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Resourceful Thinking through the Making of Primal Musical Instruments

Presented by: Abasi Ote

Description:

Musician Abasi Ote uses world music to teach the concept of resourceful thinking. Taken literally, resourceful thinking means the ability to identify and make use of human and natural resources that are plentiful in the world around us. His emphasis on resourceful thinking helps students appreciate that the environment itself is filled with resources waiting to be discovered. He demonstrates this by creating primal musical instruments from locally available woods, seed pods and found objects.

Mr. Ote explains how each instrument was made and decorated, fostering the sense of mastery and achievement gained by following a task through to completion. Students learn about rhythm, tone and range by hearing the instruments played. Mr. Ote illustrates how musical knowledge is preserved, shared and improved upon through learning by doing, with special attention to the oral traditions of African and indigenous Australian cultures.

Grade Level:

Grades: 3-5
Grades: 6-8

Curriculum Connections:

 Music
 Social Studies
 World Language
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Music

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

PA System,Stage,Easel or Dry-erase board.

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Presented by: Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre

Description:

Fee, Fie, Foe, Fun! This is the famous tale of young Jack, Milky White the cow, a magic beanstalk and Jack’s big adventure to Cloudland where Blunderbust the Giant lives. There’s treasure to be had but will Jack find it?

Master Puppeteer Jerry Bickel combines classic storytelling and irresistible music to make a great, fun-filled experience. Marionettes, big and small, perform together on stage and in this traditional Celtic puppet play.

This 45 minute performance and puppetry demonstration was adapted with young audiences in mind and is exceptionally good for early elementary ages.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2

Curriculum Connections:

 Visual Art
 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Puppetry
 Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

The theater sits up in a space 10' square and 8' tall. Performances are usually held in cafeterias, libraries, multipurpose rooms.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available October through February

Three Wishes on a Magic Fish

Presented by: Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre

Description:

A fisherman catches a magic fish in the Sea of Japan. In return for letting the fish go free, the fisherman is granted three magic wishes. The fisherman and his wife think they will always be happy once their wishes come true, but sometimes what we wish for is not what we need. When greed gets in the way, “once upon a time” might not lead to “happily ever after!”

Master Puppeteer Jerry Bickel performs with glove puppets based on traditional Japanese character masks. The 45 minute show includes performance and puppetry demonstration. This performance, adapted with young audiences in mind, integrates oral storytelling traditions, fairy tales and social studies.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Visual Art
 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Social Studies
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Puppetry
 Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

The theater sits up in a space 10' square and 8' tall. Performances are usually held in cafeterias, libraries, multipurpose rooms.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available May 16-31, 2016

A Musical Journey Through Florida

Presented by: Chris Kahl

Description:

Chris Kahl takes audiences on a Musical Journey Through Florida, highlighting the rich history and culture of the Sunshine State. This folk music presentation takes students on a historical journey through the state, featuring performances of original songs and stories, and covering a wealth of historical events, characters, and folklore.

Topics include Ponce de Leon’s voyage to Florida in 1513, the rise of Florida’s citrus industry, how railroads opened up Florida to tourism, and the Seminole tribe and their relationship to the Everglades eco-system and its species.

In addition to Florida history, Chris will cover his folk instruments (acoustic guitar and harmonica), his folk performing style, and his songwriting process. The presentation covers key aspects in the Florida Studies unit and is connected to the standards.

Grade Level:

Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Music
 Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Music

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Cafeteria, Media Center, Theater or Multi-purpose room for performance. Need projector and screen to display PowerPoint presentation.

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Learning Life Skills through Interactive Drumming

Presented by: Drum Magic

Description:

Drum Magic provides educational and interactive hand drumming for schools throughout the country. We bring authentic African hand drums, called Djembe’s, to your location and facilitate interactive, 30 minute, sessions of drumming for groups of 60-80 participants including teachers, students, and administrators. A full day in your school is educational, affordable, and filled with community building opportunities. This program will be the talk of the school for days following our visit. Drum Magic is suited for all school age children and adults.

