“When you read, every day is an adventure.”
-Page Turner and her slapstick sidekick, Kenny, a former Ringling Bros. clown
About 1800 fourth and fifth graders from schools across Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties attended TheatreWorks USA’s production of Steam Trunk Circus last week. Genesee Valley, Olean High School and Arcade Elementary opened their auditoriums to host these performances.
Steam Trunk Circus marked the first performance of the school year contracted by BOCES. BOCES Arts-In-Education helps schools enrich the lives of their K-5th grade students by providing opportunities to experience the performing arts. Teachers received Storyologist Handbooks filled with classroom activities to supplement their Language Arts curriculum goals.
The performers made the audience become the heroes of the story by tasking them to solve problems and infer and predict by paying attention to clues. An old trunk, a mysterious book and Harry Houdini’s hat set the tale in motion. The audience willingly did this, laughing all the way at Kenny’s comedic antics. Thanks to Page Turner and Kenny Mikey, there are now 1800 new, official Storyologists in the Southern Tier who are ready to collect, tell and write their own stories.
Page Turner Adventures, from Florida, has teamed up with TheatreWorks USA, a professional acting company based out of New York City. TheatreWorks USA is America’s largest and most prolific professional theatre for young audiences. For more information, contact CABOCES Student Programs at 716-376-8284.
By: Jean Oliverio, CA BOCES Student Programming