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Provincetown, MA, United States, 2013/11/08 - PIE (Projects In Education) Story Theatre is the education initiative of All Seasons Theatre Company, a 501©3 non-profit arts organization. PIE has companies in Los Angeles in New York and is excited to present this interactive Holiday CD - PiestoryTheatr.
Several years ago, a creative team, led my PIE founder Patrick Riviere produced a Holiday CD which featured his 10-minute version of A Christmas Carol titled Old Mr. Scrooge. Other stories include A Kwanzaa Story, The Armadillo’s Feliz Navidad and The Hanukkah Candles as well as classics like The Elves and The Shoemaker and The Dwarf and The Cobbler’s Sons. The team also recorded several classic carols and a “participation story” titled On A Winter’s Day that includes a warm-up.
“We believe the CD will be a wonderful gift for children but also a creative tool for teachers in Elementary Schools to introduce, in a fun, imaginative and interactive way, holiday stories from other cultures and classic stories that have begun to slip away from our modern-day celebrations,” Riviere pointed out.
The CD, entitled PIE Story Theatre Holiday Stories & Carols is now available for download from CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon in time for the holidays. “It’s been a labor of love and a long time coming but I believe adults and children alike are going to love it!” Riviere said.
The artists involved with this CD were actor/voiceover artists Melissa Center, Kellie Johnson, Michael Menger, Babs Smith and Riviere. Riviere adapted and wrote a majority of the stories (including Old Mr. Scrooge which was published through Lulu Press) but The PIE Troupe did collaborate on The Kwanzaa Story and The Armadillo’s Feliz Navidad was written by renowned international artist, John Bellia.
PIE Story Theatre was formed to be the Educational arm of The Emerging Artists Project in 1991 a non-profit theater organization co-founded by Patrick Riviere. PIE was immediately successful, producing shows in New York City’s Central Park and a world premiere workshop of BEING RICH at The Writer’s Theatre. EAP would move to Chicago and PIE would continue its success, presenting programming through the Chicago Parks districts and the Chicago Public Library System. Mary Shen Barnidge of The Chicago Reader hailed,“One might expect a little 60-minute revue to founder under the weight of these lofty goals, but the seven-member ensemble delivers uniformly tight, intelligent, well-rehearsed performances of original and adapted material that's devoid of the silliness and preachiness that plague so much kiddie drama.”
EAP/PIE would also produce the World Premiere of HANS CLODHOPPER’S GREATEST ADVENTURE at Chicago’s Theatre Building and in 1993, PIE created a holiday story program which debuted at North Pier Festival Market where PIE had been named the resident children’s theatre! PIE then became the educational arm of All Seasons Theatre Company (a non-profit founded by Riviere in 2004) in New Jersey and brought assembly programs to schools in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut managed through the highly acclaimed Arts Horizons. PIE programs were also presented free of charge to public libraries, shelters and children’s hospitals in New Jersey.