June 2016 - May 2017
Tales Afoot

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Two of the shows were broadcast live on Facebook. Watch them now.

“Tales Afoot” is now touring the nation through May 2017. Each show features TWO (2) of the following stories.

The Hare gets dragged offstage in the Tortoise and the Hare
Tricked by a Troll
Stomalong fights the Kraken

The Tortoise and the Hare

This timeless tale, from Aesop’s Fables, 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. (recommended for 1 years old to 3rd grade) Podcast read-along version

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. (recommended for 1st – 6th grade) podcast version

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. (recommended for 1st – 6th grade) Read one version of Old Stormalong

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. (recommended for 1 years old to 3rd grade) podcast version

Also available:

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. (recommended for age 2 to 4th grade) 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


Upcoming 2017-18 Tour Season
Hammer, Nail, Tell a Tale

Featuring story options with the theme of building a better world. The new story options will be available nationwide June 2016 - May 2017. Two of the following stories in every 45 minute show.

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The Three Little Pigs

Our version of the quaint little story everyone knows, about how three porcine siblings learn, through some rather risky trial and error, to build their houses out of the strongest possible materials to keep the wolf from the door.

Anansi and the Story Box

The famous West African arachnid trickster returns, in a story about how he goes on a quest assigned by the great sky god Nyame in order to earn the right to bring a box of stories down to earth, building a legacy to inspire future generations.

The Shadow Builders

A legend from Turkey about Karagöz and Hacivat, two joke-telling construction workers who inspired the popular shadow puppet characters named after them.

Old Joe and the Carpenter

A humorous Appalachian legend about how a traveling carpenter teaches two feuding mountaineers that good fences don’t really make the best neighbors.

Fun educational shows for:

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

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.

Enrich the Learning Experience:

Yes, we sign!

American Sign Language
in every show

Eager kids gather after the show to discuss the books they found

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.

Library Bonus:

Hammer, Nail, Tell a Tale features tales chosen specifically to highlight the summer reading program theme “Build a Better World ”. 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


Send a booking request, call (800) 429-6576 or send us an Email to schedule a date or request more information.