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Berks Spotlight – Summer Library Tour features one-act fantasy play ‘The Great Alphabet Adventure’

The Summer Library Tour, a partnership between Yocum Institute for Arts Education and Berks County Public Libraries, is back to bring engaging arts education, creative performances, and innovative programs directly to local libraries.

This partnership has been enriching the community for many years, creating opportunities for connection and learning through the arts.

This year’s featured performance is a one-act fantasy play titled “The Great Alphabet Adventure.” Running for 40 minutes, this production is designed to captivate a diverse audience, including pre-teens (ages 11-13), teens (ages 14-18), children (ages 6-10), and is suitable for all ages.

Synopsis: On a rainy afternoon, Alex comes home from school, eager to play video games. When a power outage forces him to read, Alex is convinced he will die of boredom. His perspective changes when Zora, the adventurous new girl next door, discovers Alex’s old picture book, The Great Alphabet Adventure, is mysteriously blank.

Together, they embark on a quest to find the missing letters and restore the book. Along the way, Alex’s room transforms into fantastical worlds filled with quirky characters, leading them on an exciting treasure hunt through the alphabet. Through their journey, Alex and Zora learn about the joys of reading and the value of friendship.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Monday, July 15

– Daniel Boone Public Library: 10:15 a.m.

– Bernville Area Community Library: 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 16

– Bethel-Tulpehocken Public Library: 11 a.m.

– Hamburg Public Library: 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 17

– Wernersville Public Library: 10:30 a.m.

– Muhlenberg Community Library: 1:30 p.m.

– Kutztown Community Library: 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 18

– Robesonia Community Library: 10:30 a.m.

– Exeter Community Library: 1 p.m.

– Mifflin Community Library: 6 p.m.

Friday, July 19

– Oley Valley Community Library: 10:30 a.m.

– West Lawn Wyomissing Hills Library: 1 p.m.

Art

“Carved from Our Roots,” an exhibition exploring the life and work of contemporary Pennsylvania sculptor Marshall D. Rumbaugh (1948-2023), runs through Oct. 1 in the gallery at the DeLight E. Breidegam Building, Headquarters of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University.

The exhibition features artistic works in wood and stone inspired by the folk art traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch.

Carved from Our Roots features artistic works in wood and stone by Pennsylvania sculptor Marshall D. Rumbaugh (1948-2023) inspired by the folk art traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch. The exhibition runs through Oct. 1 in the gallery at the DeLight E. Breidegam Building. (Photo courtesy of Kutztown University)
Carved from Our Roots features artistic works in wood and stone by Pennsylvania sculptor Marshall D. Rumbaugh (1948-2023) inspired by the folk art traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch. The exhibition runs through Oct. 1 in the gallery at the DeLight E. Breidegam Building. (Photo courtesy of Kutztown University)

Blending his love of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art with his formal training in modern and traditional sculpture, Rumbaugh carved a diverse range of figural, geometric and functional works of art that explored his roots as a native of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Marshall is best known for his polychromed figural sculptures celebrating diverse American heroes and visionaries whose humanity influenced the soul of the nation. Two sculptures depicting Civil Rights leader Rosa Parks and Quaker Abolitionist Benjamin Lay are part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution; and his works have been celebrated internationally in institutional and private collections.

Marshall studied under American sculptor Hope Cumming Horn (1920-2001) of Scranton, as well as master carver of altarpieces and nativities Herbert Schneider (1929-2023) of Oberamergau, Germany. Through his iconic portrayals, dynamic composition and devoted attention to detail, Marshall’s works embody his sacred and contemporary influences, depicting the folk-cultural stories of American communities with reverence and humanity.

Admission to the exhibition is free to the public. Visitors can explore the exhibition during regular gallery hours 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit www.pagerman.org.

Reading Theater Project

The Reading Theater Project and JCWK Dance Lab have announced the 2024 In Nature’s Studio, an outdoor performance event at the Reading Public Museum Arboretum, will take place July 21 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. It is free to attend, thanks to grant support from the Reading Musical Foundation and the United Way of Berks County. Donations are welcome. More information can be found at readingtheaterproject.org.

“In Nature’s Studio flips a typical theater experience, stationing the performers outside and in one place while the audience moves from piece to piece. It’s welcoming to all,” said Vicki Haller Graff, artistic director of the Reading Theater Project. “We’ve had an audience of all ages, and even dogs, deer, and geese.”

In Nature's Studio, an outdoor performance event at the Reading Public Museum Arboretum, will take place July 21 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (Courtesy of Reading Theater Project)
In Nature’s Studio, an outdoor performance event at the Reading Public Museum Arboretum, will take place July 21 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (Courtesy of Reading Theater Project)

The performance features new dance works by Jessica Warchal-King of JCWK Dance Lab, musical performances created by chanteuse Tamara Black, oboist Jill Haley, and saxophonist and composer Chris Heslop, and new theater featuring Jeanette Fotis, Matt Fotis, Erick Goldsmith, Joel Gori, Emily Hannon, Andrea Kennedy Hart, Kimberly Patterson, Adam Richter, Megan Rose, Rob Weidman, and Amy Young. Kayla Laucks is the stage manager.

The park already has a wheelchair accessible path with a route that takes about 10-15 minutes to walk. The audience, rather than sitting and watching, walks and stops to see the performances stationed along the path, with each performance lasting about five minutes. All performances use pieces of art and exhibits from the “Lost World of Dragons” and “Scales of Gold, Wings of Jade” exhibits at the Reading Public Museum as inspiration and are appropriate for all audiences.

The audience can choose to wander on their own or follow a guided path (which ensures they will see all performances). Along the way, plein air painters from Art Plus Gallery will be painting the park and performances.

Audience members are encouraged to visit the Reading Public Museum exhibits before the
performance (regular fees apply).

 


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