For the 2015-16 School Year:
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
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
For the 2016-17 School Year:
“Tales Afoot” will open in time for next summer library reading programs and continue to tour the nation throughout the 2016-17 school year. The stories are selected to highlight the summer reading program theme “Ready, Set, Read”.
- Tortoise and the Hare – the classic Greek tale from Aesop's fables
- The Gingerbread Man – Run, run as fast as you can, catch the Gingerbread Man while you can
- Old Stormalong vs. the Steam Ship – a John Henry story that takes place at sea
- The Troll and the Shoes - a girl outwits a troll who has challenged her to a foot race