Readers’ Theater receives generous donation
Posted: Friday, April 8, 2011 8:03 pm
By: Rebecca Alsup, Special to The Press
Readers’ Theater Kid’s Acting Out performers and volunteers celebrate another successful session.
With another year of fun and learning through acting under way, the Weakley County Arts and Humanities Council’s Readers’ Theater recently completed a second performance at Weldon Public Library and were granted a big surprise at the close of the performance when Dr. Craig and Deneika Frayer provided a way to help the audience see and hear the group’s performances. Dr. Frayer is an OBGYN at Surgical Associates in Martin. He and Deneika saw the need to help Reader’s Theater and jumped at the opportunity to offer their support. Reader’s Theater has borrowed risers for the past two seasons from the First United Methodist Church and needed to purchase some of their own for future use.
The Frayers’ daughter, Ainsley, is a member of Readers’ Theater, and the Frayers knew how important the program is to the children participating and their families.
“The Frayers’ generous donation played a large role in allowing Readers’ Theater to purchase these risers for this program and other performance programs at C.E. Weldon Library,” Leslie Moore, program coordinator for Readers’ Theater, said.
“The risers will be very helpful in every day activities at the library,” Sabrina Exum, assistant director of Readers’ Theater, remarked. “We’ll use them for story hour, book clubs, Readers’ Theater and many other programs.”
Readers’ Theater: Kids Acting Out is preparing for a summer mini-session June 20-24 and will hold registration for this session June 6 at Weldon Public Library. Kids Acting Out: An Introduction to Readers’ Theater is designed to serve all rural school children who are interested in drama, theater and reading and targets grades 3 – 5. Performance Director is Dr. Teresa Collard. Contact Exum at (731) 587-3148 for more details.
Readers’ Theater: Kids Acting Out is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission in cooperation with the Northwest Tennessee Development district and from generous sponsors and volunteers.
Rebecca Alsup is a senior communications major at UT Martin.