Library readers theater project prepares cable broadcasts
Members of a Petoskey District Library readers theater group (from left) Libby Barbercheck, Forrest Conway and Christina Dewey practice for a New Year's Eve community celebration. (Courtesy photo / November 29, 2012)
The series of Voice Box Sessions will focus on performances created and produced by the three readers theater groups that meet regularly at the Petoskey District Library. Those groups include one for elementary aged children, another for middle and high school aged young people, and a readers theater group open specifically to adults of all ages.
"Giving everyone a voice is our motto," said Real People Media director Rebecca Glotflety, "and this is a wonderful way to allow people to express themselves artistically in a public forum."
The Petoskey District Library's Voice Box Sessions will be videotaped and edited by the program's participants under the watchful eye of Real People Media mentors who will train library volunteers in the art of filming, taping and editing live performances for later broadcast on cablevision and radio.
"Readers theater programs require the actors to focus purely on a vocalized interpretation of the script," said Michaels, who has worked with cast members over the past several years, "and that demands a specialized skills set. We have been working on developing those skills for some time now. We're ready to take the next step."
Participation is free and open to the public. The elementary group meets at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays in the children's program room. The company of middle and high school actors meets at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the same room. Adult readers theater (ART) meetings/rehearsals take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays in the lower level community classroom. All three groups welcome the involvement of new members.
For more information, contact Michaels at the Petoskey District Library, (231) 758-3112, or attend a scheduled meeting.