One of our Teaching Artists brings her high energy and child-friendly interpretation of favorite children’s stories to your kids. It’s a great literacy connection and a sweet treat for your students, right in your own classroom – a chance for wee ones (pre-K to early elementary) to hear a favorite story read and acted out! Material often includes audience participation or simple interaction and will last no longer than 30 minutes – perfect for young, wiggly patrons.
We can bring our programs to you – either in-person or virtually!
IN-PERSON Tell Me a Story Performances we need a space to accommodate the children (maximum of 40) with appropriate distancing as well as a clear space for the performer (8’x10’). Open outdoor spaces can work well when the weather permits. And an adult observer/teacher from the childcare provider in the room to help with student behavior. Our performer WILL be in mask and will strive to maintain distance from the students (with help from the childcare providers).
VIRTUAL Performances will need an adult observer/teacher from the childcare provider in the room with the students who knows how to connect to the virtual class, a large screen able to display our teacher for optimal visibility connected to reliable wifi. The specific meeting links will need to be generated by your organization and an invitation sent to SCCT a few days before for our teacher/performer to use on the day scheduled.
It is critical for the childcare organization to test the planned computer, promethean board, smart TV in advance of the scheduled class/performance so that all the tech glitches are worked out (potential feedback from 2 microphone sources, how we can see your students based on your camera source, etc) and so that the teacher/operator is confident in connecting and operation ahead of the scheduled date. This can be done in house with a link sent to another teacher/administrator to practice ahead of time.
Email or call Betsy Bisson at 864.235.2885 ext. 104 to book your TMAS To Go!
Title One Schools and Child-Centered Agencies, please email or call Lauren Imhoff at 864.235.2885 ext. 107 to apply for SCCT to bring this production to your location at no cost.
One performance for up to 40 students – $125 for locations within 5 miles of downtown Greenville
Add a second performance on the same day for $50 more
We are able to tour this program to the following counties in the Upstate: Anderson, Greenville, Pickens, and Spartanburg Counties, along with areas of Laurens and Oconee Counties. An additional travel fee of $1 per mile (round trip) will apply for locations further than 5 miles from downtown Greenville.
We suggest the following titles as particularly good for this format, but we can also do others (especially if you have one you’ve been using in class, please provide us with the book one week ahead of the performance).
Pete the Cat and His Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and James Dean- Pete may be popping buttons off of his favorite shirt, but it’s all good! He’s learning a little about subtraction and a lot about finding the bright side of a situation! After the story, get comfortable in front of others and review the idea of subtraction as we sing and dance with Pete!
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak- The American classic comes to life as we follow Max out of his room and across time to where the Wild Things are. Discover what is more important than being King of All Wild Things. After the story, join in the Wild Rumpus!
Elephants Can’t Dance by Mo Willems- Elephants can’t dance! Or can they? Piggy tries to teach her dear friend, Gerald the Elephant, her favorite pastime but Gerald just can’t get it…unless he tries his own kind of dance! After the story try ballet dancing and then do your own version of the latest dance craze: “The Elephant.”
Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina- A tale of a peddler, his caps and some monkey business! The peddler is a man of ritual, but when monkeys take his caps high into the trees he must think of a way to get them back. After the story, mimic the peddler as monkeys as he tries to solve his problem.
Not A Stick by Antoinette Portis- A pig comes to visit with a stick- but it’s not a Stick! Explore imagination and creative problem solving after the book!
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees- Gerald the Giraffe is too shy to dance. The other animals in the Jungle all laugh at him. This is a brave story about being yourself and trying something new. Try each of the animal’s special dances after the book!
The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss- The Sneetches have always divided into those who have stars and those who have not until a stranger arrives with a machine that changes everything- for a small fee. A delightful tale about materialism and how the Sneetches overcome it. After the story work as an ensemble to create our own machine!
Pete the Cat: Rocking In My School Shoes by James Dean and Eric Litwin- It’s back to school and Pete can’t wait! But is he ready for all of the different new activities found in a school day? It’s all good as we explore the places to go and the things to do at school. After the story, we will sing along as we act out all of the different activities Pete tries.
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman- Bear sleeps through the winter while his friends visit the cave. Will Bear miss out on the fun? Explore North American animals as we discuss sharing. After the story, explore the movement qualities of each of the animals, then pantomime a picnic
Be A Friend by Salina Yoon- Dennis is a little different. Although he enjoys being himself, sometimes he feels a little disconnected. Until he meets a friend who enjoys playing the same way he does and then Dennis understands what it is to be a friend. After the story, discuss pantomime as a performance style and try some pantomime activities!
ONE by Kathryn Otoshi- Blue was a quiet color, who liked being blue unless he was with Red. Red was a hothead an liked to pick on blue. Until One came. Watch how One handles Red’s bullying behavior in healthy way. After the story, reenact some of the key moments while discussing why that was a productive solution.
The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers- The crayons have returned after a disgruntled walk-out. Where did they go and what adventures did they have? After the story, become a crayon and develop a character based on a color
Night Animals by Gianna Marino- Explore the night as a series of silly nocturnal animals frighten each other. A great introduction to nocturnal animals
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems- The bus driver has left the audience in charge of the bus. Whatever you do, don’t let the pigeon drive the bus. But Pigeon has other ideas…
Room On the Broom by Julia Donaldson- The witch and her cat are out flying on her broom, but the wind keeps blowing her things away. Some helpful animals return her items but they end up helping her more than she could guess! After the story, work together as an ensemble to create a monster to scare a dragon away.
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown- After helping himself to carrots from the carrot patch, the bunny starts to feel like things are not what they seem. Could the carrots be out to get him? After the show audience tries personifying carrots to play a game with bunny.