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May 09. 2013 2:23AM

Keene theater company prepares for marathon reading of 'Fahrenheit 451'

KEENE - Hoping to entice people to get lost in a good book, The Edge Ensemble Theatre Company presents a marathon Readers Theatre of Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel "Fahrenheit 451" beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Heberton Hall-Keene Public Library Annex.

The Edge Ensemble recruited students from Keene Middle School, Monadnock Waldorf High School, Fall Mountain Regional High School and Surry Village Charter school as well as members of the community to serve as narrators and cast members.

Marathon reads have become popular tools on college campuses to encourage a deep appreciating of reading. Margaret Thickstun, a classics professor at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., has been holding a "Milton marathon" for several years, during which her students and members of the Hamilton community spend 12 hours reading "Paradise Lost," Edge officials said. "Others have done the same with prose, including a 24-hour "War and Peace" marathon at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro."

The Fahrenheit 451 project also will involve fifth- and sixth-grade members of the Opera Club at Ben Franklin Elementary School in Keene. The youths are writing an original performance piece based on Bradbury's novel called "Operas Burning." They'll perform the piece at the Colonial Theatre in Keene this June, after participating in The Edge's Fahrenheit marathon.

There is no admission fee.


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