WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Leilani Solano performed an adaption of the picture book Such a Prince with the other 12 kids participating in the Act It Out program at the White Plains Library Thursday.
Childrens librarian Debra Gaffey started the three-week, three-session program about four years ago to gives kids another reason to read.
Its to support kids and their reading, and its a fun way to get them to do that, said Gaffey, who adapts a folk tale or picture book into a script for the kids to perform. I get a lot of the same faces coming back.
Leilani, 11, is one of the kids who has performed in Act It Out several times.
Even though its a short time, the kids enjoy it, said Leilanis mother, Eva Solano.
The first week, Gaffey has the kids, who are in grades three through six, play theater and improvisation games, and talk about the story they will act out. This time, Gaffey chose Such a Prince because it has a variety of roles and its funny. I look for things that are going to make the kids laugh. Those seem to be the ones they have the most fun doing.
During the second meeting, participants select their parts and read through Gaffeys adapted scripts. At the final meeting, they rehearse and perform the selected piece for friends and family.
I dont see a lot of nerves, theyre always excited, Gaffey said.
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