African Trickster Tales

African Trickster Tales
Can a spider defeat an elephant at tug-of-War?  Overpower a python? Capture a cloud of hornets? With Anansi the Spider, world famous trickster, all things are possible... If you only have a plan!  This show brings traditional stories from West Africa to life with expressive rod puppets, original music, and lots of puns.  Our puppeteers arrive with sound, lights, and a large, twelve-foot stage with colorful scenery and amazing scene changes. It's an interactive and high-energy show and a great fit for language arts tie-ins with memorable characters, a clear plot, and guaranteed smiles.  Learning to "read" the text of a story in this visual way slyly supports literacy skills (and the students will never even know). All programs include a "Footnotes Learning Guide."   

Artist Background

Barefoot Puppet Theatre's award-winning performances have thrilled audiences throughout the country and into Canada since 1997. Educators give enthusiastic reviews of their programs and invite them back again and again to the delight of their students!  Their touring programs feature imaginative scripts, innovative staging, original music, beautifully crafted puppets, and fun! Programs augment curriculum in many subject areas, and a Footnotes Learning Guide accompanies each show. Customized residency programs and workshops are able to blend science, literature, and/or writing with theatre for a complete hands-on learning experience. The puppeteers are always thrilled to share more about puppetry during post-show discussions and regularly give backstage tours to groups.

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