Performed on a small set, these 30-minute shows are built to fit a 10’x10’ area. Young audiences will have a magical time as one of our world-class puppeteers engages the audience to interact, sing, and play along with the action.
Length: 45 minutes (30 Minutes of performance time plus 15 minutes of pre and post show talks and demonstrations)
Audience Size: Up to 150
Price: $200 – $400, Price dependent upon venue and travel distance. Discounts for block booking, Title 1 Schools, and pre-arranged over night accommodations.
Puppet making workshops and activity sheets available upon request.
To schedule a performance, contact: Kelly Campbell, Education and Outreach Manager, email@example.com 503-248-0557, Ext. 103
The Mantis and the Moon
A San Folk Tale from Southern Africa
From “Nelson Mendela’s Favorite African Folk Tales”
Adapted by Jonathan Owicki
The proud praying mantis declares he will capture the moon and ride on top of it, so he can look down on all of the animals that make fun of him. While his daughter, Porcupine, tries to gain his attention, Mantis focuses on his desire to achieve greater heights. He tries to trap the moon several times unsuccessfully, and in his failure he learns humility and the ultimate lesson that the love in his life is more important than his pride. Having learned his lesson Mantis spends the rest of his life with arms bent in thanks. Sing along with Mantis as we try to capture the moon!
A Tale of Central America
Based on the book by Gerald McDermott
Adapted by Kelly Campbell
Papagayo the parrot spends his days singing, playing games and disturbing the daytime slumber of the Animales De La Noche. But when the Ancient Moon Dog wakes up, and starts to eat the moon, the Night Animals are too afraid to do anything. Only Papagayo knows what to do. The Night Animals learn that Papagayo is a good friend to have, even if he is a little loud! Fun and interactive, this bilingual one person show brings the Guatemalan jungle to life with brightly colored puppets. Join us as we sing, hoot, croak , crow, and work together to scare away the Moon Dog!
Clever Quwi: The Underground Adventures of a Trickster Guinea Pig
A Tale of South America
Created to fit the National Summer Reading Program “Dig into Reading”, Tears of Joy Theatre presents Clever Quwi: The Underground Adventures of a Trickster Guinea Pig. This interactive one-person puppet show pits the cunning Quwi against the dimwitted Zorro the fox. Quwi tricks Zorro into holding a large boulder to keep up the sky and digging a deep burrow to hide from the end of the world. With recognizable themes from Looney Toons and Brer Rabbit, this tale dives deep into fun and trickery!