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Introduction to Slam Poetry

Presented by: Angelique "Giddy" Perez

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Description:

In this workshop, students will discover their own voices as they explore the world of poetry.   Using video and text, as well as live in-class performances from local spoken word poets, students will obtain a broad understanding of this exciting genre.  Each class will explore different writing techniques to help them take their poem from the page to the stage.

Grade Level:

Grades: 9-12
Grades: 6-8

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Literary Arts

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Classroom, whiteboard, projector.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Jack and the Beanstalk

Presented by: Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre

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Description:

Fee, Fie, Foe, Fun! The Giant is loose in Cloudland. Jack climbs a magic beanstalk skyward. He wants to save the family farm. If only Milky White the Cow can remember how to wind up her tail and talk, she might save the day! Czech Marionettes, big and small, perform on stage in this most traditional of all puppet plays. Bits ‘N Pieces’ musical production of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK is classic puppet fun. Every storyteller spins a tale their special way. Our story is filled with lively puppet shenanigans!

The program is especially good for 2nd graders learning about oral history and traditions. Puppetter Jerry Bickel presents a program that includes:

  • Intro to Puppetry (10 min)
  • Performance (35 min)
  • Demo on Making Souvenir Rod Puppets (supplies provided, 5 min.)
The program can easily be seen by up to 120 students at a time

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre
Visual Art

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling
Puppetry
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Cafeteria stage, multipurpose room or library are all possible. The stage needs to be 10’ wide and 9’deep. One electrical outlet. Lighting and sound is provided by the artist. Best seen by audiences of 100 students at a time.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Availability year round, except October and April.

Little Red Riding Hood

Presented by: Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre

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Description:

Shortnin’ Bread to take to old Grannie Hood. Mama tells Little Red to “Take the Basket of Goodies to Grannie’s house. Don’t step off the path and come straight home. Don’t stop to play in the woods alone!” Little Red says she knows what to do, she makes good grades and helps people too.

On her way to Grannie’s House, Little Red takes just one step off the forest path and she is LOST! Then she makes the mistake of talking to a STRANGER! Now Little Red and her Grannie could both be in DANGER. You will HOWL with laughter when she ends up Happy Ever After.

The program is especially good for 2nd graders learning about oral history and traditions.

Puppetter Jerry Bickel presents a program that includes:

  •     Intro to Puppetry (10 min)
  •     Performance (35 min)
  •     Demo on Making Souvenir Rod Puppets (supplies provided,  5 min.)

The program can easily be seen by up to 120 students at a time.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2

Curriculum Connections:

Music
Visual Art
Theatre
English Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Puppetry
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Cafeteria stage, multipurpose room or library are all possible. The stage needs to be 10’ wide and 9’deep. One electrical outlet. Lighting and sound is provided by the artist.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available dates year round.

Adventures of Robin Hood

Presented by: Bits N' Pieces Puppet Theatre

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Description:

Robin Hood helps the rich give to the poor. Join Little John and Robin’s Band of Merry Men. Seek adventure. Feel excitement as Maid Marion is saved by the bow and bravery of Robin Hood. Laugh when Marion shows Robin she really knows best. Cheer Huzzah! at the Happy Ending!!

Wooden Czech marionettes perform on stage in this most traditionally presented puppet play. “Come along with me to the Greenwood Tree for I have a tale to tell. There’s a man who lives in old Sherwood. His name is Robin Hood!”

Puppeteer Jerry Bickel presents a program that includes:
  • Intro to Puppetry and Marionettes (5 minutes)
  • Featured Performance (35 minutes)
  • Q&A (5 minutes)
  • Demo on Stick Puppet Making in the Classroom (5 minutes) Supplies for full up activity are provided.

Grade Level:

Grades: K-5

Curriculum Connections:

Theatre
English Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Puppetry

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Cafeteria stage, Multipurpose room or Library are all possible. Lighting and sound is provided by the artist. One electrical outlet is needed. Best seen in most situations by audiences of 100 at a time.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Not available in October and April.

A Musical Journey Through Florida

Presented by: Chris Kahl

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Description:

Chris Kahl takes audiences on a Musical Journey Through Florida, highlighting the rich history and culture of the Sunshine State. This folk music presentation takes students on a historical journey through the state, featuring performances of original songs and stories, and covering awealth of historical events, characters, and folklore.

Topics include Ponce de Leon’s voyage to Florida in 1513, the rise of Florida’s citrus industry, how railroads opened up Florida to tourism, and the Seminole tribe and their relationship to the Everglades eco-system and its species.

In addition to Florida history, Chris will cover his folk instruments (acoustic guitar and harmonica), his folk performing style, and his songwriting process. The presentation covers key aspects in the Florida Studies unit and is connected to the standards.

