Arts & Education

Touring Stories 2016-17

Last Stop on Market Street

]by Matt de la Peña

TOURS: October – December
THEMES: friendship, family dynamics, transformation, the environment
LANGUAGE: Class and status, family dynamics, observing the world around us
This show is performed in English and Spanish!

Goin’ Someplace Special

by Patricia C. McKissack

TOURS: January – March
THEMES: Civil rights movement, Jim Crow laws, family dynamics, perseverance

El Deafo

by Cece Bell

TOURS: March – June
THEMES: Deaf culture, American Sign Language, overcoming challenges, communication, integrity
This show will be performed bilingually in spoken English and American Sign Language.



Book-It tours original adaptations of stories for children, young adults, and adults to schools, libraries, and community venues. Actors and arts educators perform stories in the unique Book-It Style™, which preserves the narrative text as it is spoken, not by a single “narrator” but as dialogue by the characters in the production and uses simple staging to challenge viewers’ imaginations.

A Touring Package:

  • Includes a performance (25-45 minutes long), book, study guide, and workshop
  • Tours to schools, libraries, and community venues
  • Accommodates audiences ranging in size from 10-500 in gyms, classrooms, and auditoriums

In conjunction with each performance, Book-It offers workshops for children and young adults to make connections between the play and the book. Students use voice, body, and imagination to create characters and explore environments, or develop a play in the Book-It Style™.  These workshops allow young people to make the leap between seeing art and creating it.

Workshop Choices

Themes in Motion Students enter the world of the story using voice, body, and imagination to explore themes, characters, and events. (Grades K-2, 30-45 min, 35 students max)

Adapt It! Stage It! Students analyze a selection of text, adapt it in the Book-It Style, and stage it for an informal performance. (Grades 3-12, one hour, 35 students max)

Touring Story $600

Additional Workshops Starting at $150 each

Additional travel fees apply 

Pictured: Maya Flory-Barnes Salas; photo by Chris Bennion.