New readers wow crowd with "Readers' Theater"

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) — A group of five women brought down the house with their rendition of "The House on Mango Street" Friday afternoon in Wilmington.

The Cape Fear Literacy Council held a luncheon featuring adult literacy students' "Readers' Theatre."

The fundraiser was held at the Lee Parish Hall of St. James Parish on Dock between 3rd and 4th Streets. Supporters of the Cape Fear Literacy Council enjoyed lunch before watching and listening to Readers' Theater.

Members of the Readers' Theater meet twice a week for several months at a time to read and discuss various material and work on confidence and public speaking skills. Then they perform by reading aloud in front of audiences around the Port City.

On Friday, the women read parts of the Sandra Cisneros book with plenty of expression, enthusiasm, and talent.

What may have impressed the audience most is the fact that all of the women are new readers. They all came to CFLC to improve their reading skills or begin to read for the first time.  Now, it's impossible to tell they haven't been lifelong readers.

After the performance, which got a standing ovation, the women said they only hope their success will encourage other adults to come forward and learn how to read, because it's never too late.

To learn more about Readers' Theater or the Cape Fear Literacy Council, click here or call 910-251-0911.

Copyright 2011 WECT. All rights reserved.