Grade Level:

Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Music
Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Music
Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Must have projector and screen to display PowerPoint presentation. Cafeteria, Media Center, Theater or Multi-purpose room is suitable for this performance.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

The Science of Sound: Exploring Science Through Musical Instrumentation

Presented by: Chris Kahl

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Description:

In this 5 session residency, students explore the connections between science and music by studying and creating musical instruments.  Specifically, students will construct and use instruments to demonstrate their understanding of pitch, frequency, wavelength and timbre.  The residency culminates in students undertaking an arts design challenge.  Chris Kahl, musician and teaching artist, will lead students through this engaging STEAM arts-integrated residency.

Grade Level:

Grades: 3-5
Grades: 6-8

Curriculum Connections:

Music
Science
Mathematics

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Music

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Classroom space (either a classroom, media center space, or open room). A projector, screen, and laptop. Paper plates, beans (small and lima), rice, staples, crayons, straws, tape, craft sticks, string, rulers, beakers.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Have ConfiDANCE!

Presented by: Confidance Inside-out!

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Description:

Confidence is a belief in oneself.  Confident students are ready for everyday school challenges like taking a test or speaking in front of their peers.  Confidance Inside-out! focuses on helping students develop confidence through acting and dancing.  Interactive games and activities will keep students engaged while boosting their social skills, confidence and teamwork capabilities.

While exploring Hip-hop, to Theater, to Afro-beats, Step and Expressive style dancing, your students will tap into their inner dancer and build confidence - from the Inside-out!

Grade Level:

Grades: K-5

Curriculum Connections:

Dance
Physical Education
Health Education

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Dance

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Space for students to move freely. Bluetooth speakers.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

No Wednesdays

Let's Move!

Presented by: DeMario Henry, VYB Dance

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Description:

Let's Move! supports the dance related benchmarks of the Physical Education curriculum by encouraging students (and teachers) to get moving! Research shows that academic achievement is strongly linked to health.  Health-risk behaviors such as unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are consistently linked to poor grades and low test scores.  VYB Dance will introduce students to the fundamentals of hip-hop and other dance forms.  Students will learn basic dance moves as well as sequencing and teamwork.

Grade Level:

Grades: K-12

Curriculum Connections:

Dance
Physical Education

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Dance

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Open space to move around and dance. Equipment to play music.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Myths, Legends, and Fables

Presented by: Donna Wissinger

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Description:

Follow!  Follow me to a wondrous place of fantastic tales!  In Myths Legends and Fables students receive a lively musical and dramatic introduction to legendary heroes, Greek mythology and the science of sound, and the far-reaching power of fables. Doing your best and having courage to ‘write your life story’ are modeled by the stories of the legendary William Tell, current athletes, and American icons. Throughout the program students are encouraged to learn more about the world through reading. In Myths, Legends and Fables, students find inspiration for their own life stories while learning history, culture, science, story-telling traditions, critical thinking, and participation in the arts.

Grade Level:

Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Music
Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Music
Storytelling
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Large Room

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Limited Engagement

Peter and the Wolf

Presented by: Donna Wissinger

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Description:

Donna Wissinger delights in creating a lasting memory of the dynamic language arts and musical lessons of Peter and the Wolf. Students become an orchestra by holding instrument signs and standing in correct orchestra seating.  They warmup as Donna plays the character’s themes that each instrument with represent.  Students learn to clap when the student concertmaster comes onstage and tunes winds, brass and then strings to the oboe ‘a’. Students clap again to welcome the student conductor. In this way, students ‘try on’ being an orchestra member.

Donna then acts and plays the story with students.  Costuming them in puppet heads of
Peter, the bird, duck, cat, grandfather, wolf and hunters, and using all of the musical themes of the characters. Students will never forget the fun and musical imagery in Prokofiev’s brilliant work. 

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Theatre
Music
English Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Music
Storytelling
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Large Room

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Limited Engagement

The Pied Piper and other Fantastic Tales

Presented by: Donna Wissinger

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Description:

Listen!  Can you hear it? Can you feel it?  Magic happens in the hearts and minds of teachers and students when learning is joyful, curiosity engaged and everyone is eager for more.  In The Pied Piper and other Fantastic Tales, Donna Wissinger draws young students into a musical world of active listening and thinking. Weaving a piper’s spell with her golden flute she mesmerizes students and teaches musical rhythm and new vocabulary words with her stories of galloping horses and legendary heroes of bow and arrow. Myths from far away lands and secret wardrobes expose students to culture and new instruments.  The lively story bag engages students in deductive thinking and dramatic representation all while encouraging reading and teaching science, mathematics, social studies and language arts.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Music
Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Music
Storytelling
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Large Room

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Limited Engagement

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Comes to Life

Presented by: Ersula Odom

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Description:

Ersula Odom's in-character performance brings Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and the 1950's to life before your students' eyes!  "Dr. Bethune" shares important moments of her extraordinary life and her thoughts regarding her life's story.  At the end of her reflections, she will answer students questions.  After "Dr. Bethune leaves", Ms. Odom will share information about her research into Dr. Bethune's life as well as her own personal journey.

