Top Secret Storytellers Clubhouse troupe to tour regions
CHILDREN across the state will have the opportunity to see storybooks brought to life with actors from the Top Secret Storytellers Clubhouse performing in towns and cities during a tour of regional Queensland.
Arts Minister Ian Walker said the storytelling troupe, which had just started its six-week tour in 14 locations including Toowoomba, Dalby, Miles, Chinchilla, Charleville and Mitchell, was part of the government's continuing push to boost touring performances throughout regional Queensland.
"Not only do they get to experience a drama performance that actively involves the audience, but it is a clever and entertaining way to encourage kids to pick up a book," he said.
"We have trebled the number of touring performances and the people who get to see them in the regions over the past two years.
"Encouraging enjoyment of drama and reading among children is a double benefit from this particular tour."
Mr Walker said the Storytellers was organised by the State Library of Queensland and visually and physically narrated children's picture books, promoting early literacy development and the joy of play-based learning.
The tour will feature more than 50 performances and 11 professional development workshops for educators, library staff, childcare workers, arts workers and parents/carers, providing practical tips, advice and resources to engage young imaginations.
For bookings and further information on the Top Secret Storytellers Clubhouse tour visit the State Library website.