The Moneta Smith Mountain Lake Library welcomed the Roanoke Children’s Theatre for its annual Fourth of July Kids on Broadway workshop/performance.

The event allows for Children to be exposed to live performance through a variety of songs from their favorite Broadway musicals such as The Little Mermaid, Aladin and other Disney classics. By the end of this program, students had the opportunity to experience the dramatic arts themselves through song, dance, and expression.

This event was part of the library’s Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is It’s Showtime At Your Library. It’s also part of the Roanoke Children’s Theatre’s outreach program where representatives visit different library programs and perform so kids can be exposed to performance.

“We also give them theatre skills,” performer Brett Roden said. “We dance, we act and we also do a little bit of music.”

Roden was one of the representatives who led the workshop for the children who were in attendance. One of the examples he gave the children for acting was the scenario of a teenager trying to convince their dad to borrow the car, but he acted the scenario several times from the perspective of different personalities each time.

“At Roanoke Children’s Theatre, we are big on literature,” Roden said. “Everything we do is literary based so all of our productions have some sort of literacy focus. Libraries are really important to us so that can make reading fun and expand students’ knowledge through imagination and books.”

-For more information, see the July 10 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-

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