Grade Level:

Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

Theatre
Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Chair, side table and mic

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Set the Stage for Success!

Presented by: Florida Drama Kinds, LLC

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Description:

Our developmental drama courses include a wide range of creative and fun activities that promote the development of leadership, communication skills, and creative thinking. Classes will teach acting fundamentals like projection, articulation, dramatic movement, and improvisation while engaging in active and imaginative character building and group scene work. Students will learn from an award-winning curriculum that encourages them to express themselves through communication, creativity, and teamwork, all while building confidence!  

We also have targeted curriculum to aid students in the social and emotional recovery of the last year, as well as an anti-bullying series where students learn to stand up for themselves through acting exercises and collaborative activities.  These 60 minute workshops are available as a stand-alone-workshop or series.

Grade Level:

Grades: K-12

Curriculum Connections:

Theatre
English Language Arts
Health Education

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Large open space with no furniture.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


Steel Drums of the Caribbeann

Presented by: Hammerhead Steel Drums

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Description:

Steel Drums of the Caribbean is an educational musical that takes students on an historical journey as we relive the birth and development of the musical steel drums also called pans. The program starts with the sound of African rhythms and segues to Tamboo Bamboo and Kalinda which is stick fighting. The story makes a right hand turn when the bamboo bandsman picks up an old can to beat on. As one can leads to another, "Candamonium" breaks out! Soon after, the cans are tuned and turned into melodic steel instruments, today known as steel drums.

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Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Outside covered patio or court. Multipurpose room with reduced capacity.

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Playing Shakespeare

Presented by: Jobsite Theater

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Description:

"Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced to it you, trippingly on the tongue ... suit the action to the word, the word to the action ..." Shakespeare's famous advice from Hamlet to the Players is made manifest in this workshop where students will begin to learn how to take some of the world's most beautiful poetry off of the page and into an audience, the way the words were always meant to be experienced. Despite their 400 years of age, these texts still have the power to hold "the mirror up to nature; to show virtue her own feature." Our teaching artists have decades of experience and training in the classics with a sincere passion for making them accessible to modern audiences as evidenced by our award-winning productions like Othello and The Tempest.  This program pairs excellently as a companion to our Field Trip performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Straz Center in January and February 2020.

Grade Level:

Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Theater
Literary Arts

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

We can work in just about any space. A few feet to move around would be great. This can be done, however, in a traditional classroom. Access to a screen/internet is appreciated by not required.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Unlocking Shakespeare

Presented by: Jobsite Theater

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Description:

The Bard doesn't need to be as tricky as many folks think! In this workshop, students will begin to learn the "code" by which to unlock the power contained in Shakespeare's poetry. Our teaching artists cover the basic structure of iambic pentameter versus other forms; the differences between prose and blank verse; how to identify and use things like assonance, consonance, alliteration and rhyme; as well as the basics of scansion -- the system used to mark up the metrical patterns in Shakespeare to create something like sheet music to perform from. Our teaching artists have decades of experience and training in the classics, our system was developed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, all of whom have a sincere passion for making these plays accessible to modern audiences as has been evidenced here locally with powerful recent productions like Othello and The Tempest.  This program is a great companion to our Field Trip performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Straz Center in January and February 2020.

Grade Level:

Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Theater
Literary Arts

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

We can work in just about any space. We would love to have access to a screen/internet, but it is not required.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

American Tall Tale Heroes

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

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Description:

Step back in time to America's early days and hear tales from the legendary lives of Paul Bunyan, Davey Crockett, Pecos Bill, and more. Storyteller Katie Adams spins these tall tales entwined with old-time songs like "This Land is Your Land", "Home on the Range", and "Oh! Susanna". Young audiences will sing-a-long and thrill to the big, bold stories of America's mythical men and women of power and wonder.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Music
Theatre
English Language Arts
Health Education
Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

This show works well on a cafeteria stage, in a multipurpose room or media center. 12' deep x 16' wide space with electric outlet nearby.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Animal Safari Stories

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

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Description:

