A Marathon Reading of the Bestseller Wonder by R.J. Palacio

The Newton Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs along with Understanding Our Differences and Newton Community Pride are hosting the first ever Staged Marathon Reading of the book Wonder on Saturday, March 16 from 9:00am-7:30pm, at the Newton Cultural Center, 225 Nevada Street. A grant from the Newton Cultural Council underwrites the event.

R.J. Palacio’s bestseller Wonder is the story of an ordinary 10-year-old boy, born with an extraordinary face, which explores themes of bullying, empathy, kindness and ultimately acceptance. The cast is comprised of 14 actors and 55 community readers. The cast includes retired Zervas Principal Steve Griffin, who plays Principal Tushman, and Adam Brown, Chair of Newton North High School’s Theatre Ink. Children are invited to submit a Wonder inspired drawing, painting or collage that embrace the themes of inclusiveness, kindness, courage and friendship for an Art Exhibition which will be on display all day. Artwork should be dropped off to the Newton Cultural Center no later than Wednesday, March 13. The public is invited to the entire reading or to parts that they particularly want to hear. For more information go to www.NewtonYouthPlayers.com, or call 617-796-1540.