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KITUS theatre comes to the library

Friends of the Truckee Library by guest columnist, Ruth Hall

I recently had the opportunity to preview some original new work by the progressive local performing arts group, K.I.T.U.S.

Besides having a lifelong love of theater, I have also been on the lookout for productions that could be sponsored by and performed at the Truckee Library. Some of you may remember the excellent production of the one-act play “The Librarian,” performed by T.A.G a few years ago.

Friends of the Library will be sponsoring one of the new K.I.T.U.S. productions, “The Drunken Garden,” an adaptation by K.I.T.U.S member Beth Lorio, a delightful journey featuring the poetry of Rumi, with puppetry, music, and multi-media, including film and shadow imagery.

Children and adults will be captivated by the production, which opens with the ancient art of Chinese Bag Theatre, with actors covered to their feet in large cloth bags, each with an individual theater on the top of her or his head. Each tiny theater has its own little curtains, actors and props. Description fails – it is a totally charming opening to the play.

The show continues with the talented artists providing Rumi-based storytelling, singing, music and poetry. The actors also utilize a variety of puppetry techniques, including stick, shadow and rod puppets.

The show is fast-paced and engaging, lasting a little over an hour and is perfect for the intimate setting of the Truckee library.

Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18. Tickets will be sold at the Library and will be $8 for adults and $3 for seniors and children under 12. School-age children, teenagers and adults will all enjoy this production. Mark your calendars and look for announcement of ticket sales.

K.I.T.U.S. is a non-profit group that has been performing locally since 1993. The five actors are individuals you have probably met at their “day jobs” working in local businesses in town. They are Brent Lindsay, Beth Lorio, Andrew Thornton, Steve Patterson and Amy Pinto.

It is the goal of Friends of the Library and K.I.T.U.S. to have a permanent location for cultural events, including theater, and discussions are underway to make that a reality.

In the meantime, plan to bring yourselves, your friends and your children to the coming production. This is a great way to expose children to the magic of theater and the creative arts. It will rekindle your own passion for live theater – it did mine.

The shows will start at 8 p.m. each evening and will be followed by a reception and behind-the-scenes discussion with the KITUS troupe.

A second new production, which I also had the privilege to preview, Brent Lindsay’s hilarious and excellently-acted tribute to Moliere, “L’Ecole de Malatete,” will be performed at Sub-Bruka Nov. 1-2. FOL hopes to sponsor this production in Truckee after the first of the year. For info on the Reno productions, call (775) 323-3221.

Special Library Meeting

County Librarian Francisco Pinneli will hold a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Truckee Library to give an update on the Truckee Library Services and Expenditures. The public is invited.

Theater at the Library

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 -18, 8 p.m.

Local theater group K.I.T.U.S. will perform “The Drunken Garden” for all ages.

Library Hours:

Monday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Special programs for Children:

“Between the Lions,” Oct. 3 – Nov. 21 (Tuesdays), 4 p.m. at the Library, for ages 4-7

Regular Childrens Programs

Saturday Morning Storytelling, for ages 3 to 7

Saturdays, 10:30 at the Library with Mrs. Fix from Church of the Mountains Preschool, starts Sept. 9

Multi-Cultural Storytime for ages 3 to 5

Fridays, 10:30 at the Library, starts Sept. 22

Toddlertime for ages 3 and under

Tuesdays, 10:30 at the Library, starts Sept. 26

Third Thursday Evenings of Fun

Third Thursday of each month, beginning in September, 7 p.m. at the Library, Sept. 21 – Teddy Bear’s Picnic, for ages 3-6

Now on display at the Library:

– Art above the fireplace by Lee Ann Masuret.

– In the display case: April Shepherd’s salt and pepper shakers; Dave Borgmeyer’s antiques

Truckee Library

10031 Levone Avenue

582-7846


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