Go on an adventure with Storyteller Katie Adams! Travel around the world and hear folk tales about animals that teach us life lessons. Katie’s animated storytelling show includes mime movement, a variety of rhythm instruments, a beautiful jungle backdrop and audience participation. Students especially enjoy participating with animal movements and sounds. The stories in this popular show are: Anansi and his Six Sons from Africa; Coyote and the Laughing Butterflies from the southwest United States; Papagayo from the Amazon rainforest; and The Crocodile’s Tale from the Philippines.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Music
Visual Art
Theatre
English Language Arts
Health Education
Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

This show works well on a cafeteria stage, in a multipurpose room or media center. 12’ deep x 12’ wide space with electric outlets nearby

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Cracker Cinderella: An Old-Time Florida Fairy Tale

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

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Description:

This musical version of Cinderella features handcrafted rod puppets, storytelling and audience participation.

Cracker Cinderella immerses the audience in Florida history and culture while telling the tale of Cinderella - with a twist! Will "Ella" make it to the spring dance to meet Jasper Fairfield, the cattle rancher's son? Through her own gumption and the help of her magical fairy godmother, Ella foils the plans of her mean stepmother, and lives happily ever after.

Every culture around the world has a version of Cinderella. With this Florida version, young audiences can see what makes this fairy tale unique and what makes it universal. This 45-minute show emphasizes perseverance.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Art
Theatre
English Language Arts
Health Education
Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling
Puppetry
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

This show works well on a cafeteria stage, in a multipurpose room or media center. 12' deep x 18' wide x 8' high space with electrical outlets nearby. Need to put the stage against a wall with no windows.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Enchanted Kingdom: Classic Fairy Tales

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

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Description:

Classic fairy tales with interactive audience fun! Hats for sale! Traveling hat seller and storyteller Katie Adams pulls in a wooden wagon full of old, new and quite curious hats. She brings up audience members to wear the hats and help with the stories in this colorful adaptation of classic fairy tales. Singing, rhythm instruments and mime round out this 45-minute show. Stories include The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Princess and the Pea, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Theatre
English Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

This show works well on a cafeteria stage, in a multipurpose room or media center. 12’ deep x 12’ wide space with electric outlets nearby

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Favorite Aesop's Fables and More

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

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Description:

Perseverance… honesty… helping others, Aesop's Fables shows us how to make good choices in life. Storyteller Katie Adams will exercise your imagination with her energetic performance and drawings of The Race of the Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse, The Boy who Cried Wolf, and more fables in this fun, storytelling show. This 45-minute show includes live illustrations, scenery, and audience participation.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Art
Theatre
English Language Arts
Health Education

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

This show works well on a cafeteria stage, in a multipurpose room or media center. 12' deep x 16' wide space. Electrical outlet nearby.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Florida Folk Tales

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

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Description:

The backwoods of old Florida meander through your mind's eye as Katie Adams tells stories from Florida's cracker heritage. A raccoon that makes wishes come true...A young fool who makes the cattle rancher's daughter laugh...A one-eyed fish that saves an old woman from robbers. These characters and more inhabit the captivating, humorous tales from Florida's folklore. Props, costumes, audience participation, and singing add color to these "gator tales."

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Music
Theatre
English Language Arts
Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

This show works well on a cafeteria stage, in a multipurpose room or media center. 12’ deep x 12’ wide space with electric outlets nearby

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Mariposa Martinez and More Tales from Latin America

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

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Description:

Buenos Dias! Storyteller and puppeteer Katie Adams performs stories from Latin America with a dash of Spanish words, a splash of colorful shadow puppets and audience participation.

The stories include: How Color Came to the World, an Aztec myth about the origin of the rainbow; The Proud Cuckoo Bird, a Mayan tale from Mexico which reveals how the Cuckoo lost her beautiful feathers; Mariposa Martinez, a favorite story from Cuba with advise about how to choose a husband; and Medio Pollito, a folktale from Spain that tells how the weather vane came to be.  This forty-five minute show emphasizes kindness, tolerance and helping others.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Art
Theatre
English Language Arts
Social Studies
World Language

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling
Puppetry
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

This show works well on a cafeteria stage, in a multipurpose room or media center. 12' deep x 18' wide x 8' high space with electrical outlets nearby. Need to put the stage against a wall with no windows. Room needs to get semi-dark for shadow puppets.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Star Stories: Greek Myths

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

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Description:

Look up! The night sky is full of star constellations. The ancient Greeks named the star constellations after their awesome myths and folktales. Katie Adams performs these myths with colorful shadow puppets, storytelling and audience participation. See the stories and the star constellations that go with them!  Stories include: Pandora’s Box; Perseus and Pegasus; Icarus; and Baucis and Philemon.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Art
Theatre
English Language Arts
Science
Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling
Puppetry
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

This show works well on a cafeteria stage, in a multipurpose room or media center. 12' deep x 18' wide x 8' high space with electrical outlets nearby. Need to put the stage against a wall with no windows.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Stories from the Sea

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

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Description:

Splash into aquatic fun with storyteller Katie Adams. Get your toes wet and participate with these folk tales from around the world: the hilarious Alligator and Hen, Dolphins and Shark, Bimwilli and the Zimwe, and Why the Sun and the Moon live in the Sky. These stories were originally performed at the Florida Aquarium. With colorful props, a beachscape background, and audience participation, this 45 minute show is sure to be a refreshing dive into the imagination.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Music
Visual Art
Theatre
English Language Arts
Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

This show works well on a cafeteria stage, in a multipurpose room or media center. 12’ deep x 12’ wide space with electric outlets nearby

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Build A Better Story

Presented by: Kaye Byrnes Storytelling

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Description:

This workshop typically follows an assembly style performance program. The assembly provides the foundation for the workshop material. Following the assembly, in their own classroom, students are led through a fun description of story structure and introduced to the components of narrative writing. It then becomes highly interactive as students utilize those components to create and tell a short but wonderful story!

Grade Level:

Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Literary Arts
Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

This workshop is intended for delivery in a classroom setting, for one individual class at a time. A whiteboard is required for diagramming.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Limited Availability

Classics Alive!

Presented by: Kaye Byrnes Storytelling

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Description:

Classics Alive! brings literature to life for middle and high school students through the adapted telling of works by Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain and O’Henry. A dramatic presentation of carefully selected works offers a unique and engaging experience for both proficient and struggling readers.  Adapted to a contemporary style while retaining the author’s literary voice, these stories appeal to the adolescent listener and highlight the power of language and the enduring nature of the human experience. 

Grade Level:

Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

Theatre
English Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Assembly space to accommodate attending grade level(s); Wireless microphone or wired microphone on a stand for hands-free presentation.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Limited Availability

Genre Jive

Presented by: Kaye Byrnes Storytelling

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Description:

Exploring the landscape of narrative genre is an important step towards reading for pleasure, with enthusiasm. This program is customized for attending grade level(s) from a repertoire of fairy tales, folktales, fables, legends and myths. Each story in the program is introduced by its distinctive characteristics and students are encouraged to explore a wide range of genre.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Theatre
English Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Assembly space to accommodate attending grade level(s); Wireless microphone or wired microphone on a stand for hands-free presentation.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Limited Availability

Reading With My Ears!

Presented by: Kaye Byrnes Storytelling

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Description:

A healthy, active imagination is crucial to both reading and writing skills.  What cannot be imagined can be neither comprehended nor expressed. This program stimulates and nurtures the imagination, bringing classic children’s literature and characters to life through the oral tradition of storytelling. Through listening, proficient and struggling readers alike will experience the thrill of visualizing a story as it unfolds and be inspired to use visualization in their future reading and writing.  

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Theatre
English Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Asssembly space to accommodate attending grade level(s); Wireless microphone or wired microphone on a stand for hands-free presentation.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Limited Availability

Stories from Around the World

Presented by: Kaye Byrnes Storytelling

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Description:

Through stories from a variety of cultures, this program introduces students to people and places around the world. Each program is customized for the attending grade level(s) and each story is introduced in context of its originating culture. Easily adapted to reflect a specific country or culture that’s part of a grade level curriculum. 

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Theatre
English Language Arts
Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Assembly space to accommodate attending grade level(s); Wireless microphone or wired microphone on a stand for hands-free presentation.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Limited Availability

The Shelly's Adventure Experience

Presented by: Kentrell Martin

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Description:

The Shelly's Adventure's Experience is a presentation brought to you by award-winning author Kentrell Martin.  Kentrell visits over 120 schools per year.  During the experience, students will be a part of an interactive book reading where they will learn a minimum of 20 signs in American Sign Language (ASL).  They will learn about Deaf culture and engage in a Q & A session with the author.  By the end of the presentation, students will know how to answer basic questions in ASL.  

Grade Level:


Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Literary Arts

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

This program works well in spaces where students are able to move their hands freely without interfering with others. Libraries cafeteria, classrooms and theaters are all great spaces.

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Midnight Train: Harriet Tubman on the Underground Railroad

Presented by: Mary J. Kelly

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Description:

Midnight Train: Harriet Tubman on the Underground Railroad is written and performed by Mary Kelly.  Mary portrays Harriet Tubman's journey showing the hardship of the enslaved Africans and their struggle for freedom.  Harriet's story tells of her faith, courage, and dedication in the pursuit of freedom for herself and her people.


