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National touring theater company to appear at city library

July 8, 2012
Williamsport Sun-Gazette

The national touring theatrical troupe Activated Story Theatre will return to Williamsport to "act!vate" multicultural folktales at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St. at 10:30 a.m. Friday. The 45-minute program is free and suitable for all ages. For more information, call the library at 326-0536 or visit

Kids are invited to learn parts to perform on stage as "guest stars." To get a part in the show, kids ages 6 and older must attend the free pre-show theater workshop, which begins half an hour before showtime. Participation is limited to 12 children, no experience necessary. The performance itself is open to everyone.

Activated Story Theatre productions are high-energy dramatizations of folktales. They don't just tell stories, they "act!vate" them. Each show incorporates physical comedy, zany props and costumes, audience participation, music, American Sign Language and a unique set: an oversize "book" with pages that turn to reveal scenery. The Reno Gazette-Journal said, "They have reinvented the art of theatrical storytelling."

Activated Story Theatre was founded in San Francisco in 1988 by Dennis and Kimberly Goza. The professional touring troupe has performed in 45 states plus Washington, D.C., and Japan and has made several previous appearances in Williams- port.



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