The Noyes Fine Arts Foundation's Book Bash Program brings the magic of theatre and the gift of literacy to schools, hospitals, shelters and other organizations in the greater Houston area by presenting a Books Alive! production performed by professional actors. Books Alive! works with authors to adapt children's literature into fully staged, original 45 minute musicals.
Study after study has shown that the arts are more than fluff. A play makes a story jump off of the page and bring it to life. This is often a revelation to regular bookworms, but more importantly is an inspiration to reluctant readers. It serves as an early intervention catalyst to ignite a creative spark, and a desire to read. Book Bash brings to students the magic of live theatre combined with the love of books, but best of all… provides the very opportunity for everyone to discover the simple joy of reading.
Book Bash is a unique program presented to many Title One Schools, TX Children's Hospital, local homeless shelters, libraries and other venues where students have a limited exposure to the arts. For many underserved children in our poorest communities, advanced reading skills, and literacy in general, will help free them from the limits placed on them by poverty. When it comes to education and equity, leveling the playing field where all students have access to quality programming is vital.
Book Bash touring production is "CHICKEN BIG" by Keith Graves,
adapted to the stage as a one act musical by Books Alive!
Synopsis: On a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big, giant egg. And out of this egg came one big, humongous . . . something. "Run for your lives!" the other chickens cried. No matter how they try, these clueless chickens can't make sense of the gigantic new member of their family until he saves the day.