Grade Level:

Grades: 6-8
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Theatre
English Language Arts
Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Depends on the size of the audience Cafeteria or media room

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Stories from the Diaspora

Presented by: Mary J. Kelly

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Description:

Mary guides her audience on a journey of self-discovery using stories to instruct, explore our world, act as a healing salve for ourselves, others and just for fun.  Her repertoire includes folk tales, personal stories, African-American tales, stories from around the world, and ghost/mystery stories that instill delicious fear.

Grade Level:

Grades: 3-5
Grades: Pk-2

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Theatre

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Performance space, microphone (Mary brings her wireless mic)

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Storytelling in Space!

Presented by: Mike Maihack

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Description:

Your students will be captivated during this presentation by Author Illustrator Mike Maihack, creator of Cleopatra in Space.  This 45-60 minute visual presentation focuses on the origin and creation of the Cleopatra in Space series, the advantages of using historical figures in fiction, and how to create your own strong characters whose traits can be used effectively (and humorously!) in a story. Mike will delve into the basic structure of sequential storytelling, background on the real Cleopatra, do some live drawing, and possibly provide a sneak peek at his upcoming graphic novels. There will be time for Q&A afterward.

Most of the presentation will focus on the Cleopatra in Space series, so the more familiar kids are with the books in advance, the richer the overall experience will be. If your school or library has copies of his graphic novels, please display them before the author visit. 

Grade Level:

Grades: 3-5
Grades: 6-8

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Art
English Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Literary Arts
Visual Arts

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Television, screen, and/or projector for images (compatible with a tablet of flash drive). Large drawing pad and fresh markers, microphone for groups larger than 75 people (wireless or wired with stand for hands-free presentation).

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available Year Round

World Building Hullabaloo

Presented by: Mike Maihack

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Description:

What are the keys to creating believable new worlds and the characters who inhabit them?  Bring your notebooks, pens, crayons, and thinking caps for this fun and collaborative workshop with Cleopatra in Space creator, Mike Maihack, and create an all-new, one-of-a-kind masterpiece of fiction.

Grade Level:

Grades: 3-5
Grades: 6-8

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Visual Art

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Literary Arts
Visual Arts

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Television, screen, and/or projector for images (compatible with a tablet or flash drive). A laptop/projection setup is all that's necessary for the visual presentation. HDMI access is needed for a more advanced digital drawing demonstration. Large drawing pad and fresh markers. A microphone for groups larger that 75.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available Year Round

Dancing Verbs and Adverbs: A Dual Language Program

Presented by: Moving Current Dance Collective

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Description:

Welcome to a fun loving and interactive performance narrated in both English and Spanish. Students choose verbs and adverbs out of a bag and the dancers bring the action words to life through movement and music. The Audience experience both languages as the words come alive right in front of their eyes! Illustrating verbs and adverbs with movement creates a unique visual, expressive, and memorable experience. These brief dances link the three elements together through a pre-structured outline, resulting in funny and sometimes outrageous combinations. The program fosters the development of a students’ oral, written and reading proficiency in two languages.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Dance
English Language Arts
Physical Education

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Dance

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

*Performance Space: An intimate performance space close to the audience, with a clean floor, and easy access from the performance area to the audience. No smaller than approximately 20’ X 20’ unobstructed space. Depending on seating a raised stage is best, but not necessary. *Equipment: A hand held microphone and sound system to accommodate CD or an Ipad/laptop

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Dancing Verbs, Adverbs and Similes

Presented by: Moving Current Dance Collective

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Description:

Welcome to a fun loving and interactive performance. Children choose verbs, adverbs and similes out of a bag and the dancers bring the action words to life through movement and music. The words come alive right in front of their eyes! 
Illustrating verbs, adverbs and similes with movement creates a unique visual, expressive, and memorable experience. These brief dances link the three elements together through a pre-structured outline, resulting in funny and sometimes outrageous combinations.


Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Dance
English Language Arts
Physical Education

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Dance

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

*Performance Space: An intimate performance space close to the audience, with a clean floor, and easy access from the performance area to the audience. No smaller than approximately 20’ X 20’ unobstructed space. Depending on seating a raised stage is best, but not necessary. *Equipment: A hand held microphone and sound system to accommodate CD or an Ipad/laptop

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Dancing YOUR Direction

Presented by: Moving Current Dance Collective

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Description:

Dancing YOUR Direction is an interactive performance that invites imagination and curiosity. The creative adventure begins with Moving Current dancers performing a short, vibrant dance. After a brief discussion of what the audience noticed, the students suggest changes that the dancers then assimilate into the dance. What if you did the beginning of the dance without using your arms? What if you faced a different direction? The dancers follow the audiences’ direction – on the spot! The show includes student suggested variations of 3-4 different dance excerpts.

