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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! Marionettes, big and small, perform on stage in this most traditional puppet play. Bits ‘N Pieces’ musical production of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK is classic puppet fun. After the show, learn about the puppets and watch how to make your own souvenir puppet.

Jerry Bickel has written and performed a dozen programs that have toured across the country and around the world.  He is a master of classic puppet techniques and has the imagination to use the best of them to create new works for modern audiences. 

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre
Visual Art


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling
Puppetry
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Library, Media Room, Cafeteria or gym are all possible performance spaces. One electrical outlet is required. Lighting anf sound equipment are provided by the artist. The puppets are best seen by audiences no larger that 120 students at a time. Set Up time: 75 minutes. Tear Down time: 30 minutes

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available September 1-14, October 5-21, November 11-22, 2022; January 9-20, February, March and May, 2023

Little Red Riding Hood

Presented by: Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre

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Description:

Everything happens on the way to Grannie’s house. Mama asks Little Red to take a basket of cookies to Grannie’s house and come straight home. Little Red says she knows what to do, makes good grades, and helps people too. But on the way to Grannie’s house, Little Red forgets, gets lost in the woods, and then makes the mistake of talking to a Stranger. Now everyone is in Danger. What to do? You’ll HOWL with laughter how they finally end up living happy ever after.

Jerry Bickel has written and performed a dozen programs that have toured across the country and around the world. He is a master of classic puppet techniques and has the imagination to use the best of them to crate new works for modern audiences. 

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Art
Theatre
English Language Arts


Artistic Genre:

Puppetry
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Library, Media Room, Cafeteria or gym are all possible performance spaces. One electrical outlet is required. Lighting and sound equipment are provided by the artist. The puppets are best seen by audiences no larger that 120 students at a time. Set Up time: 75 minutes. Tear Down time: 30 minutes

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available September 1-14, October 5-21, November 11-22, 2022; January 9-20, February, March and May, 2023

Rumpelstiltskin

Presented by: Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre

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Description:

Promises, promises, promises. Everyone makes promises to get what they want. What would you charge to spin straw into gold? Sometimes the price of a promise is too much. Can the Prince travel to the edge of the world and return home in time to save the day? Bits N Pieces’ PuppetWorld Marionettes perform this classic fairy tale. There’s laughter and magic and music.

Jerry Bickel has written and performed a dozen programs that have toured across the country and around the world. He is a master of classic puppet techniques and has the imagination to use the best of them to crate new works for modern audiences.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Visual Art
Theatre


Artistic Genre:

Puppetry
Storytelling
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Library, Media Room, Cafeteria or gym are all possible performance spaces. One electrical outlet is required. Lighting anf sound equipment are provided by the artist. The puppets are best seen by audiences no larger that 120 students at a time. Set Up time: 75 minutes. Tear Down time: 30 minutes

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available year round, except April

The Selfish Giant's Garden

Presented by: Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre

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Description:

Bits 'N Pieces' musical "The Selfish Giant's Garden", based on Oscar Wilde's Classic fairy tale, is presented with beautiful, traditional, Eastern-European, turned-wood marionettes.  The simple natural wooden surface is left so children can use their imaginations.  Wood grain swirls give each character distinct expression.  The hair is made of rope, the eyes of shiny brads.  The puppet children are round and smooth where the Giant is boxy and rough.  The musical show contrasts selfishness and sharing.  The Selfish Giant must learn to share if he is to have friends.

Jerry Bickel has written and performed a dozen programs that have toured across the country and around the world. He is a master of classic puppet techniques and has the imagination to use the best of them to create new works for modern audiences. 

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Theatre
Visual Art
English Language Arts
SEL


Artistic Genre:

Puppetry
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Library, Media Room, Cafeteria or gym are all possible performance spaces. One electrical outlet is required. Lighting anf sound equipment are provided by the artist. The puppets are best seen by audiences no larger that 120 students at a time.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available September 1-14, October 5-21, November 11-22, 2022; January 9-20, February, March and May, 2023

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


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


Artistic Genre:

Music

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Media Center, Theater, or Multi purpose room. Need projector, screen, and computer to display Power Point presentation. Each student will need crayons and rulers. Masking tape and Staplers for artist and teacher will also be needed.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Dance with 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


Artistic Genre:

Dance

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Space for students to move freely. Bluetooth speakers.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available year round.

