Multicultural Folktale Theatre

The Wolf introduces himself to Red Riding Hood using American Sign Language

Fun educational shows for:

school assemblies - school family nights - after-school programs - library reading programs - theaters - family audiences - museums - community groups

For the 2014-15 School Year: “3..2..1.. Activate”

Available through May 2015. Each show features two of the following stories:
    Dragon attacking the town sheep
  • The Dragon Of Krakow - The city of Krakow, back in the days when it was just a village, is being besieged by a ruthless dragon, and the villagers are powerless to stop it. Or are they? The shoemaker's apprentice may have a solution by being very creative with the materials he has on hand defeating the dragon.
  • Little Red Riding Hood - the classic story that originated in France and was popularized by the Brothers Grimm; its perennial popularity may have contributed to the unsavory reputation that wolves have had. Our wolf is at least cunning like so many folktale wolves and their cousins. And the woodman is helpful. But ultimately Red gets out of a jam through her own devices. (photos from the show)
  • The Boy Who Wanted A Drum - This story from India teaches the lesson of paying it forward. It tells of a poor boy who dreams of owning a drum and being a musician, but his mother can give him nothing more than a piece of wood. But when he encounters a woman who needs such a piece of wood and gives it to her, it begins a series of exchanges in which he helps other people obtain what they want, which ultimately leads him to what he wants. (photos from the show)

  • Scenes from Tops and Bottoms

  • Tops and Bottoms is our retelling of a Scandinavian version of a tale that has appeared in many different forms and cultures, going all the way back to Aesop. It's a classic example of a trickster tale, with one animal (in this case a fox) outwitting another (in this case a bear) in the choice of which part of a crop to take – the tops or the bottoms. The bullying Bear insists that the Fox is trespassing on his land, though the Fox has a deed to it. So the sly Fox makes the Bear an offer he can't refuse about how to share the land and the food it produces.
  • Something From Nothing - A poetic tale from Eastern Europe about the importance of tradition, heritage and family ties. A retired tailor makes a blanket for his granddaughter from fabric that his grandmother had made. When she wears out the blanket, he turns it into something else, and something else, and so on. In the end the girl learns the importance of writing things down so others can read about them. (Podcast read along version.)
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Every show is presented by professional performers and features witty scripts, costumes, imaginative props, music, song and dance, masks and puppets, nonstop action, American Sign Language, physical comedy and audience participation. All set before a gigantic oversized book that encourages reading and promotes a love of literature.

"Activated Story Theatre was awesome! We see a play every year, but this is the first time many of our teachers came to me to tell how wonderful it was. We were all very pleased!" ~Julie Haught, Second Grade Teacher/Assembly Coordinator, Mount Dora, FL


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Yes, we sign!

American Sign Language
in every show

Library Bonus:

At the end of library performances the performers encourage the audience to find and check out books related to the show.

Parts for Kids:

30 minute pre-show workshop/rehearsal included. Some of the stories include roles for up to 12 kids to play. The guest stars attend a pre-show rehearsal 1/2 hour before show time. Students will learn their roles, some will have speaking parts. All will learn acting techniques, don costumes and enjoy the applause.

"I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful performances in our two schools. The teachers and students are still buzzing about how great it was." ~Phyllis Boswell, Assembly Coordinator, Crawsfordville, IN


Act!vated Heroes - Opening in June 2015

Each show features two of the following stories. Available June 2015 - May 2016.

Davy Crockett A genuine historical figure who was also a genuine
storyteller, Davy Crockett became a legend largely through these colorful
episodes he borrowed from folklore and placed himself in the middle of.

Anansi The original "spider man", this beloved hero of many African
folktales gets his way by cunning and cleverness.

The Dragon Of Krakow A cobbler's apprentice is the unlikely hero to
defeat the ferocious dragon in this popular traditional tale from Poland.
Perseus and Medusa In this classic of Greek mythology, the heroic
Perseus defeats the horrible Medusa by taking an indirect rather than a
direct approach.

Red Riding Hood In this version of the story, Red isn't just a passive
victim waiting for a rescuer, but defeats the wolf through her own

Coyote and Eagle A Native American myth of how the moon came to be in the sky, originally told by the Zuni tribe of New Mexico.

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"Your animated movements, expressions and humor kept everyone involved throughout. It was wonderful to see children participate in performing, and your use of sign language was a special treat as well." ~Kathleen Buettner, Librarian, Monterey, CA