Doorstep Theatre for these Physically Distancing Times
Staying at home for a while? There's no reason you and your family can't enjoy the benefits of live theatre. And you don't have to turn on the TV or go online to do it – you can have live children’s theatre delivered to your doorstep.
For the past 31 years, Act!vated Story Theatre has presented entertaining and educational performances at schools, libraries and museums all over the nation. Now, with these venues closed down indefinitely, we will bring the magic of theatre directly to your front yard.
Our productions are not just storytelling; we act out multicultural folktales with props, costumes, sign language, music and dance, and audience participation. (There's a good reason we're called “Act!vated”.) We have performed for audiences of 5 to 2600, in facilities ranging from tiny libraries, preschool and elementary schools to major theatres and auditoriums. Yes, we currently are staying at home too. But fortunately, our home is on wheels, so we can bring our home, and our stage, to your home.
Bring Act!vated Story Theatre
to your family
We will drive our RV pulling a trailer full of props and costumes directly to your house or other appropriate private site, and perform for you in your front yard, cul de sac or other suitable spot; and you and your family can enjoy the show from a safe distance and comfortable location. We will bring everything we need – just make a donation via PayPal to keep our efforts going, and presto, you will immediately have the best seats in the house without leaving your house.
Let's turn your safe-at-home time into a fun and educational experience that you and your kids will remember and treasure for years.
Story Options include two age appropriate tales from Star-Studded Stories.
Two stories in every 45 minute show.
- Coyote and the Eagle (Zuni): especially for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, this comic Native American fable relates how the moon came to be, thanks to a quarrelsome pair of animals who must learn teamwork in order to rescue the stolen sun. Features student volunteers, cast on the spot, as kachinas. (listen to the story)
- Hina Moves to the Moon (Polynesian): a Hawaiian origin myth about a phenomenal seamstress who takes her skill to the moon to escape her unhappy life on earth. Begins with a ukulele and hula with spinning poi balls intro to launch the story. (listen to story)
- The Egyptian Cinderella (Egyptian): the most universal story of them all, Cinderella appears in some form in almost every country and culture in the world. This version from Egypt is apparently the oldest, and may be inspired by true events. A prince who is destined to become Pharaoh must marry a suitable queen to save the kingdom from his daffy uncle. With the help of a falcon who is a messenger from the sun god Horus and his wise advisor he meets his unassuming bride. (listen to the story)
- The Tortoise and the Hare (Greek): a rather vaudevillian take on Aesop's classic fable, our narrative has the hammy hare wanting to be the star of the show, but he is upstaged by the patient and persistent tortoise. Wear green or grey and cheer the racers on. (listen to the story)
Currently only available in Reno, NV and surrounding areas through May 2020.
Dive into the collection of stories adapted from the stage productions. Read them aloud with your children and let them explore the interactive pages.
We get a kick out of connecting with our audience. Feel free to follow us on any or all of the social media outlets. We strive to provide fresh content on each.
- Stay in the loop on Facebook, check our upcoming events to RSVP and sign up kids who want to be in the show.
- Sign Language Storytime every Sunday on YouTube
- Daily updates and Act!vated news on Twitter
- Tour photos and crazy behind the scened pictures on Instagram
- Daily informal behind the scenes clips on SnapChat of what life on the road as a touring actor is really like
Pass it on
If the show made you and your kids giggle, made you ponder, gave you a new perspective or even inspired a theatrical presentation in your living room. Then congratulations, you have been act!vated! Here is how you can help act!vate others and make more friends:
- Let your child's school know that we do educational shows for school assemblies, after school programs and family nights.
- Tweet! Let your twitter followers know what you thought about the stories. Point them to something you like on our web site.
- Do you write a blog that is read by other parents? Coming up with new content for your readers can be a challenge. Or perhaps you can offer to write a guest post on for a blog that you love. Check the Media Center for background information or grab a Press Release for one of our upcoming public performances to share with your tribe. Or Email us if you are looking for guest bloggers.
- Tell your local library that they can get Act!vated. Share our web address with your favorite children's librarian.
- Read a folktale you like? Share it on Pinterest.
- Rate and review Act!vated Stories podcast on iTunes or whatever app you use to listent to podcasts with. It only takes a second and helps others find the free stories to share with their kids.
- Get your Act!vated CDs on CD Baby. Your reviews are welcome and greatly appreciated there too.
We are a small operation with big goals and dreams of making high quality theatre accessible to all. If you are passionate about inspiring children to read and explore theatre arts you can help. Your donations will help us reach more underprivileged children. All donations are tax deductable and we guarantee that 100% goes towards bringing theatre to children in underserved communities. Please consider giving what you can. Anything helps.
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L'Eau Theque Productions is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation