Stories Alive at Keystone treats kids to storytelling
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Every Tuesday at 6 p.m., Dr. Seuss, Mother Goose and other fantastical creatures come alive at the Pavilion at Keystone.
For the first half hour, students from Summit High school’s speech and debate team tell stories to kids, and at 6:30 p.m., the focus turns to kids’ creativity: Kids get a chance to make up small skits with a prop or two, play theater games or color.
Tuesday night’s hour features Dr. Seuss, followed by Shel Silverstein on July 28.
The storytelling nights act as an outreach program, where local teens perform for kids and teach storytelling skills. The mission is to promote an understanding and love of storytelling and performing in young children.
Chamonix Adams Porter has been on the speech and debate team for two years and is now the speech captain.
“Speech and debate is a fantastic, creative and interpersonal outlet for students,” Porter said. “I enjoy not only performing but also spending time with team members.”
Porter signed up for Stories Alive! Story Hour in order to use performance to connect with children.
“This is a great opportunity for parents and children to both be entertained with favorite stories and to experience performing live,” he said.
Austin Miller is going into his fourth year with the team.
“It’s a lot of fun and I’ve learned a lot and gained a lot of confidence in regards to speaking in front of people,” Miller said.
His goal: to have a good time while helping kids have fun and learn something along the way.
“The event is a lot of fun for everyone involved and is a way to challenge kids to be brave and do something out of the ordinary,” he said.
Robin Harris is the vice president of the team.
“(Our mission is) to share, to learn and to enjoy a variety of stories or poems with different age groups and hopefully to get some kids interested in the theater,” Harris said, adding that the event is good practice for speaking, “which I need for my speech and debate.”
Ruby Hornback competes in humorous interpretation on the team. She thinks the story hour is a great way to learn about favorite poems, then exercise kids’ creativity in putting together a skit.
Anyone is welcome at the events, even if they just want to sit back and watch, Harris said.
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