Summer reading program will have first performance

From Page to the Stage, the local summer reading program, will present its first performance at 7 p.m. Friday, July 30, in the Wilton Community Center. 

Shelby Leland takes part in a warm-up exercise.

The show, entitled “Tales of Tails,” is sponsored by the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District in association with the Ontario and Wilton community libraries. The creators compiled and scripted folk tales from various cultures that explained how different animals gained or lost their tails. This theme paralleled that of the Winding Rivers Library System’s summer reading program.

During the course of the summer, program director Kim Neal Nofsinger, assisted by Emma Felland and Suzi McLendon, conducted workshops in the surrounding communities and interacted with about 40 young readers. Their activities included scavenger hunts, games, storytelling and reading activities, and acting/performance exercises. The primary focus of this program was to share the fun that can happen when someone becomes immersed in a story. Participants had the option of helping shape the presentation of these stories in readers’ theatre format. “Tales of Tails” is the culminating experience of this program.

Participants who chose to perform are Camila Castro, Sophie Erdman, Jillian Fawley, Zoey Harris, Violet Jensen, Braelynn Leisso, Shelby Leland, Sammi Markee, Shannon Palladino, and Aubrey Thorson. They will be assisted by Emma Felland and Suzi McLendon.

This program was funded by a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Admission is donation based.

Braelynn Leisso
Camila Castro
THE PERFORMERS — First row: Suzi McLendon, Daphne Arndt, Camila Castro, Violet Jensen and Emma Felland. Second row: Shannon Palladino, Braelynn Leisso, Shelby Leland and Zoey Harris. Third row: Sophie Erdman, Aubrey Thorson, Jillian Fawley and Sammi Markee. 

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