Adventure Musical Theater performances set April 14-18 at Mid-Columbia schools

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldApril 2, 2014 

Adventure Musical Theater has a simple philosophy when it comes to reading.

When you open a book, you start an adventure!

The musical revue follows six children who visit their local library, each searching for that special book.

What they find are shelves filled with nothing but books by authors and illustrators from around the Northwest.

The touring company, which is part of the 5th Avenue Theatre's outreach program, comes to the Tri-Cities this month for a four-day visit to perform the Northwest Bookshelf production for students in grades K-8 in Benton and Franklin counties.

Terri Stephenson and Porky Thomsen have been sponsoring the touring company's visit for a few years.

"Porky and I feel it is important for young people to see professional actors present something they can relate to," Stephenson said. "The shows are educational, humorous and fun. The laughing and smiles we see on their faces make it well worth our efforts to bring this program to our area.

"We are also very fortunate to have individuals and businesses in our area help sponsor this great program."

There are 10 performances planned at schools around the Mid-Columbia, but everyone is invited to attend, she said.

Admission is free.

Here's the schedule:

April 14: 9:30 a.m. show in the Art Fuller Auditorium at Kennewick High School, 500 S. Dayton St.

April 14: 1 p.m. show in the auditorium at Columbia High School, 755 Maple St., Burbank.

April 15: 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. shows at Chiawana High School auditorium, 8125 W. Argent Road, Pasco.

April 17: 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. shows in the auditorium at Connell High School, 1100 W. Clark St., Connell.

April 18: 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. shows in the auditorium at Chief Joseph Middle School, 504 Wilson Ave., Richland.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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