Through a special partnership between The Theatre Guild Inc. of Morristown and the Hamblen County Department of Instruction, several thousand Lakeway area students have been educated and entertained in a unique way. The Books Alive! program which started during the 2007-2008 school year has blossomed into an anticipated annual event among elementary classes.
Each Books Alive! show is a stage adaptation of a wildly popular children’s book. Something interesting about our production is that it is truly designed as an experience for school groups. We build an entire educational program around a story. This process includes choosing a relevant, engaging children’s book, working with the author, creating accompanying curriculum that is based on Tennessee state standards, and producing it in a way that children learn about literature and drama from the experience. We also feature area students under the direction and guidance of Hamblen County teachers so that from the stage to the audience, the whole production is education based.
Each class that attends our Books Alive! show receives a copy of the book and accompanying, standards-based curriculum.
Our past productions have included:
- Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business
- Miss Nelson is Missing
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
- How I Became a Pirate