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


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


Artistic Genre:

Music
Storytelling
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Large Room

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available year round.

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


Artistic Genre:

Music
Storytelling
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Large Room

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available year round.

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


Artistic Genre:

Music
Storytelling
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Large Room

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available year round.

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Comes to Life

Presented by: Ersula Odom

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Description:

Ms. Odom’s portrayal of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune brings Dr Bethune “to life” as a one-person interactive show. Set during the 1950s , “Dr. Bethune” shares her life’s story covering her developmental Bethune Cookman College (now University)foundation years, her US presidential advisory years, and her national impact.   She will then answer questions in character. After Dr Bethune “leaves”, Ersula will answer questions regarding her research and personal journey.

Grade Level:

Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

Theatre
Social Studies


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Chair, side table and mic

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Breathing Life into HIstory

Presented by: Ersula Odom - Sula Too LLC

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Description:

Ms. Odom’s conducts an interactive workshop that takes attendees through the process of developing a portrayal a historical personality. Including conducting reseach, writing a script and presenting the live performance. 

This is a 3, 45 minute workshop series.

Grade Level:

Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre


Artistic Genre:

Literary Arts
Theater
Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

A single chair and small side table. Great acoustics or microphone.

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 social and emotional recovery, 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


Artistic Genre:

Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Large open space with no furniture.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available year round.

Franzini Family Science Circus

Presented by: Franzini Family

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Description:

The FRANZINI FAMILY SCIENCE CIRCUS featuring Professor Franzini and Lippo the Clown leads the audience through an action packed demonstration of Gravity, Inertia, Circular Motion, Air Pressure and Balance. All these scientific elements are dynamically demonstrated through clowning, juggling, magic and other circus skills. This fun-filled, fast-paced program promotes an understanding of science in clear and simple terms. Hula Hoops, Umbrellas, Balls, Cigar Boxes, Balloons and more are transformed into objects of scientific concern and fascination. An introduction to astronomy is shown through Lippo’s wild ride around the sun and when he puts the planets into orbit! Run Away with the Franzini Family to stimulate thought, interest and a better understanding of science for grades K through 5.

The Franzini Family has performed around the world and throughout the United States.  They have appeared at hundreds of schools and many of the major performing arts centers of Florida, promoting science and circus.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Theatre
Mathematics
Science


Artistic Genre:

Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

20 x 20 ft. of cleared space with 10 ft. ceilings, if possible.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Blackout!

Presented by: Giddy Perez

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Description:

Blackout poetry, also know as erasure poetry or found poetry, is an artistic phenomenon that continues to bloom. The concept is simple, just take a written piece of text from a newspaper or book and redact words to come up with your own story or poem. Blackout poems are easy to create, share and celebrate by simply creating new meanings with old words. If you struggle to find your own words or are just simply having writers block - this workshop is for you!

Grade Level:

Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Visual Art


Artistic Genre:

Literary Arts

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Poet Giddy Perez can conduct these workshops in a classroom or Media Center. Giddy will need a laptop and internet access to show examples. Giddy brings all other necessary supplies.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available year round.

Introduction to Slam Poetry

Presented by: 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


Artistic Genre:

Literary Arts

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Classroom, whiteboard, projector.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

Use Your Voice! How to capture your story and turn it into something worth reading.

Presented by: Greg Neri

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Description:

Everyone has a story worth telling. The act of sharing them is our superpower. Author G. Neri (Concrete Cowboy, Tru & Nelle) leads this lecture/workshop about what makes your story unique, how to capture it and why you should share it. The program is designed to teach students how to viserally capture scenes through senses (sight, sound, smell, touch) and emotion. The program will also focus on why using your unique voice can change how others see you and how they experience their own world.

