Kids’ hearts booked

September 22, 2017

The interactive shows were made possible thanks to a Shepparton South Rotary club donation.

Meerkat Productions brought two of last year's best children's books to life on Wednesday.

Two of last year’s best children’s books were brought to life at Wilmot Rd Primary School on Wednesday.

Students were treated to an interactive theatre presentation by Meerkat Productions of Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade by Kate and Jol Temple, and Gary by Leila Rudge.

School assistant principal Sharon Thompson said the productions had been a hit with students.

‘‘There are only three performers, so they use audience participation,’’ she said.

This is the first time the North Melbourne-based production company has visited the school.

The two stories it brought to life focused on resilience, making good choices and technology versus thinking processes.

‘‘These books are quality books, they’ve been shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, so they’ve got really strong themes in them, which is why we’ve chosen them,’’ Mrs Thompson said.

The school was able to book the production group, thanks to a donation from Shepparton South Rotary Club.

Two students will attend the club’s November meeting and give a presentation on the things they had learned from the productions.

‘‘This is an opportunity we couldn’t give our kids without Rotary,’’ Mrs Thompson said.

‘‘We like to be able to show them what we’ve used the money for.’’

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