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Dawn's Early Light

Puppetry: Story Book Pk-2 and 3-5

Time Frames
During School Day, After School, Summer, Weekend
On Campus Program
Pre K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Community/Fam., Talented/Gifted, Special Ed


Choose a story: Rumplestiltskin, Princess and the Pea or Tortoise and the Hare. These timeless tales are brought to life featuring large-scale hand puppets and original songs. The start of the show explains how various sources are used to create the performance, including cultures with similar stories and plots, and how different reference materials are used to create the story. Students learn how to display appropriate audience behavior. Each story teaches important character lessons in a straight forward, yet gentle way. Themes include: the importance of being truthful, the power of perseverance and the value of not judging people by appearances. After the show, the audience is invited to a backstage look at the marvels of puppetry and the “how to” of creating a performance, including how mathematics is used to determine things like puppet size, stage dimensions, and the scale of props and buildings in the show. Students are invited to ask questions and to join a discussion on the use of music and movement in the performance, as well as the dramatic structure of the story.

Students Will

  • see an original musical performance and the kinds of movement that are possible with hand puppets
  • model appropriate performance behavior, and appropriate interaction in a public setting, demonstrating respect for performers and for other students
  • hear songs developed to tell a particular story, and discuss those songs after the performance
  • dialogue with performing artists and analyze aspects of the show
  • trace the parallel stories of other cultures that correlate to the story that they are seeing, understanding that basic themes and plot lines have a cultural commonality
  • Hans Christian Andersen's Complete Fairy Tales, 978-1626860995
  • The Complete Book of Puppetry, George Latshaw ISBN 978-0486409528 * Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales, ISBN 978-1607103134


Dates: Available
Times: 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Duration: 55 minutes
School Fee: $600 one show * $850 two back-to-back shows
Minimum Attendance: 15
Maximum Attendance: 300
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs: 110V power at stage site, at least 10 Foot ceiling height, (ADA inaccessible spaces)
Other Information: Please read cancellation policy

Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: For Scheduling call: Esther Malone 214-704-6782 [email protected]
Deadline: Available
Cancellation Policy: A program is confirmed when you receive your contract by mail, fax or email. Should illness, inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances prevent the program from taking place as scheduled, Dawn’s Early Light (DEL) will offer the option of rescheduling or using a substitute artist. All cancellations are subject to full payment. With the exception of unforeseen circumstances, changing the date of a specific session can be made with one week notice and is subject to the availability of the artist. Changing the start date of a program can be made with a two week notice without penalty.
After School Policy: A teacher or afterschool employee must be with the students at all times to assist with classroom management. They are also responsible for supervising the students before and after class, walking students to the bus or releasing students to their parents.

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