Children’s Theatre brings haunting to life

14 years ago

    The Houlton Star Bright Children’s Theatre announces its collaboration with local author Tim Caverly to bring his children’s book, “An Allagash Haunting”, to the stage.
    “An Allagash Haunting,” the second in a series of children’s books set in the Allagash region of northern Maine, tells the story of 10-year-old Olivia who, while on a canoe trip in the Allagash with her parents, meets with an unexpected visitor. The book is being adapted into a stage production by author Tim Caverly and the Houlton Star Bright Children’s Theatre, with plans for the Houlton Star Bright Children’s Theatre to present the play in the spring of 2011 and, hopefully, to take the production to other communities in northern Maine.
    Caverly, who retired in 1999 from a 32-year career with the Maine Department of Conservation, including 18 years as supervisor of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, and who currently works for the Millinocket School System, has written two children’s books: “An Allagash Haunting” and “Allagash Tails”.
    His love of the outdoors, combined with his own childhood experiences in the Maine wilderness and his experience working in the schools, provides a unique and authentic perspective to his children’s books. He has used his books as a literacy project and has distributed, through grants, 900 books to 40 Maine schools. He is currently working on the third book in this series, which will be available later this year.  To learn more about Caverly’s work, go to www.allagashtails.com.
    The Houlton Star Bright Children’s Theatre is seeking financial support from businesses and individuals to help bring this project to fruition. The project will help to promote knowledge and appreciation of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and northern Maine history through drama and literature while giving local children a unique opportunity to be involved in all steps of the process of taking a work of literature to the live theater stage. Anyone interested in contributing to or learning more about this project can contact Barbara Hogan at 532-2290 or via e-mail at: houltonstarbright@gmail.com.
    The Houlton Star Bright Children’s Theatre, founded in 1969 by students at Ricker College, is one of the oldest community children’s theatres in the country and offers live theater for and by children to the greater Houlton area. The Theatre is a non-profit organization supported by volunteer help and community donations.