A live reading of “Vineyard Adventures” occurred on Aug. 5 evening at Island Park.
Bring a blanket and meet up with a friend at Island Park from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, for a live reading of “Vineyard Adventures” by playwright Carol Anne Hough.
The story that’s great for all ages will introduce audiences to the cute, witty and sometimes sarcastic personalities of each forest animal.
Around every corner there’s another personality to meet, like the lovable mother doe and her fawn, Gini and Odo. There’s also Turdus, an outspoken robin that has an incurable craving for grapes.
Hough writes educational plays for children, completing five plays that have been shared with audiences at conferences, schools, theaters, churches, libraries and the Tamarac Wildlife Refuge near Detroit Lakes, Minn.
“Two of my plays were even performed in Australia,” Hough says.
“The teacher designed her curriculum around the plays,” she adds. “Kids found the characters outside in nature with a naturalist or examined them under microscopes. Older kids helped younger kids understand the play’s deeper messages via puppets.”
The creatures and their stories in “Vineyard Adventures” will be brought to life by a cast of 10 readers, breathing life into the characters dreamt up by Hough. Many of the characters will be members of the same family, adding to the warmth in the bonds felt throughout the characters.
“A big part of what motivates me is just trying to be a better friend myself and hopefully to inspire kids, whomever is watching the play, to be the best human that they can be,” she says.
This reading is a chance for Hough to hear her concept — one she’s been crafting on and off for nearly three years now — come alive.
“I like to hear how it sounds when the kids and adults are doing the parts. I gauge how effective the humor is and if I need to strengthen the plot,” says Hough.
A resident of Fargo, she’s had several of her plays performed in Minnesota, like “Orchard Adventures” and “Wetland Adventures,” all centered around her love for animals and getting caught up in the personalities of the individual characters.
Beyond the upcoming live reading at Island Park, Hough hopes to team up with a director as the next step in the play’s development.
“I would love for some director or producer to elevate it,” she says, “because I just did the script and I love to see what directors and costume people and stuff can help grow it beyond what it is right now.”
Visit carolannehough.com to learn more about Hough.
What: Live reading of “Vineyard Adventures by playwright Carol Anne Hough
When: 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5
Where: Island Park, 302 Seventh St. S., Fargo
Info: Bring the family and blankets or lawn chairs to relax on for this free event