Grade Level:

Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts


Artistic Genre:

Literary Arts

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Media Center

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available year round.

Poetry Writing and Performance Workshops

Presented by: Heard Em Say Youth Arts Collective

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Description:

Heard Em Say is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering students with the tools they need to tell the stories that matter most to them. Our workshops center on poetry, and are designed to: increase student knowledge about writing and performance techniques; provide practice opportunities for young people to write and share their own original work; increase student confidence in themselves, their writing, and their performance; and encourage students to see their voices as an important part of positive community change. 

Heard Em Say can also host open mics, poetry competitions, or other performance events.

Grade Level:

Grades: 9-12
Grades: 6-8

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre


Artistic Genre:

Literary Arts

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Classroom space dedicated to workshop and performance (ie not shared space), whiteboard, and student supplies of pencils & paper.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available year round.

Poetry Workshop

Presented by: J.Desiree Rodriguez

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Description:

J. Desiree became a published-poetry author at the age of 17. Her first published poem, was in the third grade. Since then she has continued to write, provide poetry workshops, and panel poetry competitions.

Our poetry workshops include a range of creativity, self-love, and communication exercises. We foster curriculum that supports music, emotional and social awareness through spoken word exercises, Q&A, and writing workshops.

Grade Level:

Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
SEL


Artistic Genre:

Literary Arts

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Classroom, Media Center, or cafeteria

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available year round.

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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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.

Facilities needed: Room needs to be able to be semi-darkened for shadow puppets.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Art
Theatre
English Language Arts
Science
Social Studies


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. Young audiences love to 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 positive messages about co-operation, empathy, and courage, 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


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 classroom workshop follows a grade level assembly performance. The assembly provides the platform for the workshop material. Students are led through a fun description of narrative structure and introduced to the components of narrative composition. It then becomes highly interactive as students utilize narrative structure and components to create and tell a short but wonderful story!

Grade Level:

Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre


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:

Available year round.

Classics Alive!

Presented by: Kaye Byrnes Storytelling

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Description:

Bring classic literature to life for middle and high school students through the adapted oral 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 reluctant readers. Adapted to a contemporary style while retaining the author’s unique 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


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:

Available year round.

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 levels from a repertoire of fairytales, folktales, fables, legends and myths. Each story is introduced by its distinctive  characteristics and students are encouraged to explore a wide variety of genre.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Theatre
English Language Arts


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:

Available year round.

Reading With My Ears!

Presented by: Kaye Byrnes Storytelling

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Description:

Through listening to classic children’s literature brought to life in the oral tradition, proficient and struggling readers alike will experience the thrill of visualizing a story as it unfolds and be inspired to use visualization in future reading/writing. This program stimulates and nurtures the imagination!

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Theatre
English Language Arts


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:

Available year round.

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 attending grade levels and each story is introduced in context of its originating culture. Easily adapted to reflect a designated country, continent or culture that’s part of the grade level curriculum.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Theatre
English Language Arts
Social Studies


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:

Available year round.

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


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.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available Fall 2022 and Spring 2023

Walker Between Worlds

Presented by: Leland Faulkner

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Description:

Walker Between Worlds is a medicine bag full of Leland’s favorite traditional Native American stories told with an original perspective.  Listen with the heart of a child, the mind of an elder, and the soul of a warrior and you too will walk the path to other places and other times. 

These traditional tales of wonder are full of entertaining lessons from Turtle Island, and are a gift and legacy for future generations. It is a celebration of the beauty and simplicity of human imagination. You will experience humorous, dramatic, and timeless stories that feature the animal world, nature, dreams, tricksters, and heroes.
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Leland Faulkner is a member of The Bad River Band of Chippewa Indians in Odenah, Wisconsin, his mother’s tribe. His father was a Shoshone Bannock tribal member from Fort Hall, Idaho and he walks the path between both peoples. 

Leland has travelled the performer’s path for over thirty five years. His parents were part of the U.S. Foreign Service and Leland grew up with an international background living in Afghanistan, Iran, and Africa. His performances have added to his world walking journey, as he has appeared in festivals and on tours all over the U.S. to Canada, Russia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Spain, and Turkey. Experiencing life in multiple cultures inspired the title for this very personal program Walker Between Worlds.

Grade Level:

Grades: K-5
Grades: 6-8

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Theatre


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Large empty space like a gym, theater, cafetorium, or library space.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

February - March 2023

Voice & Connection through Poetry

Presented by: Liz Prisley

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Description:

This workshop leads students through an introduction to writing, revising, and performing poetry. Liz invites students to reflect on themselves and what they care about most as they dive into a world of metaphor and other figurative language. This workshop affirms student voice and creativity, and encourages students to think about healthy ways to write about hard subjects. Can be scaled for more advanced classes. 

Workshops are typically 90 to 120 minutes in length but can vary as needed.  Workshops can be tailored to specific themes or audiences.  Appropriate for grades 8 through 12.

Grade Level:

Grades: 8-12

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
SEL


Artistic Genre:

Literary Arts

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Dedicated classroom space, writing materials for students, and whiteboard.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available Year Round

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


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


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 experiences 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
World Language


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

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available October 2022, January, April and May 2023.

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


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

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

January, April and May 2023

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


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 December through May

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


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:

2023 Availability: March 28th thru 31st, April 3rd thru 7th and April 10th thru 14th.

African American Greats

Presented by: Stageworks Theatre Company

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Description:

This program features two professional actors who will perform monologues as notables of African American History: Mary McLeod Bethune, Dr. Charles Drew, Madam C.J. Walker, Jackie Robinson, Mae Jemison, Garrett Morgan, and Rosa Parks. These exceptional individuals struggled to overcome prejudice and racial barriers to excel in their chosen fields: education (McLeod Bethune), science and research (Drew), invention (Morgan), business and philanthropy (Walker), and sports (Robinson), as well as using their talents to break color barriers and advance civil rights (Parks). After the program, there will be a “talk back” during which the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their reactions with the actors.


Grade Level:

Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Theatre


Artistic Genre:

Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Performance space with adequate seating for students and no invasive noise. Auditoriums that accommodate more than 150 students must supply sound system. 1 table, 1 chair and a small staging area.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available January through March 2023

Central Avenue's Leadership Legacies

Presented by: Stageworks Theatre Company

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Description:

Experience the history of Tampa's Central Avenue Business District through the stories of notable community leaders.  Perry Harvey, Sr., Blanche Armwood, Henry Joyner, Sarah Jackson Robinson and Robert Saunders share their stories and life insights as the play explores the importance of education, entrepreneurship, entertainment and civic engagement in the growth and development of Tampa.   

(Please note:  4th grade Social Studies lessons supported by this play are available in Canvas.  A walking tour of Perry Harvey Park, guided by the Tampa Bay History Center, compliments and extends learning)

AVAILABLE FOR GRADES 4 THROUGH 6

Grade Level:

Grades: 4-6

Curriculum Connections:

Social Studies
Theatre


Artistic Genre:


Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Performance space with adequate seating for students and no invasive noise. Auditoriums that accommodate more than 150 students must supply sound system. 1 1 chair and a small staging area.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available May 2023

Hispanic American Greats

Presented by: Stageworks Theatre Company

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Description:

This program features two professional actors who will perform monologues as the following notables of Hispanic American History: Ellen Ochoa, Sonia Sotomayor, Jaime Escalante, and Jose Marti. These exceptional individuals struggled to overcome prejudice and racial barriers to excel in their chosen fields: the judiciary system (Sotomayor), education (Escalante), science and research (Ochoa) as well as using their talents to influence revolution and advance civil rights (Marti) After the program, there will be a “talk back” during which the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their reactions with the actors.


Grade Level:

Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Theatre


Artistic Genre:

Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Performance space with adequate seating for students and no invasive noise. Auditoriums that accommodate more than 150 students must supply sound system. Also, a projector and screen.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available September through October 2022

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


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 Year Round

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Presented by: Stevens Puppets

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Description:

In this silly and non-scary version of Washington Irving's classic piece of literature, children of all ages will follow the lanky school master, Ichabod Crane, as he sings, dances, and falls in love with a giggly, Katrina Van Tassel.  Watch breathless as Katrina's father, Baltus, and the village goof ball, Brom Bones, try to run Ichabod out of town by telling him the tale of... The Headless Horseman.  Stevens Puppets bring this ever-popular classic tale delightfully to life with beautiful wooden marionettes.  The production is underscored by the classical music of Domenico Scarlotti and Modest Mussorgsky, and a fun time is had by all! Adapted for marionettes by Martin Stevens and Daniel Raynor.



Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Music
Theatre


Artistic Genre:

Puppetry
Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Gym/cafeteria/multipurpose room. Our full stage footprint is 12ft. wide/ 8ft. tall/6ft. deep. 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 Year Round

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


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 January 1, 2023.

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 Jr. and other icons of the Civil Rights Movement. Her family remembered the struggles of past generations and how they overcame many obstacles. Storyteller Tamara Green tells the history of those who through determination and sacrifice, achieved greatness. People like Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., the Little Rock Nine, Ruby Bridges, and a host of heroes who were willing to march their way towards a rich heritage of dignity and accomplishments.  

Grade Level:

Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre
Social Studies


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 January 1, 2023.

The Rockin' Library

Presented by: Tamara Green

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Description:

Storyteller Tamara Green takes her audience on a roller coaster ride to the Rockin' Library where the stories are many and just as diverse.  It's amazing how often books that most people have read are able to demonstrate how to treat others with kindness. These books are so well-liked that they can be found in almost every school, bookstore, and public library.  Good Night Moon, Curious George, Roar of a Snore, Chocolate Me, Where the Wild Things Are, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? are just some of the books that deserve to be read and heard.  All aboarddddd! And let's go to the Rockin' Library where stories come alive!

Grade Level:

Grades: K-5
Grades: 6-8

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Cafeteria stage, multipurpose room or library are great venues for this performance. The space should be 10’ wide x 10’ deep with access to a computer, projector, and screen. Also, two rectangular tables or round tables in the performance space will allow the performer to set-up display items

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available after January 1, 2023.

Tampa Taiko Japanese Drumming

Presented by: Tampa Taiko Drumming Ensemble

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Description:

Tampa Taiko is a professional drumming ensemble that has performed for a vast array of audiences.  Using a collection of taiko drums they have made themselves from discarded barrels, Tampa Taiko entertains and educates audiences with an exciting traditional presentation of an ancient Japanese art form. 

Grade Level:

Grades: K-12

Curriculum Connections:

Music
Social Studies
World Language


Artistic Genre:

Music

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

This program can be held in a theater, gymnasium, band room, cafeteria, classroom, or most any other venue of your choice.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Limited Availability: January 23rd through February 3rd, with the exception of January 25th.

Author Presentations with Taryn Souders

Presented by: Taryn Souders

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Description:

 Award-winning, Sunshine State author, Taryn Souders, offers several presentations for media specialists/teachers to choose from, depending on what best suits their needs. In each presentation Taryn will talk about the importance of editing, research, and what she’s learned about the publishing industry over the years. A full description of what is covered in each individual presentation can be found at www.TarynSouders.com. Each presentation involves a slide show and time for Q & A afterwards: 

The Creation of Story (5th – 7th Grade)
Coop Knows the Scoop (3rd – 7th Grade)
How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer (4th – 6th Grade)
Whole-y Cow! Fractions Are Fun (3rd – 4th Grade)
Dead Possums Are Fair Game (4th – 6th Grade)

Grade Level:

Grades: 3-5
Grades: 6-8

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Mathematics


Artistic Genre:

Dance
Literary Arts

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Multipurpose room, cafeteria, or library for larger groups; Classroom for smaller groups. An LCD projector and screen are required as well.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available Year Round

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: K-5

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

20 square feet of performance space.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available Year Round.