As revealed in the earliest recorded history, theater reflects the time and place of its origins. The creations of theatre artists come from perceptions of nature, from relationships and interactions with others, and from the artists’ inner selves. Through storytelling and other oral traditions, cultures define themselves and educate their members down through the ages. Theater gives voice to culture. Theater unifies groups, expresses important knowledge, reinforces group values, strengthens the individual and commemorates events, while it provides a powerful multi-sensory mirror that reflects social issues, challenges and accomplishments.(California State Framework for the Visual and Performing Arts)

Classroom Sessions

Puppetry

Puppet Story Themed Aprons – 5 choices
Students choose from the magical pockets of one of Jennifer’s famous aprons. They can journey to the world of castles and knights, select the Fairytale Castle and let the aprons’ characters bring to life several of our most beloved tales and nursery rhymes. Enhance curriculum and learn more about birds, insects and fairies (The Garden Story), California native species of forest and pond inhabitants (The Oak Tree Story), ocean creatures living along California seashore and tide pools (The Ocean Story) or farm animals and farming in the Barnyard Farm Story.

Jennifer Aguirre

K-2 / 40 students / 40 min / $70

Contact:
209-532-5098
aacorngarden@gmail.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS

 


Storytelling

Stories From Around The World
Select from Rain Forest Stories, new stories about the animals and peoples of the rain forest; Celtic Celebration (Ireland, Scotland, Wales), From the Four Corners (family of mans diverse cultures), Hare Raising Cotton Tales (“trickster rabbit”, including some African), Peace Tales (tolerance, respect, cooperation), Starlight, Star Bright (the skies, including some Native American), or What’s Fair is Fair Gustice, fairness) for grades K-12; It’s All Greek to Me (ancient Greece, Rome) for grades 6-12; or All the World’s a Stage (Chaucer and Shakespeare performed in period costume) for grades 7-12.

Cynthia Restivo

age varies / 60 students max / 30-60 min / $50

Contact:
209-533-8624
restivo@mlode.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


American History
Select from Immigrant Voices (stories of the immigrant experience) or Gold Mountain (folktales of the immigrants) for grades 3-12; 1492 (Columbus’ time on both sides of the Atlantic), 1776 (Colonial America), or Eureka! (California Gold Rush) for grades 4-12; Voices of the Voiceless (the early labor movement) for grades 7-12; Underground Railroad or “Stepping Over the Line” (harrowing stories of tremendous courage as people broke the chains of slavery link by link) for grades 4-12; or Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? stories from the Depression era for grades 7-12.

Cynthia Restivo

age varies / 60 students max / 30-60 min / $50

Contact:
209-533-8624
restivo@mlode.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Special Stories and Tales
Select from Pumpkins, Apples &: Acorns (autumn and East Indian or Halloween), Gobble Gab (autumn, Thanksgiving & Native American), or Winter Jubilee (winter traditions and holidays) for grades K-6; or Stories of the Seasons (series for each season), Tough Girls Tales (girls as heroes), Whether the Weather is Fair or Not (weather), Our Five Senses (how our senses help us) for grades K-5, or Do It Yourself Stories (maximum 30 students and Cynthia team up to create and tell imaginative tales together) for grades K-12.

Cynthia Restivo

age varies / 60 students max / 30-60 min / $50

Contact:
209-533-8624
restivo@mlode.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Shadow Puppet Activity

This activity teaches children about an ancient art form of storytelling, that is popular in many countries such as; France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Greece, China and Cambodia to name a few.  Students are given a die cut character to color with chalk.  The teacher will talk to students about making their character move and cutting their character in three parts so they can make the puppet move.  It will be a group discussion so students can make suggestions on where to cut the puppets.  Once the group has decided where the best places would be to cut, students will cut and assemble their puppets.  Narrators will be chosen and once they start reading the story, puppet characters will be asked to go behind the hanging sheet and in front of the lamp so that their puppets cast a shadow.  One by one the characters will enter and exit behind the sheet (stage).  They will learn stage terminology and etiquette.  Once everyone has had a turn to be a part of the story. We will run it again without any stops and perform.  A student who does not want to perform can volunteer to hold the Flipshare camera and record our shadow puppet performance.  There is an example of this activity from the Gold Rush School at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exYEdydjdzc

Diana Sanders

Shadow Puppetry – History and construction of shadow puppets, performance and
video. 1st – 8th grades,  1 hour

Class size – up to 25.   1st – 8th grades
$2.50 for materials per child
$40.00 for the first class – $20.00 for the second class $10.00 for the third, $10.00-4th.
40 minutes to 1 hour per class – no more than 4 classes in one day.

Scripts to choose from: The Wind and the Whale, The Chinese History on Dragons –( good for Jan-Feb as a Chinese New Year activity), and Peter and the Wolf.

Contact:

209-288-8163.

director@learningwithcrafts.com


Performances / Assemblies

Storytelling

Grades K-2

“Fairy Tale Fantasies” Stories to Build Understanding, Context & A Sense of Story Structure
Designed for primary-age students. With at least 3 dynamic stories, the program will include audience participation and a good mid-way stretch.

Grades 3-5

“Who Told Stories First?” Traaditional Folklore of the Indigenous People of the World
Designed for middle graders. With up to 4 stories, the program will include geographic and historic context, plus ample opportunities for audience participation.

Grades 6-8

“Whatcha Gonna Do About It?” Folktales and Personal Stories that Push Us to Question and to Build a Better World
Designed for Middle School age students with up to 4 stories that promote social awareness, good decision making processes and building a personal ethic of fairness and responsibility.

All Grades Together or an Evening of Family Stories “Story Bag”
Since many schools enjoy bringing families together for school community events, this program is designed to engage a wide range of interests, experiences and needs.

B.Z.Smith / Assembly Fee: $150

Contact:
209-532-7697; 209-559-7692
bzsmith@me.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Masks and Movement
A Mask hides – a Mask reveals! Performance artist Dianna Craig presents a short piece that demonstrates how movement has the power to breathe life into a mask, and how a mask leads the audience on a journey into delight and imagination. She will then introduce the audience to masks from her collection and lead students through a few group activities to experience basic elements of “mask movement,” such as balance and concentration, self-expression, and confidence.

Dianna Craig

K-6/ capacity / 60 min / $250 (includes travel)

Contact:
530-753-8435
dedecraig@yahoo.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Tuolumne County Family Story
The fictional character, George Chance, brings Tuolumne County history to life with a multi-media presentation. This program describes five generations of a local family, from the Gold Rush to Modern Day. Projected historical photos illustrate the past while original songs and storytelling take the audience there and back. The stories, music and illustrations combine to create a sense of history, family and place-all told with a sense of humor!

Mark Stoltenberg

4-12 / no limit students / 40 min + Q&A time / $225 or 2 for $400

Contact:
209-928-3436; 768-3441
stoltenberg@mlode.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Music and Storytelling
Traditional American folk songs and stories from around the world are offered in a lively oral tradition. All the songs and movement activities are participatory and interactive, with emphasis on building listening skills, improving sensorymotor integration and rhythm, building attention capacities, exploring feelings, and having fun in the process. All songs and stories are age and developmentally appropriate and, when possible, related to the season. Please let Bill know in advance what the children are working on so he can shape the material to augment and enhance their lessons.

Bill Roberson

Preschool-4 / 60-300 students / 50-60 min / $250

Contact:
209-533-9317
mccoolson@mlode.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Residencies

Cooperative Improv
Combining lessons in music, dance and theatre, students will learn the skills and habits of collaboration in the creation of improvised pieces.

Cynthia Restivo

2-4/ 30 students / 45 min; 4-8 sessions needed/ $40/ session

Contact:
209-533-8624
restivo@mlode.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Character Study
Focus on character analysis. development and performance. Characters motivations and objectives will be examined asthey translate into performance.

Cynthia Restivo

4-5/ 30 students / 45 min; 4-8 sessions needed/ $40/ session

Contact:
209-533-8624
restivo@mlode.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Playwriting
Utilizing traditional motifs, students will create group plays for performance exploring ancient civilizations studied in history and social studies lessons.

Cynthia Restivo

6-7/ 30 students / 45 min; 4-8 sessions needed/ $40/ session

Contact:
209-533-8624
restivo@mlode.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


All the World’s a Stage: Intro to Shakespeare
A performers approach to Shakespeare. Using whole body engagement, students will each develop and present a monologue from a Shakespeare play Focus is on analysis of text, character and imagery.

Cynthia Restivo

8-12/ 30 students / 45 min; 4-8 sessions needed/ $40/ session

Contact:
209-533-8624
restivo@mlode.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS