Teaching Kids with PB & J

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A performance by the Peanut Butter and Jelly Theater troupe was designed to encourage children to read.

The 18-year-old concept is a compilation of folk tales, songs, stories and poems that teach the importance of reading.

"The purpose is to engage audiences in theatre," said Amy Jensen, the assistant director. "Often times the venues we've visited aren't used to theatre and it's a way to really engage them in storytelling and hopefully get them excited about the storytelling process and reading and understanding things like that."

Jensen said the actors typically use books with which children are already familiar.

"In this day and age it's easy to become complacent and to not engage in storytelling," Jensen said. "Then you lose questioning skills, reading skills, which is very important. Hopefully our stories can get kids into reading and making it something they like to do."