Help Us Get The Kids Off the Couch!

Award-winning storyteller Vicky Town spins her tales at UDPAC on April 25 at 7:30pm. The age-old art of storytelling is much more than entertainment…it’s a way to enhance your child’s health and well-being!

Your child in front of the TV...
Your child in front of the TV…

What will your child gain when he attends Vicky Town’s “Your GPS to Adventure,” an hour of interactive storytelling about an Appalachian Cinderella, complete with bluegrass musicians? Besides the valuable one-on-one time – getting to and from the theater – when the lights go up on the stage your child will be using his imagination to follow the story, engaging with Vicky on stage, moving to the music, and benefitting from the social interaction with those around him.

As the studies continue to roll in, we learn about the negative affects of our children’s increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Research shows that the more children spend solitarily watching TV and playing video games, the less they engage in exercise, social interaction, and obtaining valuable sleep. The most recent study from Harvard published this Monday (April 14, 2014) in the journal Pediatrics finds the more TV kids watch, the less they tend to sleep. Read more about the study here. And many studies show that sleep deprivation in kids is responsible for decreased performance in school, depression, injury and obesity.

Your children actively engaged and interacting with storyteller, Vicky Town!
Your children actively engaged and interacting with storyteller, Vicky Town!

“…when children play with story, they are practicing elegant language, story motifs and structure, and immersing themselves in another world where they can see the cause and effect of each character’s decisions.”

– Vicky Town

Vicky adds, “Studies have shown that the act of telling or joining in a story invigorates the whole person and provides joy. Not bad for an art form that is presented very simply. And when children play with story, they are practicing elegant language, story motifs and structure, and immersing themselves in another world where they can see the cause and effect of each character’s decisions.”

Children are spending an average of seven hours a day on entertainment media. Not only is the American Academy of Pediatrics recommending limiting screen time to 1-2 hours a day, but they recommend completely avoiding screen time for children 2 and under as “children learn best by interacting with people, not screens.” (Link to source.)

Vicky Town – an inaugural member of Summer Stage in 1976 tap-danced her way through Anything Goes – was a Summer Stage staff member from 1992 through 2007, teaching almost a generation of Apprentices the art of movement, storytelling and improvisation. She moved to Virginia in 2008 when she married, and now Vicky shares her gift of storytelling full time at performances, schools, and libraries. And in doing so, she takes her campaign on the road to get kids moving and interacting through the art of storytelling.

Vicky interacts with the young audience.
Vicky interacts with the young audience.

We’re thrilled to have Vicky Town back on the UDPAC stage, where in addition to teaching the thousands of Summer Stage Apprentices over the years, she was instrumental in introducing the love of performing for hundreds of special needs kids who attended Camp Friendship.

“I believe that face to face communication satisfies human beings on so many levels that it is imperative for our health,” says Vicky. “This is especially true for children. How many times have we seen an entire family busily texting or talking to others but not with the ones who are present?”

Not to mention the valuable “after glow,” those priceless moments in the car with your child on the way home from the show, discussing lessons-learned and connecting with your child about what he just experienced. Indeed, an hour spent with your child and Vicky Town brings much more value than the affordable cost of the ticket – just $6 – $9!

Vicky provided us with a great quote: “Einstein said—-if you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” That Einstein was one smart guy.

-Lauren Stevenson Yacina

IF YOU GO:

WHAT:      Award-winning storyteller Vicky Town presents “Your GPS to Adventure!

WHEN:      April 25 at 7:30 pm

WHERE:   At Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill

Tickets:    $6-$9

Purchase online: www.udpac.org or call the Box Office, 610.622.1189 (Box Office is closed this week for Upper Darby Township School District Spring Break, but online Box Office is ALWAYS open!)

One hour, appropriate for children 4 and up.

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