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Budding thespians entertain at Book Fair
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Reading from The Tale of the Lazy People, by Jeffrey Fuerst, this boys part was embellished with a cane - photo by KAREN LA PIERRE

HOISINGTON — Several groups of Roosevelt Elementary School children brought imaginations to life when they performed short plays for Roosevelt School first graders from favored books at a Reader’s Theater and Book Fair last Friday.
Each third grader was given a part, and each group practiced for two weeks for 30 minutes a day. Some even memorized their lines.
The students acted each play four times.
The kids performed such plays as“Rumpelstiltskin,” the story of a person who lies about his daughter’s ability to spin straw into gold and the consequensces of the lie; “Mysterious Mr. G” by N.M. Ryan about a spoiled child who got kicked out of the house; “How Glooskap Found Summer,” a story about how summer was lost; “Tale of  Lazy People,” The Baxter Birthday Almost Disaster” by Jeffrey Fuerst about a family that forgot Mom’s birthday; and “The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark.”
“We’re working on (reading) fluency,” said Renita Schremmer, Title 1 teacher. “They have really enjoyed this and are excited to perform for the younger kids.”
The project also involved communication and teamwork and each student was assigned a part. The Hoisington Middle School KAYS, which is a service organization sponsored by Susan Lowry,
The Book Fair has been an annual event. “Anytime we can get kids to read . . . it’s great,” said Lowry.
Plus, the meeting room of the Hoisington Activity Center was full of books Friday available for purchase.