on the street.

“They come up and say, ‘I know you, you were Brer Rabbit’.” Turby said. “I just love kids and reading, so this is a natural place for me."

"I like being able to see my Grandchildren,” says Lois O’Connell, who played a dog in the most recent performance. "Their faces light up when I walk into their class room."

But Story Theater is not only for children, adults like it too. "We’ve performed for Kiwanis, the Spring Valley Care Center, the Lutheran Church’s Fall Festival and at Wilder Fest,” Jergenson said. “We’ve even taken our show on the road, recently performing in Wykoff and LeRoy.”

Story Theater is a winning enterprise, no matter who you are. The group is always looking for new members and places to perform.

"Being a member of Story Theater has helped me build my confidence in front of a group and I enjoy the friends I’ve made," commented Berneice Ostern.

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