The Pioneer Library System presents Antoinette and Cicada a musical play by Rhythmically Speaking as part of the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Rhythmically Speakingwill tour the nine hometown libraries included in the library system performing this Aesop’s fable with a modern twist.
The story, written by DWe Williams, is about level headed Antoinette working diligently to prepare for the winter while Cicada only dreams and plans to be American Idol’s next singing sensation. The modern fable echoes the Aesop’s fable, The Ant and the Grasshopper, and fits the children’s summer reading theme, “Catch the Reading Bug!”
Rhythmically Speaking will appear at the Purcell Public Library, 919 N. Ninth, Tuesday, June 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the Shawnee Public Library, 101 N. Philadelphia, that same day at 2 p.m. Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster, will have two performances Monday, June 16, at both 2 and 7 p.m.
Blanchard Public Library, 300 N. Main, has their performance Tuesday, June 17, at 10:30 a.m. Moore Public Library, 225 S. Howard, will have two performances Tuesday, June 17, at 2 and 7 p.m. Noble Public Library, 204 N. Fifth, has a 10 a.m. program Wednesday, June 18.
Newcastle Public Library has a 2 p.m. program Wednesday, June 18. McLoud Public Library, 133 N. Main, has the program at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 19, and, Tecumseh Public Library presents the show that day, June 19, at 2 p.m.
Rhythmically Speaking is an Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Artists Group and was formed ten years ago out of a need for authentic African American based children’s theatre. Rhythmically Speaking produces several educationally entertaining shows each year reaching thousands of children and families.
The programs are free and open to the public. The Children’s Summer Reading Program is part of a state-wide reading initiative developed by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funding from Institute of Museum and Library Services and offered with the support of Sonic, Inc., America’s Drive In. Touring programs in the Pioneer Library System are made possible through the support of Hitachi Computer Products (America), Inc., and Oklahoma Arts Council.