For the 2016-17 School Year
June 2016 - May 2017
“Tales Afoot” will open in time for 2016 summer library reading programs and continue to tour the nation throughout the 2016-17 school year. The stories, all tales with an element of racing, are chosen to highlight the summer reading program theme “Ready, Set, Read”.
The Tortoise and the Hare
From Aesop’s Fables, this timeless tale pits the brash, obnoxious hare against the patient, dedicated tortoise in a race that will give the tortoise the chance to win the respect of the hare and his fellow hares who are always harassing the tortoises. Does he succeed? No fair peeking at the Cliffs Notes.
Racing the Troll
The stakes are high indeed when an aspiring dancer must race a devious troll who gave her a pair of wonderful new shoes to dance in. She didn’t know there were strings attached to the gift, and now she must defeat the troll in a foot race to reclaim her very soul. But he’s faster, so she must rely on her brains instead of her feet. (Scandinavia)
Stormalong Races The Steam Engine
In what might be called John Henry at Sea, the legendary larger-than-life American sailor Alfred Bulltop Stormalong pits his ship against a newfangled steamship. It’s man versus machine, courage versus craftiness and innovation versus tradition.
The Gingerbread Man
From Great Britain comes this cumulative fable about a gingerbread man that decides he’d rather run away than stay with the kindly old woman who baked him. His crusty adventure has him eluding a series of animal pursuers who want to devour him, taunting each of them in turn with his rhyming boast about how up to speed he is.
Available through May 2016
We've gathered together some legendary Act!vated Heroes from folktales and asked them to display their courage, wits and wiles for audiences in communities like yours.
The following folktale heroes are available to act!vate their tales at your school assembly, school family night, library reading program, theatre or community center.
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. In this rendition we also bring you Sally-Ann-Thunder-Ann-Whirlwind Crockett who wins Davy’s heart at barn dance and wrestles alligators with her bare hands.
Anansi Goes Fishing The original "spiderman", this beloved hero of many African folktales gets his way by cunning and cleverness. This story includes brief retellings of "Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock" and "Anansi and the Story Box". In the main story, however, Mr. Turtle tricks Anansi into doing all of the work.
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? 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 resourcefulness. The classic story 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 and Granny get out of a jam through their own devices.
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. Our heroes, Coyote and Eagle may not agree on how to get the job done, lending to some comical antics, but at the end of the day they succeed.
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.)
Each show features TWO (2) stories. Touring nationally through April 2016.
"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
Fun educational shows for:
school assemblies - school family nights - after-school programs -
library reading programs - theaters - family audiences - museums - community groups
Enrich the Learning Experience:
Yes, we sign!
American Sign Language
in every 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.
At the end of library performances the performers encourage the audience to find and check out books related to the show.
"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