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ECU’s Storybook Theatre troupe presented the story, “The Rainbow Fish” to a captivated audience of elementary school children Sept. 28. The children enjoying the show are in a mentor program in which local at risk grade school students are paired with students in the ECU Honors Program. (Photo by Joy Holster)

Target Grant will Expand Storybook Theatre Tours

The School of Theatre and Dance’s Storybook Theatre has received a $5,000 gift from Target to expand their tours of elementary schools in Pitt and surrounding counties.

“This funding from Target will really help us grow,” said Patch Clark, professor of theatre and director of the troupe. “It can further help us to create an interest in reading through participation and visual literacy.”

While entertaining children and promoting visual literacy, Storybook Theatre provides opportunities for ECU students to enhance their own learning experiences. “We have great ideas for the program,” said Clark.

“Our hope is to have a playwriting contest for the kids and to also establish a Storybook Theatre Junior program in the elementary schools.”

The funding from Target will help the group to create fresh costumes and sets, develop new scripts, and offset the costs of transportation.

The troupe will perform on campus as part of the Family Fare series, presenting “James and the Giant Peach” Nov. 11, and Chester Freeman’s “Runaway Bear,” April 14.

This page originally appeared in the Oct. 6, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at