This performance encourages the students to make personal connections to choreography, creates fun loving problem solving and illustrates various viewpoints. What we experience gives us our own way of thinking, seeing, feeling, moving, and really important, it gives us our own way of imagining what is possible. So kick off your shoes, put on your choreography hat and come experiment with us!

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5
Grades: 6-8

Curriculum Connections:

Dance
English Language Arts
Physical Education

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Dance

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Performance Space: An intimate performance space close to the audience, with a clean floor, and easy access from the performance area to the audience. No smaller than a 20’ X 20’ unobstructed space. Depending on seating a raised stage is best, but not necessary. Equipment: a hand held microphone and sound system to accommodate CD or Mp3

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available: February-May

Bullyproof The Musical

Presented by: Play’N Around Theatre Company

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Description:

School Safety begins with prevention.  Prepare your students by giving them the tools they need to take a S.T.A.N.D. against Bullies.  Bullyproof  The Musical deals with issues such as bullying, cyberbullying, physical violence and inappropriate behavior.

When Penelope Jane hears the Ely Shoemaker - the biggest bully at Pleasantville Junior High-has bullied her best friend Bernadette Bernstein, she just knows that she has to come up with a way to stop him from doing it again.  But what can she do?  Join Penelope Jane and her friends -  Bernadette, Eugene and Mr. Frickell- as they learn to bullyproof yourself you must first take a S.T.A.N.D.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5
Grades: 6-8

Curriculum Connections:

Dance
Music
Theatre
English Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Indoor performance space required - multipurpose room, cafeteria, etc. Performers require a 20 X 20 space for set and stage. Access to a power outlet for our sound system is required.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Little Red Riding Hood

Presented by: Play’N Around Theatre Company

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Description:

Join Little Red Riding Hood as she learns all about STRANGER DANGER. This classic fairy tale comes alive when Little Riding Hood meets Wolfie, a mischievous wolf from the woods. With a little luck and some help from her friends, she might just make it to Grandmother’s house while learning an important message along the way... Never Talk to Strangers!



Grade Level:

Grades: 3-5
Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 6-8

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre
Music

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Indoor performance space required - multipurpose room, cafeteria, etc. Performers require a 20 X 20 space for set and stage. Access to a power outlet for our sound system is required.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Rumpelstiltskin

Presented by: Play’N Around Theatre Company

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Description:

The excitement begins in this magical adventure when Gracie, the baker's daughter, meets a magical little elf who spins straw into gold for a royal fee. Lessons learned in this original musical include "it isn't nice to brag or boast" and "never make a promise that you can't keep".

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5
Grades: 6-8

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre
Music

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Indoor performance space required - multipurpose room, cafeteria, etc. Performers require a 20 X 20 space for set and stage. Access to a power outlet for our sound system is required.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

The Elves And The Shoemaker

Presented by: Play’N Around Theatre Company

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Description:

Join Tiny and Shorty the elves on their next assignment as they help an old shoemaker create the most exquisite pair of shoes in town. This hilarious musical comedy delivers the wonderful message that you can be anything that you want to be as long as your you.


Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre
Music

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Indoor performance space required - multipurpose room, cafeteria, etc. Performers require a 20 x 20 space for set and stage. Access to a power outlet for our sound system is required.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

The Three Little Pigs: A Healthy Habits Adventure

Presented by: Stages Productions

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Description:

The Three Little Pigs: A Healthy Habits Adventure is an audience participation musical that uses the famous fairy tale to teach health and wellness concepts to young children.  Homer Hog (straw house) loves fruits and veggies, and makes good choices with his eating habits. However, he would rather sit around and play video games all day and never exercise.  His brother Russell (wood house) is a fitness guru, but is also a junk food junkie.  Their sister Hilary helps them to realize that we must make healthy choices regarding our diet AND lifestyle. Just like our homes need a solid foundation and sturdy construction, our bodies need a solid foundation of healthy eating habits and a sturdy construction of exercise.  Through interactive songs, exciting chases and creative dramatics the Big Bad Rapping Wolf teaches the pigs to make healthy choices about fitness and nutrition.


Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2

Curriculum Connections:

Dance
Music
English Language Arts
Health Education
Theatre
Physical Education

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

A 15' X 30' playing area is perferred. Stages brings all sets, props and audio system. The show can be done in smaller space if necessary.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

March 2-6 and March 23-31

Beauty and the Beast

Presented by: Stevens Puppets

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Description:

In a timeless story about looking beyond the surface and beyond our differences to find the truth and dignity within each other, a strong and unselfish heroine sacrifices for her family and saves a man trapped in a prison of his own making.  Join Beauty on her journey from her good natured acceptance of her family's changing fortunes, to her adventurous stay in the Beast's castle as she teaches him to love himself and share that love with others.  Vibrantly colorful hand-painted scenery showcases hand-carved wooden marionettes who appear and disappear mystically through the magic mirror.  Young and old alike will marvel at the science and technology which brings this magic to life.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Music
Theatre
Visual Art

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Puppetry
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Our full stage footprint is 12ft. wide/ 8ft. tall/6ft. deep. Our stage dimensions are very versatile and fit in almost any room. We can set up in from of bleachers, on your stage, or on the floor in your gym/cafeteria/multipurpose room. We prefer children to be seated on the floor for the performances. Chairs can be placed on the perimeter for the teachers and visitors

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available November - May

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Presented by: Stevens Puppets

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Description:

In an enchanted Alaskan forest, join a family of bears as they encounter different perspectives and values.  They ultimately share a common purpose with a salmon and resolve their conflict with a golden-haired trespasser.  She learns precious lessons from them, as well as from her bald eagle companion about respect, kindness, apologizing and forgiveness.  Hand-carved wooden marionettes bring this story to life with charming literary rhymes, alliterations, and idioms which engage, educate, and amuse.  Hand-painted scenery presents the misty fjords and totems of Southeast Alaska in glorious color.  Opportunities abound to connect this story to ecology and geography, biology, history, and social justice.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Music
Theatre
Visual Art

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Puppetry
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Gymnasium, cafeteria, multipurpose room. Our stage footprint is 12ft. wide/ 8ft. tall/ 6ft. deep. We prefer children to be sitting on the floor for the performances. Chairs can be places on the perimeter for the teachers and visitors.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available November through May

African Stories Great and Small

Presented by: Tamara Green

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Description:

Tamara Green has always been fascinated with the continent of Africa and its rich supply of stories for a very long time. Stories from the continent of African began to catch her attention when she decided that storytelling was something that was absolutely necessary in her life. She connected with the valuable lessons of respecting and tolerating others which are always center stage in her stories. Tamara appreciates the ingenious of animals talking to other animals and sometimes humans which captivate the attention of both adults and children of all ages.  Many life lessons can be observed through Tamara’s energetic and witty delivery of these stories.  Come and learn, share and celebrate the diversity of African folklore.

Grade Level:

Grades: 3-5
Grades: 6-8

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Theatre

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

An auditorium or a cafeteria stage is a perfect venue; however, a floor space of 5' by 5' would be quite adequate as well.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available after 3PM, Monday-Friday

The African American Experience: Walking Out Our History

Presented by: Tamara Green

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Description:

Tamara Green was born in Memphis, Tennessee where her grandmother, father, and mother were storytellers. Her mother marched with Dr. Martin Luther King and other icons of the Civil Rights Movement. Her family remembered the struggles of past generations and how they   overcame many obstacles with a great deal of dignity. In time, Tamara began to research, to write, and to tell historical stories as examples of how to encourage people of all ages to commit to a goal and pursue it until it’s achieved. 

Storyteller Tamara Green has always had a love for the history of African American people and their quest for equality. The right to live, learn, and achieve in America has not always been easy, but through the perseverance and the sacrifice of forefathers, greatness can be achieved. People like Harriet Tubman, Ruby Bridges, the Little Rock Nine, and the March on Washington were only a few stories that paved the way for a rich heritage steeped in pride and diversity.  The history of the African American is one of strong men, women, and even children who were willing to sacrifice themselves, lift their voices, and march into history. 

Grade Level:

Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre
Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

An auditorium or a cafeteria stage is a perfect venue; however, a floor space of 5' by 5' would be quite adequate as well.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available after 3PM Monday-Friday.

Storytelling With Windell Campbell

Presented by: Windell Campbell

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Description:

The show incorporates the art of puppetry with the art of storytelling.  When the visual world of the puppeteer unites with the auditory realm of the storyteller, a unique partnership evolves.  The puppeteer’s skill in making inanimate objects seem real becomes all the more effective when merged with the storyteller’s art of turning words into memorable tales.  In this relationship the story and the puppet share the limelight.  With this sharing the separate art forms unite to become more than the sum of their parts.  The program brings a sense of exhilaration and excitement that only such a fusion could produce.  Intermediate and adult audiences will receive this same excitement with the use of props and other visuals to bring out the messages of their stories.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5
Grades: 6-8

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

I need about a 10 ft. x 15 ft. performance area, with a 10 ft. buffer before the audience.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

After School- Year Round Availability