A community drum circle in your school teaches the importance of teamwork, self-expression, and communication. You can expect much laughter and smiling as well as concentrated effort being made to belong in the rhythmic creation of the group. Besides being an excellent educational tool, the power of the drum can relax the tense, energize the tired, and heal the emotionally wounded. The hand drum has the extraordinary and consistent ability to create states of euphoria, promote play, release anger and promote feelings of community, unity and promote well-being.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5
Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

 Music
 Health Education
 Mathematics
 Physical Education
 Social Studies
 World Language
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Music

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Large Classroom or Multi-purpose room can be used or Media Centers and Cafeterias can be used. Although some schools have outdoor pavilions that are covered, Drum Magic only does outdoor drum circles in the winter months.

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Flamenco! The Dance and Music of Spain

Presented by: Esther Suarez and Victor Moreno

Description:

Explore the exciting music and dance traditions of Southern Spain! Esther Suarez and Victor Moreno will take your students on a journey through all the Andalucian provinces, filled with beautiful dances, vituoso Flamenco guitar solos and spectacular traditional costumes. In addition, the artists provide an explanation of the history and traditional of the culture.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5
Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

 Dance
 Music
 Social Studies
 World Language

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Music
 Dance

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Clear space with sufficient room for single dancer, wooden floor preferred, dressing room required.

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Write A Play- Ready, Set Write!

Presented by: Florida Studio Theatre

Description:

Geared to inspire your students to write their own plays and participate in our 2017 Young Playwrights Festival. As a model, professional actors will perform at least two award-winning plays written by young playwrights. The show also teaches playwriting basics by using improvisation and participatory learning tools to inspire writing. Included with the show are up to eight in-class workshops to get your students writing their own plays.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Theatre
 Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Theater
 Literary Arts

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Performance space, preferably with stage that can accommodate 250 students.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


Franzini Family Science Circus

Presented by: Franzini Family

Description:

The FRANZINI FAMILY SCIENCE CIRCUS featuring Professor Franzini and Lippo the Clown leads the audience through an action packed demonstration of Gravity, Inertia, Circular Motion, Air Pressure and Balance. All these scientific elements are dynamically demonstrated through clowning, juggling, magic and other circus skills. This fun-filled, fast-paced program promotes an understanding of science in clear and simple terms. Hula Hoops, Umbrellas, Balls, Cigar Boxes, Balloons and more are transformed into objects of scientific concern and fascination. An introduction to astronomy is shown through Lippo’s wild ride around the “rolling globe” as he puts the planets into orbit! Run Away with the Franzini Family to stimulate thought, interest and a better understanding of science for grades K through 5

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Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Theatre
 Mathematics
 Science

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Open, cleared space, 20' X20' minimum.

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Poetry Workshop

Presented by: Giddy Perez

Description:

What does the color blue sound like? How does it feel? In this hands-on, interactive poetry workshop, Giddy Perez challenges students to mix and match their five senses to generate visceral and effective imagery. The metaphor, a key tool in poetry, is brought to life through the study of Synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon in which a person’s senses become intertwined. Students will be given an image or topic (school bathrooms, grandma’s cooking, first day of summer) and be asked to associate it with all five senses. What does it feel like? What does it taste like? Simply by provoking their taste, touch, hearing, vision and smell, students will expand their understanding of description and create vivid, powerful poems in the process!

Grade Level:

Grades: K-12

Curriculum Connections:

 Language Arts
 Social and Emotional Learning
 Theatre
 Science
 Visual Art

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

White board or drawing board & markers

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Aesop's Fables

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

Description:

Perseverance… honesty… helping others, fables show us how to make good choices in life. Storyteller Katie Adams will exercise your imagination with her energetic performance and drawings of The Race of the Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse, The Boy who Cried Wolf, and more fables in this fun, storytelling show. This 45-minute show includes live illustrations, scenery, and audience participation.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Visual Art
 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

12' deep x 16' wide space. Electric outlet nearby. One hour to set up and a half hour to take down.

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Cracker Cinderella: an Old-Time Florida Fairy Tale – Puppet show

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

Description:

This musical version of Cinderella features handcrafted rod puppets, storytelling and audience participation.

Cracker Cinderella immerses the audience in Florida history and culture while telling the tale of Cinderella - with a twist! Will "Ella" make it to the spring dance to meet Jasper Fairfield, the cattle rancher's son? Through her own gumption and the help of her magical fairy godmother, Ella foils the plans of her mean stepmother, and lives happily ever after.

Every culture around the world has a version of Cinderella. With this Florida version, young audiences can see what makes this fairy tale unique and what makes it universal. This 45-minute show emphasizes perseverance.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Visual Art
 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Health Education
 Social Studies
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Puppetry
 Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

12' X 18' space with electric outlets nearby. Need to put the stage against a wall with no windows.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


Mariposa Martinez and More Tales from Latin America - a shadow puppet show

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

Description:

Buenos Dias! Storyteller and puppeteer Katie Adams performs stories from Latin America with a dash of Spanish words, a splash of colorful shadow puppets and audience participation.

The stories include: How Color Came to the World, an Aztec myth about the origin of the rainbow; The Proud Cuckoo Bird, a Mayan tale from Mexico which reveals how the Cuckoo lost her beautiful feathers; Mariposa Martinez, a favorite story from Cuba with advise about how to choose a husband; and Medio Pollito, a folktale from Spain that tells how the weather vane came to be.

This forty-five minute show emphasizes kindness, tolerance and helping others.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Visual Art
 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Health Education
 Social Studies
 World Language
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Puppetry
 Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

12' X 12' space with electric outlets nearby. Need to put the stage against a wall with no windows.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


Save the Rainforest: Salvar la Selva Tropical – a puppet show

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

Description:

Amazing, endangered animals of the Amazon Rainforest show us why we need to protect them. With over 15 colorful puppets in a lush jungle setting, puppeteer and storyteller Katie Adams evokes the delicate balance of the Rainforest ecology.

Inspired by the book The Great Kapok Tree by Lynn Cherry, this 45 minute immersive show features puppets, shadow puppets, some Spanish language and indigenous music with a message of animal and nature conservation.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Music
 Visual Art
 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Health Education
 Science
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Puppetry
 Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

15' X 15' space with electric outlets nearby. Need to put the stage against a wall with no windows.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available February through June only.

Star Stories: Greek Myths – a shadow puppet show

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

Description:

Look up! The night sky is full of star constellations. The ancient Greeks named the star constellations after their awesome myths and folktales. Katie Adams performs these myths with colorful shadow puppets, storytelling and audience participation. See the stories and the star constellations that go with them!

Stories include: Pandora’s Box; Perseus and Pegasus; Icarus; and Baucis and Philemon.

This 45 minute show will inspire young audiences to learn more about the stars and to read amazing Greek myths.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Visual Art
 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Health Education
 Science
 Social Studies
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Puppetry
 Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

12' X 12' space with electric outlets nearby. Need to put the stage against a wall with no windows.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


American Tall Tale Heroes

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

Description:

Step back in time to America's early days and hear tales from the legendary lives of Paul Bunyan, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett, and Pecos Bill. Katie Adams spins these tall tales entwined with old-time songs like "This Land is Your Land", "Home on the Range", and more. Young audiences will sing-a-long and thrill to the big, bold stories of America's mythical men and women of power and wonder.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Music
 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Health Education
 Social Studies
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

12' X12' space with electric outlets nearby.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


Animal Safari

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

Description:

Go on an adventure with Storyteller Katie Adams! Travel around the world and hear folk tales about animals that teach us life lessons. Katie’s animated storytelling show includes mime movement, a variety of rhythm instruments, a beautiful jungle backdrop and audience participation. Students especially enjoy participating with animal movements and sounds. The stories in this popular show are Anansi and his Six Sons, from Africa, Coyote and the Laughing Butterflies, from the southwest United States, Papagayo, from the Amazon rainforest, and The Crocodile’s Tale, from the Philippines. 45 minutes.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Music
 Visual Art
 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Health Education
 Social Studies
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

12' X12" spacewith electric outlets nearby.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


Enchanted Kingdom: Classic Fairy Tales

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

Description:

Classic Fairy Tales with Interactive Audience Fun! Hats for sale! Traveling hat seller and storyteller Katie Adams pulls in a wooden wagon full of old, new and quite curious hats. She brings up audience members to wear the hats and help with the stories in this colorful adaptation of classic fairy tales. Singing, rhythm instruments and mime round out this 45-minute show. Stories include The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Princess and the Pea, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Health Education
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

12' X12' space with electric outlets nearby.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


Florida Folk Tales

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

Description:

The backwoods of old Florida meander through your mind's eye as Katie Adams tells stories from Florida's cracker heritage. A raccoon that makes wishes come true...A young fool who makes the cattle rancher's daughter laugh...A one-eyed fish that saves an old woman from robbers. These characters and more inhabit the captivating, humorous tales from Florida's folklore. Props, costumes, audience participation, and singing add color to these "gator tales."

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Music
 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Health Education
 Social Studies
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

12' X12" space with electric outlets nearby.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


Stories from the Sea

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

Description:

Splash into aquatic fun with storyteller Katie Adams. Get your toes wet and participate with these folk tales from around the world: the hilarious Alligator and Hen, Dolphins and Shark, Bimwilli and the Zimwe, and Why the Sun and the Moon live in the Sky. These stories were originally performed at the Florida Aquarium. With colorful props, a beachscape background, and audience participation, this forty-five minute show is sure to be a refreshing dive into the imagination.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Music
 Visual Art
 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Health Education
 Social Studies
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

12' X12" space with electric outlets nearby.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


Winter Holiday Tales

Presented by: Katie Adams Make Believe Theater

Description:

Presents from far-away countries have arrived just for you! With each present, storyteller Katie Adams unwraps a toy that introduces a holiday tale. The stories include The Little Snow Girl, a Russian version of Frosty the Snow Man, The Magic Pomegranate, a Jewish adventure story about the true meaning of giving, and The Shoemaker and the Elves, a tale from old England about elves who help a poor shoemaker and his wife. Katie performs these multi-cultural stories with props, costume pieces and audience participation.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Health Education
 Social Studies
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

12' X12' space with electric outlets nearby.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


Classics Alive!

Presented by: Kaye Byrnes Storytelling

Description:

For middle and high school students, this program brings literature to life. Encompassing the short stories of O’Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain and others, the dramatic presentation in spoken word offers a different and captivating perspective. Adapted to a contemporary style while retaining the author’s literary voice, the stories are carefully selected for appeal to an adolescent audience. Background information on the author and story expands context and understanding. Struggling, disinterested readers find themselves engaged. Proficient readers experience the stories in a new and informed way. Program is tailored to a single class period in length. Can be delivered to any size audience, multiple grade levels.

Grade Level:

Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

 Theatre
 Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Requires enough space to comfortably seat the number of students attending, single classroom to auditorium. Wireless or stand microphone.

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Genre Jive

Presented by: Kaye Byrnes Storytelling

Description:

Customized by grade level, this program presents stories from an array of genre. The concept of genre is introduced and fairytales, folktales, myths, tall tales, and legends are offered as distinct pieces of the “story pie.” Students are encouraged to sample many in order to identify their favorites, setting the stage for life-long reading for pleasure.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Theatre
 Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Requires enough space to comfortably seat the number of students attending, single classroom to auditorium. Wireless or stand microphone.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


It Pays To Be Good

Presented by: Kaye Byrnes Storytelling

Description:

Character education is required in all K-12 public schools and this program utilizes the power of storytelling to express the value of good character. Qualities such as kindness, fairness, responsibility and honesty are highlighted through the choices of characters in carefully chosen tales. Every day offers an opportunity to make choices and choices have consequences, so choose carefully!

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Health Education
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Requires enough space to comfortably seat the number of students attending, single classroom to auditorium. Wireless or stand microphone.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


Listen, Learn, Write

Presented by: Kaye Byrnes Storytelling

Description:

This interactive session focuses on four key elements of strong narrative writing: Focus, Organization, Supporting Detail and Effective Language. An original personal experience story, similar to a classroom prompt, sets the stage for exploring what makes a good story so good. An interactive PowerPoint presentation follows, inviting students to participate in identifying how the elements of good narrative writing were incorporated into the tale. It is fun and simple, enabling students to easily remember the recipe for their next writing assignment.

