Open Hand Theater

Grandfather Frost's Stories of Russia

Grandfather Frost, a most mischievous cat, and a lost girl are the background for this wonderful winter adventure into the world of Russian folk tales.


The performance features Open Hand Theater’s international artist in residence, Vladimir Vasyagin, with musician Leslie Archer. This duet of music and puppetry brings to life a whole storybook of characters, adventures and culture.

  • Best for K – grade 6
  • 45 minute performance
  • Audience up to 300
  • Study Guide with NYS Learning Standards provided


Objectives of the Performance

  • Introduce characters and songs from Russian folk lore
  • Tell a Russian folk story in an authentically Russian style of puppetry
  • Introduce the lessons inherent in folk tales and illustrate their relevance to all cultures and times

Brief Synopsis

The performance opens with themes from several Russian folk songs and the introduction of the old storyteller, Baba Yaga and her mischievous cat. Baba Yaga tells the story of Matriona and Alonushka, two sisters who live near the edge of the vast Russian forest. Matriona sends the younger sister out alone, and Alonushka becomes hopelessly lost. Her travels to Grandfather Frost's house, to the south wind, and back home are manipulated by Baba Yaga and aggravated by the cat, who can't seem to get anything right. The sisters learn valuable lessons about independence and selfishness, and the audience learns a lovely Russian folk song.

Program Requirements

  • minimum stage area 15' wide ~ 15' deep ~ 12' high
  • Raised stage recommended audiences over 100

Fee

$550 for a single performance; $300 each additional

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