You, too, can tell a story from the heart…

Perhaps you read my series called “Stories from the Heart” that ran in the  in the Observer  a few years back.  The thirteen first-hand accounts concerned members of our local Hispanic community — stories that centered on their everyday struggle in the current ICE-y climate of surveillance and arrest right here on our (seemingly) peaceful Peninsula.

This coming Wednesday evening, there will be an opportunity for all of us to audition for a similar story-telling experience — this time in a readers theater presentation called “American Dreams.”  Sponsored through a grant from the Seattle-based Abe Keller Peace Education Fund, our local Pacific County Immigrant Support group is mounting this production under the able direction of Sandy Nielson — performances to take place Saturday April 25 in Ilwaco and April 26 in Raymond.

Readers Theater production of Our Town, Intermountain Theater, Placerville, CA

Cate Gable gave more detail in her January 29th column but some of the bottom lines are:  the play was written by Linda Britt, a Professor of Spanish at the University of Maine and involves a series of monlogues by immigrants in varying circumstances — a blind immigrant from Canada, a woman from Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as voices from Mexico, Guatamala, China, Russia and Egypt.  The ages of the storytellers range from teens to octogenarians and, among the heart-tugging revelations, “illustrate the range of differing circumstances of our U.S. immigration rules.”

The readers theater model (upon which Lawrence Lessard and I developed “Shoalwater Storytellers” back in the ’80s) is near and dear to my heart.  It can take many forms, but all involve reading from a script — no memorization involved.  If you can read aloud, you can do readers’ theater.  If you can take on another persona while reading, so much the better!

Readers Theater presentation of “A Wrinkle in Time”

Auditions take place from 4 to 7 this Wednesday, February 5 in the north end room of the Ilwaco Library building.  According to Sandy, “There are quite a few monologues from people aged 20-40 and it would be nice to have those read by people who are actually in that age range.”  Here’s your chance to get involved — to walk the walk while you, literally, talk the talk!  Come to the auditions!  Bring a young person with you or vice-versa!

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