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NEW!  THE OFFICIAL CHILDREN’S SHOW FOR THE ROSALYNN CARTER BUTTERFLY TRAIL
                                               ROSIE AND THE BUTTERFLY

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Follow the life cycle of a monarch and learn something about Georgia’s former first lady as their lives intertwine. Using puppets, costumes, backdrops, and narratives, this DUO show follows the early life of Rosalynn Smith Carter and the life of monarch butterflies are paralleled.  As a child, Rosalynn loved butterflies and the idea of journeys.  Monarch butterflies come through her hometown of Plains, GA each fall on their way to Mexico and each spring on their way back home to Canada.  Rosalynn married Jimmy Carter, became First Lady, and has travelled all over the world with the Carter Center missions.  Register your garden with the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail!  Remember all journeys end in the same place–HOME.  For grades K-3.

“I love this show and so did my grandchildren and great grandchildren.  I’m proud to endorse this show as the official children’s show of the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail.”  Rosalynn Carter

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MS NOODLEHEAD HAS GEORGIA ON HER MIND!

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Ms. Noodle Head is all set to make Georgia a shining example for the rest of the nation as she proves how much Georgia is on her mind. She takes the Whaddya Know About Georgia Quiz with questions from the Peanut Gallery; she celebrates Georgia as the Poultry Capital of the World with the chicken dance; she tests the audience in their knowledge of Georgia’s state symbols; she takes everyone on a year-round tour of fun festivals throughout the state; and along the way she tells some interesting legends about our Peach State, the Empire State of the South. For 2nd-5th graders. 45 minutes long with lots of audience participation. Now ms noodlehead has her own book that accompanies the show. You can order one off the book section of the website. Available in ebook format too!

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“Thank you for showing me a nice show. It was real funny. I laff so much I got hickup.” — Second grader

SO YOU WANtall tales 3T TO BE A HERO: AMERICA’S RIPROARING TALL TALES
A DUO SHOW WITH CATHY KAEMMERLEN AND SARA GAARE
For audiences of all ages: Three tales of America’s greatest tall tale heroes as told by the heroes and their wives: Sally Ann Thunder Ann Crockett (wife of Davy Crockett, who tamed the hills of Tennessee), Fanny Feboldson (wife of Febold Feboldson, the inventingest farmer to hit the American Midwest), and Slue Foot Sue (wife of Pecos Bill, who tamed the American West.) All across America from sea to shining sea, these larger than life Tall Tale heroes and sheroes used their super human strength, their inventiveness, and hearts too large for words to make America what it is today. Lots of audience participation in this fast moving show for all ages.

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”I loved your terrific show! I guess it took you a long time to memorize all those words. I like how you made the show so fun and creative.” — Third grader

 THE TRUE TALL TALE OF APPLESEED JOHN

Andrew Crigler as Appleseed John THE TRUE TALE OF APPLESEED JOHNThe TRUE tale about John Chapman and TALL tales about Appleseed John, also known as Johnny Appleseed come to life in this 45 minute fun show filled with songs, stories, and lots of audience participation. Learn about America’s first folk hero and learn about the value of apples too. For K-1 audiences. Ties in with PSA First Grade study of American folk heroes! Join local favorite actor Andrew Crigler for this action packed program that discusses the differences between the legends of Appleseed John and the true story of pioneer John Chapman.  Learn about our first American folk hero.

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THE STORYBOOK EXPRESS AND REMEMBERING THE CLASSICS

A duo show with Cathy Kaemmerlen and daughter, Sara Gaare. Take a journey on the storybook express to hear some very familiar, yet not so familiar folk tales like THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF; LITTLE MISS MUFFETT REVISITED: MARTHA, THE LITTLE RED HEN; and THE FAT CAT in which all the characters and more reappear for one last romp. Lots of audience participation with props and fun for preK-1 audiences.

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“I REALLY enjoyed your performance. All of them. They ware all so fun to watch, I don’t know which one I liked the best. Thanks a LOT!”

GOTCHA! TRICKSTER TALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
This is not just for April Fool’s! We all like to play tricks and pranks year round. In fact, every culture has its trickster, who is always a teacher, sometimes a fool. Listen to tales of Tyl Eulenspiegel from Holland, Coyote tales from the American Southwest, and Anansi tales from Africa and the Caribbean before deciding whether a trickster is a teacher of fools or a foolish teacher. A trickster rides the fine line between bully and teacher. Find out the difference. Recommended grades 3-6. Maximum 200.

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“I like when you told that loust story about that spoter (spider.) At the end it was so funny my head was hurting.”

 

 

IF THE SHOE FITS: CINDERELLA TALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
All in all, there are some 1500 different versions of Cinderella, a folktale/fairytale that is passed down through time. As it is passed down, the words come out differently, depending on the teller and the culture. Small changes happen all the time, but the framework of this transformational story stays basically the same: magic, a gift, a helper, a life turned for the better. If The Shoe Fits presents an overview of the basic Cinderella or transformational tale as well as three versions from three different cultures and perhaps a new version too. For grades 1 on up.

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“Thanks for showing us the story. You were funny, and I was so excited. I should like for you to come again and be a friend.”

JUST BUZZING AROUND (a duo show)
(Show that coincides with Cathy Kaemmerlen’s book, The Buzz On Honeybees)
Meet Itty Bitty Betty, she’s a honey of a bee, and Queen Bee Sara, who tell us swarming stories and collects gossip about our state insect. This 45 minute audience participation romp is filled with stories, songs, costumes, bee facts. Show followed by booksigning, if desired. Ask Itty Bitty Betty to help create a honeybee activity day and support your state insect who pollinates 90% of Georgia’s crops!

“Cathy Kaemmerlen’s book is perfect for a summer afternoon.” — the Austin Post

View a snippet of this show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbvXk9m8ZoA&feature=youtu.be

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BIG SAURUS, LITTLE SAURUS – DINOSAUR TALES
This show is made up of rhymes, demonstrations, games, songs, and stories to educate young learners about the terrible lizards that once roamed the earth. With building and linking dinosaur stories, a poem or two, with lots of audience participation, costuming and props, students will learn about the tyrannosaurus rex, triceratops, pternadon/pteradactyl, and the stegosaurus. For pre-k-K audiences.

“Your shows are the best. When are you coming back?”

WORLD CLASS TALES
Folktales from Ireland, India, Africa, China, Japan, Native American Indians, Scandinavia, Russia, Germany. Choose your culture or ask for a smorgasbord. With costumes, props, and music. For all ages.

FOR EVERY RHYME THERE IS A REASON: CAUSE AND EFFECT STORIES
For every cause there is an effect, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction–even in stories there are consequences. Fun, lots of audience participation in these add-on stories, circular stories, and chain reaction stories demonstrating cause and effect–perhaps even a visit from Rube Goldberg demonstrating one of his wacky inventions. This is a great beginning of the year show. For audiences of all ages.

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“That was the best show I’ve seen all year. That was so wonderful that I could’ent even beleave it. See you next year.”

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