The Kennedy Center Teams Up with RealNetworks to Put Children's Books Online
The Kennedy Center has teamed up with RealNetworks to put some of the most popular children's books on computer screens around the world.
Children and their families can now view online adaptations of Judith Viorst's classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, of which the theatrical version is a Kennedy Center commission currently on tour throughout the U.S., as well as Harlem: A Poem by Walter Dean Myers.
Forthcoming adaptations include Debbie Allen's Brothers of the Knight, and How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman. These streaming media presentations are read by the authors and include the original illustrations.
"The Kennedy Center is proud to offer this unique opportunity to young people and their families," said Kennedy Center President Lawrence J. Wilker. "'Storytime Online' is another example of how the Kennedy Center invites the audience to delve further into the arts."
Each of these beloved stories has been brought to life on Kennedy Center stages. (Harlem: A Poem is a Kennedy Center commission that will be staged in February 2000. Tickets and more information about this upcoming production is available.)
Similar to the Millennium Stage Internet Broadcasts, the "Storytime Online" project uses the unique power and magic of the Internet to make the arts more accessible to wider audiences. In a unique alliance, the Kennedy Center Youth and Family Programming as well as the Kennedy Center Electronic Media Department teamed up with RealNetworks to provide this interactive, online program that is as educational as it is fun.
Read the press release.