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PRESS RELEASE 04/07/2010
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The Palo Alto Children's Theatre Kicks Off "The Big Read" With an Electronic Music Concert
Contact : ej Taylor, Assistant Director, Community Services    650-463-4930
Brittany Heideman, Theatre/Arts Specialist, Community Services    650-463-4930
Palo Alto, CA -- Electronic music artist Christopher Jette will take the stage at the kickoff event for the latest Palo Alto Children's Theatre program, "The Big Read." The Big Read is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of its citizens and is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre is one of about 250 theatres, libraries and other arts-centered institutions to receive a grant of for The Big Read. The aim of The Big Read is to promote literacy, particularly among teen boys, and the Children’s Theatre is using Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 to meet that goal.

Starting on Saturday April 10 with Christopher Jette’s performance at The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre (PACT) at 7 p.m., Big Read events will continue throughout April and May, organized by Producer Mike Miranda and high school members of PACT’s Teen Art’s Council. Theatre staff is working with five local middle and high schools, from Redwood City to Palo Alto, on raising awareness about Ray Bradbury, science fiction, and literacy in general.

Jette’s experimental performance art using electronic devices and techniques creates unique, innovative and moving pieces of music. Technology and electronic music have always had a link to science fiction. Through the marriage of electronic music and literature, the audience can imagine the world of Ray Bradbury in modern times. The concert is free and will also feature electronic music artists Aaron Mcleran and Scott Cazan.  It is a great concert for teens and their families. 

Be on the lookout for upcoming Big Read events including a free screening of the film “Fahrenheit 451,” adapted by Ray Bradbury himself at the Aquarius Theatre on April 21 at 7 p.m.  Also be sure to check out the theatrical production of Fahrenheit 451 at the end of May performed at the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.

For more information or to get involved in future Big Read events, contact the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre at 650-463-4930.  The Big Read is being put on by The Palo Alto Children's Theatre and the Menlo Park Library. The concert is at 7 p.m., at the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre on Saturday, April 10.

ABOUT Palo Alto Children’s Theatre
Founded in 1932, Palo Alto’s Children’s Theatre is one of the country’s oldest children’s theatres. Funded by the City of Palo Alto, the theatre is housed in the Lucie Stern Community Center. The theatre produces annually a variety of family-oriented entertainment with support from the non-profit organization Friends of Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Palo Alto Children’s Theatre is a leader in presenting theatre by children for children and families.