A Show of Virtues

A Show of Virtues

Inspired by “The Children’s Book of Virtues, Grey Seal has produced an enlightening program of stories from around the world including “The Little Hero of Holland,” “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “Please,” and “Why Frog and Snake Never Play Together.” A traveling salesman (played by the puppeteer) trundles on stage with his battered sample case and produces various containers filled with virtues. He assembles a makeshift puppet stage from the sample case. Each story’s characters and props emerge from the containers to act out stories that demonstrate courage, perseverance, politeness and tolerance. After all is said and done, the salesman realizes that what he sells can’t be bought. Virtues are priceless but they have to be practiced to be earned. A Show of Virtues was co-produced by the Smithsonian Institution and is correlated with the Common Core Standards.

Artist Background

Well- known for their trademark whimsical approach to storytelling and exquisite puppet design, Grey Seal Puppets offers a variety of puppet performances sure to tickle your fancy. Their repertoire includes a variety of productions from familiar fairy tales (The Emperor’s New Clothes) to original stories (Bathtub Pirates). The company’s thirty-year history includes such honors as three Citations of Excellence from UNIMA-USA (International puppetry organization), the President’s Award from the Puppeteers of America, and the Award for Leadership in Theatre from the NC Theatre Conference.

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