Porch Lies Book Cover ArtworkA few days ago, I mentioned the Black Rep does a stage production of Pat’s book, Porch Lies. Our friends at RoundTrips are producing a videoconference on that play! Here’s more information on the distance learning program, which takes place next month:

As part of its continuing collaboration with HEC-TV Live!, RoundTrips is very pleased to announce a new, free videoconference with the St. Louis Black Repertory Company.  Explore the world of theatre, ask questions of actors, directors and designers, and see live excerpts from the Black Rep’s touring productions of Porch Lies.


The Black Rep Presents: Porch Lies
Date: April 14, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time
Grade Level: Grades 2-6

About the Videoconference: Join RoundTrips and HEC-TV Live! from the rehearsal space of the St. Louis Black Repertory Company to enjoy excerpts from their touring performance of Porch Lies, adapted by Linda Kennedy from Patricia McKissick’s endearing book. Meet the actors and director who bring the story to life. View a performance of scenes from the show. Ask your questions of what it means to “act a part.” How do the actors prepare? How do they create a character? What does the director do? What’s it like to stage a touring production in a variety of different places? Participants will meet actors, director, and designers to discuss how the show came to life from the first phase of design to the final phase of implementation. Ask your questions of actors, directors and designers who are part of America’s largest professional African-American theatre company.

About the Play: Side-splittingly funny, spine-chillingly spooky, this sequel to a Newberry Honor-winning anthology is filled with bad characters who know how to charm. It takes us back to McKissick’s own childhood when she would listen to stories told on her front porch. . . to the captivating introductions to each tale, in which the storyteller introduces himself and sets the stage for what follows. . . to the ten entertaining tales. In “The Best Lie Ever Told,” meet Dooley Hunter, a trickster who spins an enormous whopper at the State Liar’s Contest. In “Aunt Gran and the Outlaws,” watch a little old lady slickster outsmart Frank and Jesse James. And in “Cake Norris Lives On,” meet a man some folks believe may have died up to twenty-seven different times!

TO SIGN UP FOR THIS VIDEOCONFERENCE, contact RoundTrips.

Random House Inc Another book in the McKissack library is Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and other Wily Characters. Andre Carrilho illustrated the book, [ISBN: 978-0-375-83619-0 (0-375-83619-5)].

ABOUT THIS BOOK, from Random House Inc.

“Side-splittingly funny, spine-chillingly spooky, this companion to a Newbery Honor-winning anthology is filled with bad characters who know exactly how to charm. From the author’s note, that takes us back to McKissack’s own childhood when she would listen to stories told on her front porch… to the captivating introductions to each tale, in which the storyteller introduces himself and sets the stage for what follows… to the ten entertaining tales themselves here is a worthy successor to McKissack’s The Dark Thirty.”

AWARDS
WINNER 2006 – Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Book
WINNER 2007
– ALA Notable Children’s Book

Added bonus! If you live in the St. Louis area, you can see a live production of Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and other Wily Characters with The St. Louis Black Rep, adapted by Ron Himes & Linda Kennedy: Tales filled with humor and exaggeration, master storyteller Patricia C. McKissack transports us to the front porch — a place where lightening bugs flash, lemonade is poured, and tales about slickster-tricksters are an every-night treat.

  • Kg – 5th grades
  • Suitable for all audiences
  • 45 – Minute per session
  • Subject Areas
  • Communication Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Storytelling

From The Black Repertory of St. Louis website (http://www.theblackrep.org):  “The Black Rep offers Education and Community Programs to assist educators and community groups in efforts to provide academic experiences for young people and adults. A major component in these efforts are the performances of The Black Rep Touring Company. Each year, The Black Rep Touring Company performs more than 150 shows for schools, community centers, corporations, churches and other organizations in St. Louis and throughout the Midwest region. Touring shows compliment academic curriculum by illustrating history, teaching literature, and reinforcing morals.”  Included this year is author Patricia McKissack’s Porch Lies! For information on bringing this touring production to your elementary school, click here.

For our readers in the St. Louis metropolitan area: the premiere production of Porch Lies to be performed by The Black Rep at St. Louis County Library Headquarters has been postponed.  The production has been rescheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, February 15, at the Headquarters Branch.  Patricia McKissack will autograph copies of her book at the rescheduled event.