Monday, March 8, 2010

Oh the THINKS you can think up!

ASF repertory actress, and contributor to "Ask and Actor" on this blog, Lauren Sowa recently visited a local school room and shares this inspiring report!

"Oh, the THINKS you can think up if only you try! If you try, you can think up a GUFF going by."

I'm not quite sure what a Guff is, but if it's a creature that helps stir up the imagination of Alabama schoolchildren then I think there was one in Montgomery Friday. My fellow actor and roommate, Melanie and I went into the Highland Ave. Elementary School Friday to read a few Dr. Seuss books to the children as part of the Read Across America program. The kids were adorable and probably didn't know what to make of us with our silly voices and large gestures. Melanie read "Oh, the THINKS you can think!" with gusto and I ended up reading the teacher's choice: "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" - never heard of it? Me neither. Have you ever tried to sight read a Dr. Seuss book?!?! Not easy. About halfway through I realized I was working up a sweat - playing five or so different characters and warning the people of the Kingdom of Didd that large blobs of oobleck were raining from the sky! The book, in the end, teaches the importance of the simple and powerful words "I'm sorry." All in all, it was a hour well spent, sharing the joy of reading and the power of imagination with a small classroom full of the creative minds of the next generation. Now, back to Shakespeare!