Hollywood’s Golden Age Theater Actors Perform at Boys Girls Club of the Suncoast Royal Theater

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Through an educational initiative using the arts to revitalize children to read, Hollywood actors from Golden Age Theater in Los Angeles performed at the Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast’s Royal Theater in St. Petersburg, FL, to help make learning fun.

Teachers across the nation have given rave reviews of this form of “live” story teaching through the arts

Two Hollywood actors from the Golden Age Theater in Los Angeles visited the Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast’s Royal Theater on Friday, August 23rd to put on a show to a room of nearly 40 children. Emmy-winning actor John Mariano (Desperate Housewives) along with Jesse Kove(First Day TV series) were in Tampa Bay that weekend to perform a dramatic live-story presentation at the old Historic Fort Harrison hotel. Joanie Sigal, who serves as the Golden Age Theater’s spokesperson for Tampa Bay, also performed with the actors.

At the Boys & Girls’ Club, Marion, Kove and Sigal re-enacted excerpts of a chilling fantasy called ‘Borrowed Glory,’ written by award-winning writer L. Ron Hubbard. The haunting yarn is about an old woman’s return to youth with the promise of happiness—if only for forty-eight hours—and has been dubbed by critics as a “compellingly crafted tale.” Award-winning singer-songwriter, Harriet Schock wrote three new songs that accompanied the story’s performance.

The trip was entertaining as well as educational, as part of a childrens’ cultural initiative by the Golden Age Theatre to teach the art of live theatrical reading that allows participation. Teachers across the nation have given rave reviews of this form of “live” story teaching through the arts, which allows children to become part of the story (as they participate), helping them understand the story better and consequently enjoy reading as a result.
The Royal Theater’s mission has always been to encourage diverse artistic, cultural and educational activities for disadvantaged youth through quality arts education.

“The kids were delighted to have the [Golden Age Theater] actors perform for them!” stated the Royal Theater Director, Herbert Murphy. “It means a lot to the kids to be able to meet, talk to and learn from the real people in the professions they are aspiring toward.”

The Golden Age Theater has been reviewed by LA Weekly which called it “a unique, rarely seen form of family entertainment.” CBS Radio’s contributing Arts and Entertainment Critic, Todd David Schwartz, gave the shows “FOUR STARS (Highest Rating) [for] Southern California’s most refreshingly unique entertainment experience.”

R.F Daley (Bridesmaids), who was unable to attend the Boys & Girls’ Club jaunt that day, performed with the Golden Age Theater troupe later at the evening’s performance. The entire cast also put on a show at Books a Million the following Sunday in Brandon, FL.

“We’re using the arts to revitalize kids to read,” said Sigal, “thereby raising the educational level by making learning fun!”

About the Stories from the Golden Age:
Stories from the Golden Age contains 153 stories all written by Hubbard during the 1930s and 1940s—in genres ranging from Mystery to Thriller, Science Fiction and Fantasy to Adventure and Western, using his own and fifteen pen names—widely considered America’s Golden Age of Fiction. The print version of each work includes the pulp fiction artwork that originally accompanied the story in magazine publication. In addition, each title offers a full-cast, unabridged audio theatrical presentation complete with theme music and sound effects. For more information on the books and audio books visit http://www.goldenagestories.com.

About the Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast:
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America movement came to Pinellas County in November 1959 with the founding of the Boys Club of Pinellas Park by Police Chief Maurice L. MacTarsney and Margret “Peg” Nunn. The Club began operating in January 1960 in an old frame building leased from the City of Pinellas Park with its 1st executive director, James S Hart Jr. The Boys Clubs of Pinellas, Inc. was chartered in August 1967 when its second club opened at the Northside location in St. Petersburg. In May 1970, at the urging of both the United Way and the Boys Clubs of America, the Boys Clubs of Pinellas County, Inc. was organized. In 1991, the Boys Clubs of Pinellas County opened its programs to all youth, forming Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast (BGCS), as we know it today, now with eleven locations. The sole purpose of BGCS is to provide children, youth, their families and the community opportunities for safe, structured, well supervised after school and summer youth programs, with an emphasis on leadership, education and self-sufficiency. The organization has proven its commitment to service for children and community members with innovative and progressive programming and opportunities. Supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs include government politicians, law enforcement agency representatives, financial institutions, and education boards, among other concerned citizens. Visit http://www.bgcsuncoast.org.

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Diane D. Stein, JoTo Extreme PR

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