Grade Level:

Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Theatre
 Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Requires enough space to comfortably seat the number of students attending. PowerPoint component requires a projector and screen. Can utilize performer's or school laptop. Wireless microphone preferred (but not required) as there is considerable audience interaction.

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Reading With My Ears!

Presented by: Kaye Byrnes Storytelling

Description:

With stories chosen from the typical elementary library and customized by grade level, students are invited to experience the tales solely through their ears and imagination. Storytelling brings a dramatic element that encourages creative thinking, visualization and kinesthetic reaction. Engaging the imagination through the oral tradition allows students to sense the power of language and narrative. Struggling readers can grasp the pleasure within a story and proficient readers expand their connection to written text. Students are encouraged to use their imagination fully when reading with their eyes. Media Specialists report a “run” on the books used in the program as students pursue that goal.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Theatre
 Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Requires enough space to comfortably seat the number of students attending, single classroom to auditorium. Wireless or stand microphone.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


Stories from Around the World

Presented by: Kaye Byrnes Storytelling

Description:

Stories are universal, connecting people around the globe. This program strives to communicate the place of story in a diversity of cultures, introducing the interconnectedness and commonality of people. Each story is presented in the context of its originating culture.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Requires enough space to comfortably seat the number of students attending, single classroom to auditorium. Wireless or stand microphone.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


Origami Tales

Presented by: Kuniko Yamamoto

Description:

Welcome to the infinite world of Origami! In Japanese, ori- means "to fold" and -gami means "paper". Using origami, music and audience participation, storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto provides a magical entry into Japanese culture and the art of simplicity. In her new show "Origami Tales", mythological character masks & puppets, amazing flowers and a dragon--all made from origami--set the stage while Kuniko shares heartfelt stories from ancient Japan.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5
Grades: 6-8

Curriculum Connections:

 Visual Art
 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Mathematics
 Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Theater
 Visual Arts

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

School-provided sound system

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


A Journey to Africa

Presented by: Kuumba Dancers and Drummers

Description:

Join Kuumba Dancers and Drummers on a cultural journey to the continent of Africa, filled with lively rhythms, mesmerizing dance movements and colorful costumes. Kuumba offers an interactive experience which includes singing, dancing and hands-on experiences with a variety of African instruments.

Kuumba Dancers & Drummers have provided an insightful display of traditional African music and dance for Hillsborough County schools and surrounding areas for more than 25 years.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5
Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

 Dance
 Music
 Language Arts
 Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Music
 Dance

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Stage, multi-purpose room, 2 microphones, changing area and 3 armless chairs

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available January through June 2016

Enchanted Story Theatre

Presented by: Mary J. Kelly

Description:

Once upon a time there was - or there was not? Welcome to the world of storytelling. Storytelling is one of humanity’s oldest art forms of communication and educational methods. Mary repertoire includes folk and fairy tales, personal and fictional stories from the world around us. She brings her characters to life through voice, movement and audience participation. Mary’s stories are about familiar friends in near and faraway places, Grandmother Oak tells Woody stories, Brer Rabbit finds trouble, a goat and tiger become best of friends, and many more fascinating characters. These stories play a very real part in our shared journey to explore our world, to discover the story from within and to just have fun.

Storytelling is called “theatre of the mind” and Mary’s goal is to engage student’s imagination as they listen and become co-creators of the story. Mary’s performance is designed as an enhancement to the State Standards in language arts, theater, math and science.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2

Curriculum Connections:

 Theatre
 Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

School-provided sound system

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


Midnight Train: Harriet Tubman Conductor on the Underground Railroad

Presented by: Mary J. Kelly

Description:

Harriet Tubman Conductor on the Underground Railroad was written by Mary J. Kelly. Mary portrays Harriet Tubman during her years as a slave, her journey to freedom and her endeavors to help others flee northward. Harriet Tubman is well known for her 19 trips down South along the secret route known as the Underground Railroad to save over 300 other Africans from the brutality of slavery.

The struggle for the Africans from slavery to freedom was long and costly in terms of human suffering. Still today, this struggle stirs up harsh memories of racial injustice. Mary states, “I felt called to put my energy into writing a script to inspire audiences to learn about and rethink the issue of slavery. Mary’s portrayal of Harriet incorporates a storytelling style utilizing characterization, song, movement and audience participation that create a realistic view of being enslaved. Harriet’s story is one of triumph and survival under the harshest conditions one can imagine.

Grade Level:

Grades: 6-8

Curriculum Connections:

 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

School-provided sound system

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


Tattle-Tales Story Theatre

Presented by: Mary J. Kelly

Description:

Welcome to the world of storytelling. Storytelling is one of humanity’s oldest forms of communication and educational methods. Mary’s repertoire includes folk and tall tales, historical, personal and fictional stories from the world around us. She brings her characters to life through voice, movement and audience participation. Mary’s stories are about familiar friends in near and faraway places, Brer Rabbit finds trouble, Wiley tricks the Hairy Man, tall tales about John Henry and Annie Christmas and many more fascinating characters. These stories play a very real part in our shared journey to explore our world, to discover the story from within and to just have fun.

Storytelling is called “theatre of the mind” and Mary’s goal is to engage student’s imagination as they listen and become co-creators of the story. Mary’s performance is designed as an enhancement to the State Standards language arts and theater.

Grade Level:

Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Theatre
 Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

School-provided sound system

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


The Mime Show

Presented by: Michael Quigley

Description:

Mime is a universal art form that can be appreciated by all because the communication is essentially non-verbal. The goal of this program is for the audience to understand more about the use of gestures and non-verbal communication, gain more information about the art of mime, and recognize the amount of practice it takes to develop the coordination skills needed to perform mime. Utilizing music, sound effects, props, masks, gestures and illusions, Mr. Quigley creates a variety of imaginary objects, characters, and situations. His performance includes a verbal description of the art of mime and an explanation of how both students and teachers use non-verbal communication and gestures in everyday life. This is followed by a demonstration of mime techniques and a performance of selected mime pieces. Students and teachers will also get to practice mime and movement techniques and participate in various mime exercises.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5
Grades: 6-8

Curriculum Connections:

 Dance
 Theatre
 Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

A clean lighted space 10'X12' and a microphone on a stand.

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Dancing Verbs, Adverbs and Similes

Presented by: Moving Current Dance Collective

Description:

Welcome to a fun loving and interactive performance that creates dance right in front of your eyes. Or at least first drafts of them! This performance looks at dance from the inside. Children choose verbs, adverbs and similes out of a hat and the dancers bring the action words to life through movement and music. The words come alive, right in front of their eyes! These brief dances link the three elements together through a pre-structured outline, resulting in funny and sometimes outrageous combinations. Illustrating verbs, adverbs and similes with movement creates a unique visual, expressive, and memorable experience.

In- Classroom Workshops connected to this performance - Dancing at Your Desk - These short, 20 to 30 minute workshops are conducted in classrooms for grade levels K- 5. They are designed to empower students and teachers to use movement as a learning tool and will link movement to language arts, exploring verbs and adverbs, engaging students in imaginative thinking and kinesthetic learning, all without leaving their desk.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Dance
 Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Dance

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Available November 30 through December 18, February 1-26 and May 9-13 and 23-28.

Drum Sermons

Presented by: Orisirisi African Folklore

Description:

Drum Sermons is a joyous celebration of music that recounts its origin and makes clear how it came to live in our hearts. This informative yet entertaining African adventure is inclusive of stories from the far corners of the African continent, spirited drumming, dance, and song, hand drumming instruction, an introduction to some of Africa’s most popular instruments, with a healthy dose of the obligatory African tradition of audience participation.

Grade Level:

Grades: K-12

Curriculum Connections:

 Dance
 Music
 Visual Art
 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Physical Education
 Science
 Social Studies
 World Language
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Music
 Dance

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Interior space that is ideally intimate

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


Moonlight Stories

Presented by: Orisirisi African Folklore

Description:

Moonlight Stories is a child-centered recreation of the African storytelling tradition, inclusive of mesmerizing African drumming and dance, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation.  Though child-centered this engaging theatrical production appeals to the child’s-heart in everyone, the audience will meet Dog and Turtle, The Wolf and The Three Kids, Anansi and His Six Sons and many, many more unforgettable characters, as Orisirisi spends yarns that none one will soon forget!

