Solo Storyteller Shows
Storytellers for school assemblies, classrooms, library reading programs, museum events, bookstores, school family nights and the like.
Solo teller shows feature one of the Act!vated Actors. Stories are told with minimal props, sets and costumes.
- Solo Show Length: 45 minutes
- Ages: Toddler to Middle School and Family Audiences
American Wonder Tales
Solo Teller Dennis Goza presents three stories representing multicultural America.
Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, this legendary frontiersman was not only a hero who died at the Alamo, but also a legendary storyteller who kept his colleagues in Congress entertained with his lively retelling of the backwoods whoppers he collected -- making himself the main character, of course. Davy outwits critters, frees the sun when it becomes frozen, and courts his future bride, who is equally colorful.
A Native American nature myth from the Seneca tribe of New York, that not only gives a fanciful account of how a spectacular natural wonder came to be, but also spins a cautionary tale about respecting the treasures of nature. A teenage girl runs away from her abusive father, who cares about nothing but riches, and seeks refuge in the cave of the Water Spirit, leading to an epic showdown between the Spirit and the father.
The Knee-High Man
An African-American fable from Alabama about self-esteem. A very short man grows tired of being teased for his size, and asks the barnyard animals how to grow bigger. But his real problem (other than hearing animals talk) is that he doesn't appreciate his own unique talents, a lesson he learns by trying out their inappropriate advice with hilarious results.
Solo Teller Kimberly Goza presents three classic stories which maximize audience involvement.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The audience learns American Sign Language as they help tell the story of the little girl, who invites herself into the bears' house, dines on their food, sits on their chairs and sleeps on their beds. With only three chairs Kimberly captivates the audience, even those who have heard the story time and time again.
The tale of a simpleton from Russia starring the audience. Eager volunteers are invited to the stage to play characters in the story. They shine as they learn physical comedy to help bring to life the story of the boy who just can't seem to apply his mother's advice to the appropriate situation.
The original Cinderella story - this one may even be true! Set to music and incorporating dance. Rhodopis was a slave girl from Greece who was kidnapped and brought to serve Pharaoh Amasis in Egypt. She worked in the fields until one day when she caught the eye of the Pharaoh.
Yes, we sign!
American Sign Language
in every show
I do want to thank you for putting on your usual excellent show - the kids and their parents loved it, I loved it. I've seen a few of the kids since Wednesday and they were so tickled to be able to "act." Each of them told me all over again each of the parts they played.
~Stephanie A. Zaslav Manager, Youth Services Rio Rancho Public Library
At the end of library performances the performers encourage the audience to find and check out books related to the stories.