Learning center promotes literacy

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

COVINGTON -- The Learning Center has been encouraging kids to "leap into books" for nearly a decade. Now, the nonprofit agency focused on early childhood literacy is helping bring imagination to life by producing a musical based on the children's book "Go, Dog. Go!"

The show will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday at Porterdale Mill Lofts, at 1109 Main St. in Porterdale. Kids of all ages and their parents or guardians are welcome to attend.

The production will recreate scenes from the popular book by P.D. Eastman featuring a cast of canines, including Red Dog, Blue Dog, Green Dog, Yellow Dog, Big Dog, Little Dog and Spotted Dogs. The musical, originally written for Seattle Children's Theater, will be performed by Well Diggers Performance Troupe based at Social Circle Theater.

The Learning Center produced a one-act play last fall, and this is the first musical the organization has undertaken. The event is part of the Quality Time series urging parents to spend time with their children that leads to reading readiness.

"We provide the act and they provide the focus and nurturing time. Live theater is a great way to reinforce young children's understanding of literature. It helps bring to life types of stories that may be read to them," said Mollie Melvin, executive director of the The Learning Center.

Tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for seniors and students age 6 to 12; and $3 for children age 2 to 5. Children under age 2 held on the lap are free.

Tickets can be purchased at Square Perk Cafe on the Square in Covington or via phone by calling 404-314-2615 or email at info@leapintobooks.org.

The Learning Center's mission is to strengthen Newton County's literacy rate by addressing early learning needs of children age birth to 5. For more information, visit www.leapintobooks.org or call Melvin at 770-787-2778.