“Tomás and the Library Lady” is the first show in new “Theater for Young Audiences” Series
Offered by: Platte Valley Players
The Platte Valley Players, Brighton’s nationally award-winning community theater, presents “Tomás and the Library Lady”, the true and inspiring story of Tomás Rivera, son of migrant workers, who is introduced to the wonderful world of books by a local librarian. This play is being presented free of charge as part of The Platte Valley Players new “Theater for Young Audiences” series on Saturday, July 30th at 11am and 1:00pm, and again on Saturday August 6th at 11am and 1:00pm at the Armory Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong Street in Brighton, Colorado.
Adapted by José Cruz González from the book by Pat Mora, young Tomás and his family travel from Texas to Iowa for long days working in the fields, followed by nights listening to his grandfather’s stories. After being told there are more stories in the library, Tomas meets the local library lady who introduces him to books and all the places they can take him. Based on the true story of Mexican American author and educator Tomás Rivera, the story illustrates how his love of books leads to a lifetime of curiosity and learning. Writing his own success story, Tomás becomes the first person of color to become Chancellor of the University of California Riverside which is home to the school library that bears his name.
“We are thrilled to make this fun, entertaining production available to area young audiences for free”, said Kelly Van Oosbree, Artistic Director for the Platte Valley Players. “It’s such a powerful message, told in a very relatable and entertaining way for young audiences. Bringing live theater to kids is a thrill in itself but having a great message within the story is doubly fun. Come and enjoy this with us!”
Tickets for “Tomas and the Library Lady” are free but must be reserved through the Platte Valley Players website at www.plattevalleyplayers.org. Tickets are limited so please reserve yours today.
The Platte Valley Players are thankful for funding partnerships of the Colorado Creative Industries, The SCFD Fund, the City of Brighton’s Lodging Tax Grant along with the support of many local businesses who sustain live performing arts.