Readers Theatre and The Grand Christmas History of the Andy Landy Clan

Andy Landy ClanThe Panorama Readers Theatre group gave a delightful performance of the comical short play, The Grand Christmas History of the Andy Landy Clan, by Jules Tasca. The story follows the Landy family through years of Christmas letters as they share the details of their lives with one another. Each character is colorful in their own way and represents the differences we all find between our own lives and those of our relatives.

The Landys were represented by 5 readers who skillfully used voice manipulation and dramatic facial expression to bring life to the words of each Christmas letter. It was a uniquely hysterical  holiday show presented by a very talented crew.


Panorama resident, Mike T. as Bart Landy

Panorama resident, Mike T. as Bart Landy

Panorama resident, Ellie D. as Molly Landy

Panorama resident, Ellie D. as Molly Landy

Panorama resident, Elaine R. as Edna Landy

Panorama resident, Elaine R. as Edna Landy

Panorama resident, Helen S. and Sister Barbara Landy

Panorama resident, Helen S. as Sister Barbara Landy

Panorama resident, Mary Ann E. as Alice Landy

Panorama resident, Mary Ann E. as Alice Landy

Panorama Readers Theatre

The simplistic interpretive art form of Readers Theatre has become increasingly popular on Panorama’s campus. What started out as a subunit of the Drama Group has transformed into its own group of 30 active members performing seven  different programs throughout the year.

Readers Theatre is a form of storytelling that relies almost entirely on the actor’s voice and facial expressions; use of costumes and props is limited and stage set-up is minimalistic. Scripts are often short plays or a collection of readings that revolve around a common theme. For the Panorama Readers Theatre group, material is sometimes written by one of the directors; otherwise a commercial script is used, with funding support provided by the Resident Council.

Readers Theatre at Panorama is a friendly neighbor to two other theatre-style groups; KPan Players and Kaleidoscope Productions. From the perspective of the group’s president, Jeanette Willis, the three groups complement each other by providing varying opportunities for members to cultivate their skills and creativity.

“The more opportunities you have to practice this craft, the stronger everyone becomes. We strengthen each other and Readers Theatre is for those who love the sound of written language.”

 The idea that practice makes perfect is seen in the fact that each of the year’s seven performances is managed by a different director, all who started out as actors and let their talent grow. Membership is open to all Panorama residents, with no required auditions. They do encourage all who are interested in Readers Theatre to begin with participating in monthly Open Table gatherings where residents, including some Readers Theatre members, bring story selections to share aloud. It’s a casual starting point for anyone who wants to share.

Right now, the group is gearing up for their big holiday show on the 16th. They will be performing ” The Grand Christmas History of the Andy Landy Clan” by Jules Tasca, directed by Gail Madden and Elaine Rost. Stay tuned for a review of this show!

Readers Theater Dec 2013 (2)

  Some Readers Theatre members rehearse for the holiday show.

Even in the Biting Chill of Winter, there is Color and Beauty

Yes, even though the weather is cold and wet, Panorama’s beautiful landscaping is still there – and worth a look. Those who brave the elements will find many colorful berries – some showy, others more subtle – and even a few flowers. The bright red fruits of the many Cotoneasters and Hawthorns really stand out, but take a close look at some of the Barberries with their small blue/black berries. Tea Oil and Sasanqua Camellias are in bloom now, with Sweet Box and Viburnum soon to follow.

When the leaves have all fallen, it is a good time to admire a tree’s bark; the thin layers peeling from the white Birches and shiny brown Paper Bark Maples or the mottling on the Stewartias.

And keep an eye on the ground – some of winter’s treasures are tiny.

Red Twig DogwoodBeautyberryParney's Cotoneaster

From the December Panorama News

In this month’s edition of the Panorama News, the Panorama Green Team reminds us to consider the packaging of items we purchase in this season of giving and to minimize the waste we contribute by giving items with little to no packaging. The Green Team offers some great suggestions for gifts that everyone would enjoy, including our environment:

*Tickets to a special event

*Gift cards for a favorite restaurant

*Pre-paid music/book downloads

*A series of pre-paid classes or lessons

*A subscription to Netflix