More about the educational impact of the shows and how it act!vates the Common Core State Standards.
Act!vated Story Theatre takes your students along on a voyage of the imagination to foreign lands, distant eras and colorful cultures. Since 1988, thousands and thousands of elementary and middle school students and their teachers have laughed and learned as Act!vated Story Theatre has held them spellbound during school assemblies all across the U.S.
We bring theatrical productions to your school, no buses or transportation hassles.
Folklore and performing arts enrich the lives of children by broadening their perspective and providing them with inspiring and thought-provoking stories. The multicultural folktales in the show are carefully selected to illustrate and encourage positive character traits such as independent thinking, creativity, self-esteem, motivation, determination and respect for others. The school assembly programs also stress the importance of reading, and help instill a fascination with books.
American Sign Language in all of the shows
"I thought the presentation was great. There was plenty of student involvement and I liked their use of conventions of storytelling." ~Denise, Teacher, McHarg Elementary School, Radford, VA
On the day of the show the performers will arrive at your school one hour before the assembly is scheduled to begin, to set up the oversized book; which serves as the backdrop for the tales they spin - each page represents a different scene. One half hour before assembly time, the performers will direct up to 12 of your students to play a role in each performance; some may have the opportunity to speak lines. The student's participation not only boosts their own confidence and sense of artistic expression, but also provides an example to encourage their peers.
The show is interactive. In addition to the student performers acting in the show. The audience will be actively involved throughout the performance.
After the assembly, students are encouraged to ask the performers questions, time permitting.
Study Guides are provided with educational activities and background information for the teachers to use before the performance to prepare the students and to follow-up after the show.
PTO and PTA School Family Nights
In addition to day time school assemblies the Act!vated Actors love to entertain the whole family. Schools may schedule Family Nights in conjunction with school assemblies or on their own.
The starting time is up to you. Most schools schedule their Family Nights to start between 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. But we are flexible and have even performed at 10:00 pm for a D.R.O.P. (Drop Everything and Read) lock-in program for middle school students.
If food will be provided (good idea) we recommend feeding the families after the show. Please avoid feeding them before or during the program.
The Act!vated Actors will encourage the students during the day time assembly program to bring their parents to school that evening for more act!vated stories!
If day time assemblies are scheduled in combination with a Family Night (highly recommended), different stories will be presented at each so that no one will see the same show twice.
Publicity Materials for school family nights are available online.
After School and Summer Programs
We'll keep the students entertained during after school programs or during summer school. We don't even have to tell them they are learning. It will be our secret!
Artist-in-Residency programs use the show as a springboard then the performer/artists visit classrooms to engage the students in writing, performing and various techniques used to put on a show.
We'd love to visit your school! Please visit the booking information page for rates or send a booking request to schedule a date or request more information. You can see what stories are currently available here. We are looking forward to helping you.
"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