Reading of Wheesht!
By Annie Cusick Wood
Recommended for Ages 3-6
Location: Childsplay, 900 S. Mitchell Dr. Tempe 85281
(“The origin of shhh and hush is the Middle English word huisst (pronounced “wheesht”), which originated in round about 1350–1400A.D. Huisst meant “silence, peace”. The Scottish plea for silence also includes the ‘sh’ digraph: “wheesht”.)
Wheeessht! - I’m busy
Wheesht! - I’m not interested
Wheesht! – it’s not important
Wheesht! – it’s a secret
Wheesht! is about …not having a voice… no one wants to listen to you anyway…what you have to say isn’t important.
Wheesht! is about …listening to others….. listening to ourselves… really listening and finding your voice… Wheesht! is about speaking up.
We asked Annie to devise a piece for the very young while in residence at Write Now that is responsive to the current times. In her words: “What story for children will make their world a better place? What story can create more empathy, tolerance, understanding and kindness? What do we want to say, as parents, educators, theater makers, human beings ? And how do we make it fun and engaging? What’s important for our kids RIGHT NOW?” We cannot wait to see how she responds!