Masks, Mimes and Imagination at the Poland library

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Reed Steele preformed as a mime for a group of children and their families gathered at the Poland library on July 10.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Reed Steele preformed a mime skit as an astronaut July 10 during the Masks, Mimes and Imagination event at the Poland library.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Three children were brought up to be volunteers, a handsome prince, an evil duke and a dragon, during Reed Steeles Masks, Mimes and Imagination show July 10.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Reed Steele discusses what it means to be a mime and different facts about himself with children and their families at the Masks, Mimes and Imagination preformance July 10 at the Poland library.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Reed Steele preformed part of the show with a black box covering his face on July 10 at the Poland library.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Reed Steele and a volunteer, both sporting monkey masks, did a "monkey see, monkey do," skit on July 10 at the Poland library.

By JESSICA HARKER

jharker@vindy.com

On July 10, the Poland library hosted a Masks, Mimes and Imagination event.

Reed Steele, who gave the performance, has been a mime and entertainer since 1977.

“Reed is very talented and entertaining to watch,” said Cindy Beach, the assistant director of youth services and programing for the library who organized the performance.

Steele did a variety of skits throughout the show, including classic mime tricks like pretending to walk down a flight of stairs.

Unlike other mime performances, Steele spoke throughout the event, encouraging audience participation and calling upon volunteers to help.

“We brought Steele in because during the summer we like to end the summer slide, get kids out of the house, and have a little fun too,” Beach said.

Steele added masks and hats to the performance to help add to the imagination.

He said that the goal of the performance was to show children what its like to be a mime.

Other than skits preformed both by himself and with volunteers Steele also preformed a song in sign language.

“The cool thing is, when I have fun, they have fun, and I love to have fun,” Steele said.

Other than preforming, he has spent time in a variety of fields, including working for NASA, as a stunt man and working as a teacher.

Today Steele works as a mime, traveling for performances and also working at the Toledo Zoo.

To end the show, Steele addressed the crowd by saying “Be kind to each other, and laugh often.”

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