When ventriloquist comedy team Ken Huff and Mr. Goodwood stopped by West Rehoboth Children and Youth Program June 26, it was the first time those children had seen a ventriloquist.
Huff visited the program, housed at West Side New Beginnings Community Center, to show children how he performs.
“I make you believe he talks by throwing my voice into him,” Huff said, between bathroom jokes and songs. “I make his voice different and keep him moving all the time, so when I’m talking, you look at Mr. Goodwood, not me.”
The theme for this summer’s program, Project REACH, stands for Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Citizen and Hard work. The program launched in 2003, and was updated in 2005 to emphasize literacy when a grant allowed for the hiring of a special reading teacher and the introduction of a writing program.
Earlier in the week, students visited Cape Henlopen and Killens Pond state parks, and The Freeman Stage, where they watched juggler/comedian Reid Belstock through a community access program funded by The Freeman Stage.
Denise Allen, education and community access coordinator for The Freeman Stage, said the program focuses on children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the arts.
The program provides about 20 children each summer with a safe and nurturing learning environment that helps maintain student achievement levels and expand children’s experiences.