Grade Level:

Grades: K-12

Curriculum Connections:

 Language Arts
 Theatre
 Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Interior space that is ideally intimate. A sound system with two microphones on stands.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:


Bullyproof The Musical

Presented by: Play’N Around Theatre Company

Description:

When Penelope Jane hears the Ely Shoemaker, the biggest bully at Pleasantville Elementary has bullied her best friend Bernadette Bernstein, she just knows she has to come up with a way to stop him from doing it again. But what can she do? Join Penelope Jane and her friends Bernadette, Eugene and Mr. Frickle as they learn that to BULLYPROOF yourself you must first take a S.T.A.N.D.

BULYPROOF THE MUSICAL deals with issues such as: bullying, cyberbullying, physical violence and inappropriate behavior.

Every show includes an original 45 minute live, educational musical presentation - question and answer segment - meet and greet with the cast - study guides - and activity books filled with fun games and activities that relate to the educational content in the show.


Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Dance
 Music
 Theatre
 Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

The theater set sits up in a space 12' square and 8' tall. Performances are usually held in cafeterias, libraries, multipurpose rooms. Access to a power outlet for our sound system is required.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

January - December 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk

Presented by: Play’N Around Theatre Company

Description:

Enjoy this classic tale about a boy named Jack who trades his cow Betsy for magic beans. This original musical comedy shows us the importance of never giving up. This fabulous original musical comedy is filled with singing, dancing and audience participation that is sure to delight any audience. Lesson include DON’T GIVE UP and STEALING IS WRONG.

Every show includes an original 45 minute live, educational musical presentation - question and answer segment - meet and greet with the cast - study guides - and activity books filled with fun games and activities that relate to the educational content in the show.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Dance
 Music
 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Social Studies
 World Language

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

The theater set sits up in a space 12' square and 8' tall. Performances are usually held in cafeterias, libraries, multipurpose rooms. Access to a power outlet for our sound system is required.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

January – March & May - August

Peter Rabbit and Friends

Presented by: Play’N Around Theatre Company

Description:

Spring is in the air and Peter Rabbit is in Mr. McGregor’s garden. this mischievous little rabbit is going to have to learn a lesson or two. Find out what happens when Peter and his brother Cottontail hop into trouble and into our hearts.

Shows are filled with singing, dancing and audience participation.

Every show includes, an original 45 minute, live, educational musical presentation - question and answer segment - meet and greet with the cast - study guides - and activity books filled with fun games and activities that relate to the educational content in the show.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Dance
 Music
 Theatre
 Language Arts

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

The theater set sits up in a space 12' square and 8' tall. Performances are usually held in cafeterias, libraries, multipurpose rooms. Access to a power outlet for our sound system is required.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

March - May 2017

African American Greats

Presented by: Stageworks Theatre Company

Description:

This program features two professional actors who will perform monologues as five notables of African American History: Mary McLeod Bethune, Dr. Charles Drew, Madam C.J. Walker, Jackie Robinson and Rosa Parks. These exceptional individuals struggled to overcome prejudice and racial barriers to excel in their chosen fields: education (McLeod Bethune), science and research (Drew), business and philanthropy (Walker), and sports (Robinson), as well as using their talents to break color barriers and advance civil rights (Parks) After the program, there will be a “talk back” during which the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their reactions with the actors.

Grade Level:

Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

 Language Arts
 Social Studies
 Theatre

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Needs 1 small table the size of a desk, a chair, access to electricity. If available, approx. 20’ X 30’ space, sound equipment & lighting (lit from center stage).

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Starts Feb. 12

Rumplestiltskin

Presented by: Stevens Puppets

Description:

Rumplestiltskin is a fast paced, action filled, rhyming rendition of the classic tale, following the Miller as he weaves a web of lies to convince the King that his daughter can spin straw into gold!  Enter the outrageously outspoken and never happy villain, Rumplestiltskin, whose preposterous demands create even more mayhem in the land of Stiltskin.  Top it off with a famous, ground-breaking marionette that “flies to pieces” right before your eyes. Couple that with the Stevens Puppets touch of humor and authenticity and you get one of the most highly rated, happily pleasing programs ever!

