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19th Annual

Summer Reading Tour

The Library of Rock

Acting Up Theatre Company proudly presents "The Library of Rock" written by Chad Patterson.

When Tommy walks into the library of the town he just moved to, he is in for a surprise. The library from his old town of Dullsville was one that had big wooden shelves, hard wooden chairs and even more wooden people. He wouldn’t even know that they were alive if they had not said, "Shhhh!" all the time. So the only things he knows about libraries are that they are places you sat, read and shut up. As he quickly finds out in his new town of Rockville, that is not what is expected at all… Music is celebrated, games are played, arts and crafts are made and you can never judge a book by its cover (literally and figuratively). Tommy meets fellow patrons like hip hop artist, DJ Dustcover, pop star, Lady Goo Goo and the very unexpected librarian, Mr. Rock. Tommy learns to embrace this new library and all of the rocking good fun that comes with it. He learns lessons about not judging books or people by the way they look on the outside and also learning to think outside the box and letting himself see things in a different light. Because he opens his mind, he sees that the library is so much more than just stuffy bookshelves and shushing; it is a place that truly rocks and is alive with art and culture!


This is an original play with LIVE ACTORS specifically written and designed for your Summer Reading Theme. We pride ourselves each year in providing a 35-40 minute original story that is funny, theme driven and entertaining to all ages. We believe that our fast moving action, colorful characters, up to the minute pop culture references, slap stick comedy, a heart-warming moral and AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION are a winning recipe for your Library event. This is our 19th YEAR of having a different story each year. We believe in entertaining the entire family; when people ask what our age range is, I say 3-93. We keep the little kids, older kids, and the young at heart all engaged. I don’t care if you are a child registered in the summer reading program, a teenage babysitter, a parent, daycare provider or a grandparent, you are all considered our target audience! All we need is an electrical outlet, a 10' x 10' space and we are set for FUN!

-Chad E. Patterson, Owner

Price & Requirements

The Acting Up Theatre Company wishes to offer a top-notch show at an affordable price. If you wish to book "The Library of Rock" as part of your Summer Reading Program, the price will be $325.00 per show.

The show is designed to fit in as many places as possible, so it only requires a 10' x 10' area with an 8 1/2' ceiling.

Acting Up Theatre Company truly wishes to be a part of your Summer Reading Program or Summer School Program. We are included in the Michigan Arts and Humanities Touring Directory making us available for Mini-Grants through their organization! If you have any questions or to book shows please see our section on Booking Information. Because of the enormous success of past shows (approximately 55 shows per year), reserve your date soon.

Past Tour Stops
Big Rapids
Oscoda County
Crawford County
Boyne City
Walloon Lake
Howard City
North Branch
Auburn Hills
Otsego County

Central Lake
Battle Creek
Traverse City
Carson City
Houghton Lake
Drummond Island
West Branch
Nottawa Township
Sault Ste. Marie
Brevort Township
North Branch

Share a laugh with us!

         "Without a doubt, Acting Up is the most reliably entertaining group on our summer reading roster. Total bang for the buck! This is one that parents enjoy as much as kids — a rare treat. We will have them back year after year — it is wonderful to be able to bring the theatrical experience to our patrons."

- Kate Nicholoff, Public Services Librarian
Haslett Branch Library of the Capital Area District Library


Jean Bolley
Foster Branch
Capital Area District Library
(517) 485-5185

Amy Knepp
Oscoda County Library
(989) 826-3613

Beth O'Grady
Carson City Public Library
(989) 584-3680

PO Box 1070  Grayling, MI  49738 · (989) 619-5463 ·