LSPA brings Stuart Little to life for children in CLCP summer reading program
July 19 2010
Children from Benjamin Harvey Hill and Lucy Morgan Homes pictured with Stuart Little
More than 20 children, who are participants in the Troup CLCP summer reading program at Benjamin Harvey Hill and Lucy Morgan Homes, were recently guests of the Lafayette Society for Performing Arts for the Lafayette Theater Company production of Stuart Little.
Directed by Ryan McWhorter, the play brought Stuart, his parents and his friends to life for the children who have been reading the book this summer. McWhorter spoke of the important role reading has played in his life saying, “Reading sparked my imagination as I was growing up. It is important for every child to read as much as possible so they might experience that same sense of wonderment.”
Mama Jama, alter ego of Debbie Burdette, Executive Director of Troup CLCP, welcomed the audience of all ages with her trademark song, “Hey Mama Jama.” She also expressed her gratitude to the performers saying, “We appreciate the efforts of the cast and crew as they bring this children’s classic to life.”
Support from LSPA extended beyond the stage as the organization sponsored a book drive and pledged to donate $1 from every adult ticket sold, all to benefit Troup CLCP. “We’re very grateful to the LSPA board for their commitment to literacy through donations of books, financial support and for making it possible for the children to attend the performance” said Burdette.
Troup County CLCP is a collaborative between local business, education, government and community. To accomplish our goal of a certified literate community, the CLCP encourages a love of reading as a foundation for lifelong learning and supports those programs with similar goals. CLCP promotes literacy awareness and programs to assist students in need of basic literacy education.