Seattle, Wash.-- Seattle Children’s Theatre and KING FM present a 10-week education series titled Saturday Morning Stories to bring beloved children’s literature to life through a crescendo of whimsical melodies and narrated plots. Hand selected titles like Goodnight Moon and Peter and the Wolf take families on a classical music adventure where they can simultaneously engage in activities uniquely curated by SCT for each production that the whole family can enjoy. Listeners can tune in at 8:30 a.m. beginning August 15 through October 17, 2020.
“This collaboration with KING FM is a wonderful opportunity to combine our resources and offer the experience of the performing arts from the comfort of your home,” says SCT Director of Education, Johamy Morales. “Through our activity guides and new curriculum, we hope to provide caregivers and young people with the tools they need to spark their own curiosity, courage, and play.”
KING FM, which reaches up to 250,000 weekly listeners across Puget Sound, has made it their mission to make classical music accessible for everyone in the community and to advocate for the arts throughout the region. “Teachers and parents use Classical KING FM to introduce children to classical music, and the station has additional programs to supplement this important work,” says Blaine Shepherd, Director of Programming and Corporate Support at KING FM.
The weekly activities, designed by long time SCT teaching artist and Curriculum Specialist, Meredith Berlin, offer all families a chance to play regardless of age. “The activities are designed to provide structures for artistic investigation and collaboration as well as family conversations on the themes embedded in the stories. Each activity sheet includes simple instructions, a list of materials, and ideas for bonus activities and reflection. They are all designed to be fun while building confidence and connection to the music and each other,” says Berlin, adding that listeners can engage the activities before or after the program, tailoring the experience for their family.
Families can learn more about Saturday Morning Stories and join in on the weekly fun by visiting www.king.org. Weekly activities will be made available up to one week prior to each production and will be available for review and download at www.sct.org.
About Meredith Berlin (she/her), Curriculum Designer - Curriculum Specialist and Teaching Artist, Meredith has taught SCT drama school students of every age and level for over twenty years. She has performed as an actor and dancer on stages in Seattle and Washington DC. She is also a director, choreographer, and is the author of The Ghost Light Kids Get Hooked, an adventure inspired by her experiences behind the scenes at SCT and other theaters. Meredith has received grants from both the Seattle and King County Arts Commissions.
Seattle Children’s Theatre is internationally recognized as a leading producer of professional theatre, educational programs and new works for young audiences, which have entertained, inspired and educated over 4 million children and their families. Since its inception, SCT has produced more than 260 plays, 115 of which are world premieres. Each season nearly 60,000 students and teachers experience the magic of live theatre through our Student Access Series. For this program, SCT subsidizes $1.3 million in significantly reduced and free tickets to make attending the theatre more accessible for schools in the region. The 2018-2019 season is sponsored by Microsoft, Shubert Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and ArtsFund. Stay up to date with SCT by visiting our blog.
About KING FM - Classical KING FM 98.1 is the primary institution developing new audiences for classical music and the arts in Seattle, Bellevue, and the Puget Sound Region. Listener-supported KING FM is located at Seattle Center with a mission to make classical music accessible for everyone in the community and to advocate for the arts in our region. In addition to creating programming that offers everyone in the region an opportunity to make classical music and the arts a part of daily life, Classical KING FM partners with arts and culture organizations of all size and scope in the region, offering broadcast performances of local concerts as well as an opportunity for local musicians to perform on our signature Friday evening program Northwest Focus LIVE. The Northwest Focus Concert Calendar offers listeners the opportunity to learn more about concerts and events to encourage them to deepen their involvement with classical music and the arts by attending and supporting the excellent performing organizations the region boasts.
More than 15,000 members are supporters of Classical KING FM, helping to pave the way for a bright future for the station, and bringing the richness of classical music to diverse audiences in the rapidly growing Puget Sound Region.