Classic storybook tales were brought to life on our stage this Spring for elementary students. Two stories, The Ugly Duckling and Tortoise and the Hare, were performed with a unique interpretation from Lightwire Theatre. The tales were told completely through puppetry with costumes made from electroluminescent wire. These glow-in-the-dark costumes allowed the four actors to transform into any character imaginable from a duck to a turtle to an alley cat. The puppetry was complimented by a creative use of music with tunes ranging from classical to pop that had everyone laughing by the curtain call.
Many Alma students studied the books The Ugly Duckling and Tortoise and the Hare before attending the event. After the show, our volunteers presented Alma students in grades K-2 with free copies of the book “Tortoise and the Hare” to take home. This is our second year to give free books to students who attend our educational programming. By giving away books, we hope to connect literacy in the classroom, on stage and at home. These kinds of program help children to get excited about reading and think about stories in a way that they never have before.
Combining arts and education is one of our highest priorities at the Alma Education and Arts Foundation. Each year we present a series of educational shows for students in grades preK-12 with a priority on literacy based performances. These shows are presented to Alma students free of charge during the school day and additional tickets are made available to area schools at a discounted rate.