Based on the story of "Lonesome George," this 50 minute performance tells the tale of a truly one-of-a-kind tortoise from the Galapagos Islands. Described by The Smithsonian as "an uplifting eco-fable," this engaging theatrical piece shares and important lesson about man's impact on the environment. Seventeen rod puppets and shadow puppets delight students on a unique "island" stage with original music, live voices, and fun. Visually engaging for all ages and mentally stimulating -- even for upper grades. Within the show, students will learn about what happened to the tortoises of the Galapagos Islands and how many spieces became endangered. The performance is a great launching point for a variety of deeper classroom discussions surrounding ecosystems, island formation, extinction, invasive species, and biodiversity. Backstage tours for upper grades are always a possibility -- please inquire for more details. Use this link to view a video excerpt from this program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvkOmIWPNZY&t=91s
Barefoot Puppet Theatre’s award-winning performances have thrilled audiences throughout the country and into Canada since 1997. Educators give enthusastic 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.