Multicultural Folktale Theatre
For the 2015-16 School Year: Act!vated Heroes
Each show features TWO (2) of the following stories. Touring nationally through April 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 Goes Fishing The original "spiderman", 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. 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.
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 gets out of a jam through her 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.
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.)
"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
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
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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