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Family Reader's Theatre Literacy Program

Listing Last Update: February 3, 2017


G-2040 W. Carpenter Road
Flint, MI 48505

Primary Contact

Charles Winfrey

(810) 787-2200

Educational services

  • To read and write better

Instruction Type

  • Family literacy program

Program Overview

The Floyd J. McCree Theatre is launching a Family Reader's Theatre Literacy Program to assist in combating the deplorable reading rates among Flint adult and youth population groups. Recent surveys indicate that 35% of adults residing in the City of Flint read below a level 1, while reading scores among middle school students in Flint's urban school districts show indicate that 80% of that group read below proficiency levels.

McCree Theatre has designed a program that will be fun and entertaining, thus maintaining interest levels, but also providing yeoman service in increasing the fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, enunciation, and inflection skills of participants, in a non-threatening environment. Families read age-appropriate plays together for a two week period, under the guidance of a facilitator, at the end of which they showcase the play to an audience comprised of other families and invitees. They then rotate to another play script. At the end of the 10-week session, a family will have read, learned, and presented five different plays. They are then given a post-test to determine whether or not reading proficiency has increased.

Mission Statement

To tell the African American story in the African American voice.

Hours of operation: 10:00a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"When I was 11 years old I got a call from Mr. Winfrey who asked me if I wanted to be in this play called the Frankie Lymon Story. I said yes, but I really didn't know what theatre was all about but I thought I would give it a try. I did the play, and now I'm hooked. I got the theatre bug." Marquawan Burnett, now 21 years of age.

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

Located on Flint's far north side. Open to all age groups. Participation in our plays and in our Reader's Theatre program is free and open to the public.

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