Book-It Repertory Theatre

Bringing Books to Life


Ada's Violin Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
by Susan Hood
TOURS: October–December
THEMES: class status, family dynamics, recycling and sustainable lifestyle, music, community
This show is performed in English and Spanish!

Whoosh! Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
by Chris Barton
TOURS: January–March
THEMES: science, innovative thinking, family dynamics, perseverance

Inside Out Header Inside Out and Back Again
by Thanhha Lai
TOURS: March–June
THEMES: poetry, refugees, family dynamics, Vietnam War, dreams


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, and study guide
  • 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 post-show 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

[quote]Themes in Motion Students enter the world of the story using voice, body, and imagination to explore themes, characters, and events. (Grades K-2, 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 3-8, one hour, 35 students max)[/quote]

Touring Story is $600 if booked before October 31; $675 after

Post-Show Workshops: First workshop is $150; additional workshops $100 each

Additional travel fees apply

Pictured: Molly, Quinn, and Danni; photos by Chris Bennion; graphic design by Kevin McKeon.