Sunday, Jun 6, 2021 at 10:00am
Live, interactive readings of social justice picture books for grades K-3
Westport Country Playhouse will launch “Story Hour with Jenny,” a live, virtual series to engage children, grades K-3, in an interactive reading of social justice picture books.
“Looking back, I have such fond memories of being read to by my parents, teachers, and especially our neighborhood librarian, Mrs. Dean,” said Nelson. “Now, as a teacher myself, I continue to find such joy in reading to children and engaging them in different experiences outside of their everyday world. This story hour will be lots of fun and a great introduction to the values that center our new education department.”
The books in the series are written and illustrated by BIPOC artists. Their themes center on the four pillars of the Playhouse’s education department: Empathy, collaboration, activism, and literacy. For each “Story Hour with Jenny,” kids will receive the book and an activity packet. All books were purchased by the Playhouse from People Get Ready, a Black-owned community book space in New Haven. https://www.peoplegetreadybooks.com/
“Lubaya’s Quiet Roar” by Newbery Honor winner Marilyn Nelson, paintings by Philomena Williamson, ©2020, will address the Playhouse’s pillar of education, activism, on June 6. This lyrical, impactful story tells how every child, even the quietest, can make a difference in their community and world. Young Lubaya is happiest when she’s drawing, often behind the sofa while her family watches TV. There, she creates pictures on the backs of her parents’ old protest posters. But when upsetting news shouts into their living room, her parents need the posters again. The next day her family takes part in a march, and there, on one side of the posters being held high, are Lubaya’s drawings of kids holding hands and of the sun shining over the globe–rousing visual statements of how the world could be. “Lubaya’s roar may not be loud, but a quiet roar can make history,” said the author.
Jenny Nelson, who will lead “Story Hour with Jenny,” hails from Arizona where she received her bachelor’s degree in theater, master’s degree in theater from the University of Arizona, and a second master’s degree in education from Fairfield University. She is the associate artistic director of Collective Consciousness Theatre, a social justice theater in New Haven. She has taught at several universities, including City College of New York in the graduate program for theater professionals and educators. She has also worked as an artist and educator at several theaters, including Long Wharf Theatre, Shubert Theatre, and Yale Repertory Theatre. Recently, Nelson was a nominee for the Tony Teaching Award of Excellence.
Each “Story Hour with Jenny” session, including picture book and activity packet, is $40 per family. There is also a pay-what-you-can option, minimum $10. Enrollment is open three weeks prior to each session. Limited enrollment; first come, first serve. To register, visit https://tickets.westportplayhouse.org/overview/storyhour, call the Playhouse box office at (203) 227-4177, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education programming at Westport Country Playhouse is generously supported by Roz and Bud Siegel.
Due to the global pandemic, the Playhouse campus remains closed since March 2020. The 2021 Season is scheduled to begin in April, online and in-person. Playhouse management will be following the science and the State of Connecticut Department of Health guidelines in deciding when and how to safely open its buildings to the public.
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