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Music
 Visual Art
 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Social Studies
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Puppetry
 Music

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Our full stage “footprint” is 12ft wide/8ft tall/6ft deep. Our stage dimensions are very versatile and fits in almost any room.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year round. Several dates still available in February, March, and April 2017

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Presented by: Stevens Puppets

Description:

In this silly and non scary version of Washington Irving’s classic piece of literature, children of all ages will follow the lanky school master, Ichabod Crane, as he sings, dances, and falls in love with a giggly, Katrina Van Tassel.  Audiences watch breathless as Katrina’s father, Baltus, and the village goof ball, Brom Bones, try to run Ichabod out of town by telling him the tale of . . . The Headless Horseman.  Stevens Puppets bring this ever-popular classic tale delightfully to life with beautiful wooden marionettes. The entire production is underscored by classical music and a fun time is had by all!  Adapted for marionettes by Martin Stevens and Daniel Raynor.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Music
 Visual Art
 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Social Studies
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Music
 Puppetry

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Our full stage “footprint” is 12ft wide/8ft tall/6ft deep. Our stage dimensions are very versatile and fits in almost any room.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year round. Several dates still available in February, March, and April 2017

The Sleeping Beauty

Presented by: Stevens Puppets

Description:

Hand carved, beautifully costumed marionettes enact the play with the help of skilled manipulators.  Specially painted scenes and furnishings in correct proportion create the magic effect that causes you to say of the marionettes, “They are so lifelike.”  Accented by Tchaikovsky’s music, the dramatic and humorous script by Peabody Award winner Martin Stevens, and the gorgeous costumes by the internationally acclaimed Margie, make this familiar tale live again, delightfully.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5

Curriculum Connections:

 Music
 Visual Art
 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Social Studies
 Social and Emotional Learning

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Music
 Puppetry

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

Our full stage “footprint” is 12ft wide/8ft tall/6ft deep. Our stage dimensions are very versatile and fits in almost any room.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Year round. Several dates still available in February, March, and April 2017

Initiating Reading, Writing, and Speaking Through Storytelling

Presented by: Tamara Green

Description:

Tamara Green is an award winning storyteller, author, and poet. Each storytelling presentation will allow teachers an opportunity to ask relevant questions that relate to key ideas and details such as the main idea and specific themes. Students will be able to make comparisons and contrasts between characters in multiple stories. As a storyteller, teaching artist, and story coach, she has a flair for telling personal tales, folktales, Florida Tales, African Tales, and a brand of stories she calls Citified Urban Tales which are stories that are true and some that appear to be true in the neighborhood, on the front porch, and right after dinner just before you close your eyes. As a workshop presenter, Tamara designs lessons that allow students to see the explicit correlation between reading a story and writing their own personal stories. Her workshops are designed to inspire students to find a story and tell that story to friends, to family and to any captive audience.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5
Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

 Theatre
 Language Arts
 Social Studies

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Storytelling
 Theater

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

At least a 5 x 5 foot space on a stage or a floor.

Additional information regarding date restrictions:

Limited availability during the month of February.

Learning about Japanese Culture with Tampa Taiko

Presented by: Tampa Taiko Japanese Drumming Ensemble

Description:

Tampa Taiko entertains and educates audiences with an exciting traditional presentation of an ancient Japanese art form. Taiko is the Japanese word for drum. Feel Japanese history and culture come alive with the big drums on stage in a theater, gymnasium, band room, cafeteria, classroom, or most any other venue of your choice. This program can be held as an assembly for large audiences, or as a hands-on interactive workshop that is tailored for the performance space, for various ages and ability levels.

Grade Level:

Grades: Pk-2
Grades: 3-5
Grades: 6-8
Grades: 9-12

Curriculum Connections:

 Music
 Social Studies
 World Language

Study Guide:


Artistic Genre:

 Music

Additional information regarding performance space requirements:

This program may be held in a space as small as a classroom or as large as a cafeteria/auditorium.

Additional information regarding date restrictions: