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  1. Requests will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis, based on availability of funding. The cost varies for each arts experience. If you would like to purchase an experience, please contact Caroll Vick for more details.
  2. How to request an experience:
    • Browse the Artist Directory by scrolling down the page or using the provided filters. Once you’ve decided on a performance, select the ‘Request This Experience’ button next to the artist’s description and it will take you to a request form. Fill out the form completely and be sure to select submit. This form is automatically sent to Caroll Vick. Be sure to download the Teacher Resource Guide!
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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.

Make A Million Cats! Puppet-building Workshop

Presented by: Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre

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Description:

At a Happi Holli Performance Workshop the audience makes the puppets and performs!

This is Holli’s most popular workshop. It is filled with imagination, good design, color filter paper and feathers. Hands-on puppet making workshop activities teach creative techniques, develop motor skills, language, social skills and increase confidence. Every student makes a rod puppet, performs for class enjoyment and takes their puppet home.

Holli brings all the materials needed: fabric, poster board, feathers, spangles, glue, cardboard tubes and plenty of imagination. Once built, the puppets are brought to life using creative dramatics techniques for classroom enjoyment. It’s fun for every group and everyone leaves with their magical friend.

Up to 30 students can participate in a single workshop.

WHAT’S BEEN SAID ABOUT OUR WORKSHOP PERFORMANCES

(Dr. D.P. Morgan, Ph.D., Director, Child Development Laboratories, UA)

“These residency activities are classic examples of interdisciplinary learning and although children find them to be very fun, they are also cognitively challenging. In addition to learning about the history of puppetry as an art form, the children solve measurement and physical knowledge problems as they create, revise, and perfect their puppets using collage, painting, paper-mache, and sillhouette-gel techniques. The collaboration among the children as they work in small groups on scripts, oral delivery, and movement activities to bring their puppets to life is intense, full of social negotiation and aimed at reaching consensus about how to work together to create a common product — the show!”

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Art
English Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:


Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Classroom, cafeteria,media center are all possible workshop sites. Tables and chairs are required. Workshop is 45 to 75 minutes long.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Availability year round, except October and 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.

Puppeteer Jerry Bickel presents a program that includes:
  • Intro to Puppetry (10 minutes)
  • Performance (35 minutes)
  • Demo on making Souvenir Rod Puppets (supplies provided, 5 minutes)
The program can easily be seen by up to 120 students at a time.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

Theatre
Visual Art
English Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Puppetry
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

The experience can take place in the cafeteria, media center, gym or large classroom. One electrical outlet is required.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Availability year round, except 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

Let's Move

Presented by: DeMario Henry

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Description:

Research shows a strong correlation between academic achievement and health. Let DeMario Henry get your students moving and exercising through dance. Teaching for more than 15 years has given DeMario the insight needed to train others in the fundamentals of hip-hop and other forms of dance while creating a fun learning environment. Students will learn basic dance moves as well as sequencing and teamwork.

DeMario Henry, founder and owner of VYB Dance Company (vybdance.com) in Tampa, loves sharing his knowledge and love of urban dance. He is one of Tampa's most talented, charismatic and versatile dancers, with a background in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, salsa, bachata, aerial silks and hoop! DeMario was a contestant on America's Got Talent, has performed for Rachel Ray, participated in Scotland's Commonwealth Games, provided dance instruction on I Can Do That! and most recently created choreography and trained a group of dancers to compete in World of Dance.

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

Speak Your Truth! Telling your story your way.

Presented by: Dennis Amadeus

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Description:

This creative writing and performance poetry workshop is focused on developing both personal narrative as well as poetic device and style.  The content of the workshop is as follows:
  • Dennis Amadeus Intro
  • Icebreaker/writing warm-up
  • Personal and public affirmations
  • Slam poetry video & breakdown
  • Abstract/concrete breakdown (What makes it a poem?)
  • Writing prompt
  • Writing time
  • Showcase Finale (Poets perform their work and support each other)
Spoken word poetry, in the context of youth, is an art form for healing.  If a space is created with enthusiasm, honesty and emotional safety at the forefront, that healing will come from two sides.  First the writer, who pours their story through their pen for the world, is freed from the weights that held them down.  Second is the listener who, either through empathy or experience, relates to the writer in a new way.  It's in this relationship that the art happens.

Grade Level:

Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Literary Arts

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

A semi-quiet room that students can write in while listening to music. Preferably a white board or flip chart. A music stand or podium (not necessary). Lined writing paper or notebooks for each student.

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

Learning Life Skills through Interactive Drumming

Presented by: Drum Magic

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Description:

Drum Magic provides educational and interactive hand drumming for schools throughout the country. We bring authentic African hand drums called Djembe’s to your location and facilitate interactive, 30 minute, sessions of drumming for groups of 60-80 participants including teachers, students, and administrators. A full day in your school is educational, affordable, and filled with community building opportunities. This program will be the talk of the school for days following our visit. Drum Magic is suited for all school age children and adults.

Grade Level:

Grades: K-12

Curriculum Connections:

Music
Health Education
Social Studies
World Language

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Music

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Best location is INDOORS using a multi-purpose room, media center or, cafeteria. Each drummer needs a chair and the chairs should be arranged into two concentric circles.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year Round Availability

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

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

Study Guide:


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

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 engaging, entertaining and highly participatory classroom workshop introduces, complements and reinforces narrative writing curriculum. A simple overview of narrative structure and components is followed by an outrageously fun “build a story” activity.  Students experience the process of creating narrative in a structured, purposeful and fun manner. This workshop is coupled with a storytelling presentation.

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

Family Literacy Night

Presented by: Kaye Byrnes Storytelling

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Description:

Typically an evening event scheduled, this presentation brings families together to experience the power of stories.  Easy ideas for nurturing reading skills at home are intertwined with the telling of stories, encouraging parents to play an active role in the learning process. A handout, in English and Spanish, is available that includes and expands upon program content.  The presentation is highly flexible to accommodate other activities that may be incorporated into the evening.




Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling
Literary Arts

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

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:

Discovering the range of narrative genre and those that are of individual appeal is an important component of reading for pleasure. Genre Jive is customized for the attending grade level(s) from a  repertoire of fairy tales, folktales, fables, legends and myths.   Each genre represented in the presentation is introduced by its distinctive features and students are encouraged to consider their reaction to each.

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

It Pays To Be Good

Presented by: Kaye Byrnes Storytelling

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Description:

Stories have been used for centuries to impart behavioral lessons and expectations.  It Pays To Be Good is a powerful tool for communicating the cause and effect relationship of ordinary choices made in the moment.  Designed to satisfy Florida School Code 1003.42(2)(s) requiring a character-development program in all public schools, each presentation is a customized for grade level appropriateness with a focus on the qualities of kindness, responsibility, honesty and respect.

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:

Reading is a delight for many students, a struggle for others. The oral tradition of storytelling offers all students an opportunity to fully engage in the power of  narrative regardless of reading ability. With stories chosen from a treasure trove of children’s literature, students are encouraged to engage in an imaginative journey that fosters visualization, creative thinking, and context vocabulary. Each program is customized for participating grade levels, ensuring age appropriateness and maximum engagement.

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. Chosen from a wide-ranging repertoire, each presentation is customized for the attending grade level(s) and may include tales from Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America and Middle Eastern countries.  Each story is introduced in the context of its originating culture.

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

Wild Workshops

Presented by: Kelly of the Wild

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Description:

Wild Workshops will inspire your students to explore the natural world through creative expression!  Kelly Quinn, Artist in Residence at the Florida Aquarium, will share a presentation with students focused on local conservation topics such as estuary ecosystems, water management, endangered species and marine ecosystems.  This presentation will be followed by a hands-on workshop that connects the students to a new art style or medium (graphite, watercolor, acrylic) using one of these conservation topics as the inspiration.

Grade Level:

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

Curriculum Connections:

Science

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Visual Arts

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Classroom that can accommodate 25 students, has access to a sink and includes tables and chairs. Projector

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available Year Round

World of Wonder

Presented by: Leland Faulkner

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Description:

World of Wonder is a performance of story and magic, featuring theater that transcends differences and characters from around the planet.  Shadow, mime, acting and amazing effects illustrate a pantheon of ideas and actions that promote tolerance, respect and a sense of wonder. 

Hailed as one of the top ranked performers for young audiences, Leland Faulkner has toured the world performing in circuses, festivals, and theaters.  Don't miss the opportunity to have him appear at your school and share his work with the eager minds of your students.

Grade Level:

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

Curriculum Connections:

Theatre
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Visual Art

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Storytelling
Puppetry
Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

A space with at least 10 X 20 feet with access to standard power, the ability to dime the lights in the space. It does not have to be a blackout - just dimmed.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Limited Engagement

Midnight Train: Harriet Tubman on the Underground Railroad

Presented by: Mary J. Kelly

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Description:

Mary portrays Harriet Tubman during her years as a slave, her journey to freedom and her endeavors to help others flee northward. Harriet’s story is one of triumph and survival under the harshest conditions one can imagine. Mary brings Harriet’s story to life with her uniquely expressive vocalizations and visually exciting physical movements creating a cavalcade of characters that reflect historical and contemporary attitudes.



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 African Diaspora

Presented by: Mary J. Kelly

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Description:

Once upon a time, there was - or there was not?  Welcome to the world of storytelling.  Storytelling is one of humanity's oldest art forms of communication and educational methods.

Mary's repertoire includes folk and fairy tales, personal and fictional stories from the world around us.  She brings her characters to life through voice, movement and audience participation.  Mary's stories are about familiar friends in near and faraway places; Grandmother Oak tells Woody stories, Brer Rabbit finds trouble, a goat and tiger become best of friends and many more fascinating characters.  These stories play a genuine part in our shared journey to explore our world, to discover the story from within, and to have fun.

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)

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


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, Adverbs and Similes

Presented by: Moving Current Dance Collective

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Description:

An interactive lecture/demonstration that encourages the students to wake up their imagination and curiosity, inviting them to become the choreographers. The dance 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!

This performance encourages fun loving problem solving and to think about the ways in which our experiences shape us and our view point. What we experience gives us our own way of thinking, of 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!

Photo credit: J.M.Lennon/Lennon Media

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 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 Equipment: a hand held microphone and sound system to accommodate CD or Mp3. Dressing Rooms: no dressing room required, but access to a bathroom, water and an area to put personal belongings close to the performances area is needed

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available:February-May

Dancing YOUR Direction

Presented by: Moving Current Dance Collective

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Description:

An interactive lecture/demonstration that encourages the students to wake up their imagination and curiosity, inviting them to become the choreographers. The dance 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!

This performance encourages fun loving problem solving and to think about the ways in which our experiences shape us and our view point. What we experience gives us our own way of thinking, of 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!

Photo credit: J.M.Lennon/Lennon Media

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. Equipment: a hand held microphone and sound system to accommodate CD or Mp3. Dressing Rooms: no dressing room required, but access to a bathroom, water and an area to put personal belongings close to the performances area is needed

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

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

The Wizard of Oz

Presented by: Stevens Puppets

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Description:

Lions and Tigers and Puppets, oh my!  In this classic heart-warming tale, beautifully adapted for marionettes by Martin Stevens and Dan Raynor, children of all ages will watch with baited breath as a Kansas cyclone whisks Dorothy off to Oz.  In Oz, Dorothy befriends the Scarecrow, who wants a brain, the Tin Woodman, who wants a heart, and the Cowardly Lion, who wants courage.  Together they set off on a journey to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz while evading the delightfully silly Wicked Witch of the West. 

World leaders in the puppetry arts for over 80 years, Stevens Puppets bring this tale to life with artfully hand-carved wooden marionettes and a musical score you are sure to be humming all the way home.

Grade Level:

Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

English Language Arts
Theatre
Visual Art

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Puppetry

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Gym/cafeteria/multipurpose room. Our full stage footprint is 12ft. wide/ 8ft. tall/6 ft. 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 November through May

Washington Irving's, "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
Visual Art

Study Guide:


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 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.

Learning about Japanese Culture with Tampa Taiko

Presented by: Tampa Taiko Japanese 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

Study Guide:


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:

Year Round Availability