Friday, January 31, 2014

Readers Theatre: Idaho Writers

"Idaho Readers Reading Idaho Writers" was the theme of January's Readers Theatre performance. The group kicked off the 2014 Spring semester with selections from a variety of published Idaho writers, some famous (and some not-so-famous). At least six of the twelve writers whose works were performed were or still are Pocatello residents.
Readers Theatre newcomer Sharron Prokschl introduced the performance with "The Unknown Idaho" by Margie McDevitt. Grant Thomas read an excerpt from Ron Watters', "I Have My Art." Carole Hagler read a comic piece, "The Family Campers' Dictionary," from Patrick McManus' book, Never Sniff a Gift Fish. 
Marg Griffin read an excerpt from Michael Corrigan's book, These Precious Hours, and Virginia Kelly chose an excerpt from Ralph Thurston's book, The Coping Stone.
Ron Gill read his own work, "Tracking Tarzan in Idaho," about the writer Edgar Rice Burroughs. Jane Riley and Linda Smith shared a reading of "The Lure of Fishing" by Shirley Lund.

Cheryl Lyda read "The Center Street Underpass," from her book, Walking Pocatello, and Audene Campbell read a biographical sketch of Vardis Fisher, from 50 Western Writers.
Eight Readers took roles in a performance of Ella Rast's The Whole Dam Story: The Drowning and Rising of a River City in the West. The group included Jane Riley, Lois Wellard, Linda Smoth, Grant Thomas, Virginia Kelly, Marg Griffin, Ron Gill, and Carole Hagler. The author, Ella Rast, who died in 2013, was a member of NKA and Readers Theatre. 
Carol Nelson read an excerpt from Marilynne Robinson's book, Gilead. Carol also closed out the afternoon's performance with an a cappella rendition of Ronee Blakley's song, "My Idaho Home." Blakley wrote this song in 1975 for the film, Nashville. 
See a clip of Blakley's performance at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxrUGz8Dh-s
The next Readers Theatre performance is scheduled for Thursday, February 27th, and will focus on tall tales and yarns, as well as witticisms by Will Rogers.
We hope to see YOU in the audience!