The program, "Carpet One Magic Carpet Time Tour," was designed to get
children excited about reading through interactive theater.
LoriAnn Freda plays a dreamer named Al who lets a genie, Bill Homan,
out of a lamp.
The two enthusiastically act out a few favorite fables, such as the
"Tortoise and the Hare," the "Leopard and the Fox," the "Sun and the
Wind" and, of course, "The Boy Who Cried Wolf."
Each of Aesop's fables is short, fun and contains a timeless message.
"I liked the 'Tortoise and the Hare' because of the race," said George
But it was after a singing rendition of a Shel Silverstein poem that
children really went wild. Next came a story that they recognized: "Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs."
"It was cool, with all the stories and characters," said Kylee
Camargo, 8, of the show. "My favorite was Snow White because the queen
cried and the girl wore a wig."
Children were pulled up to play the parts of the dwarfs, the mirror,
the henchman and even Prince Charming, who balked at even blowing a kiss
at Snow White.
Funded by carpet company Carpet One, the group has been on tour since
October and plans to stay on the road until the end of the school year,
At the end of the performance, each child gets a book, a cassette of
the group's theme song, "Magic Carpet Ride," and a magic carpet.
At each stop on the tour, the company's local affiliate -- in this
case, Newport Floor Covering -- donates the carpets, which students take
back to class with them.