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Traveling Theater

The Secret of the Puppet's Book

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Lewis is a most unusual puppet who lives in a book. He loves stories but struggles a bit with reading. As the magical books in this engaging performance come to life, he discovers the fun and adventure of reading.

 

A colorful and musical performance that engages children, celebrates imagination and the enjoyment of reading, and identifies familiar ideas in stories and books. Secrest of the Puppet's Book reinforces respect for others, differences in likes and dislikes. There are some delightful surprises, including visiting a full-sized rhinoceros and a break dancing puppet.

  • Best for pre-school - grade 3

  • 40 minute performance

  • Audience capacity to 300

  • Illustrated Study Guide with NYS Learning Standards provided

 

Brief Synopsis

The performers find an old, tattered oversized book. It opens to a surprising "grumpy old man" who is looking for Lewis the puppet. Lewis is learning to read but pretends he already can. As he explores more books, the stories come alive with music, dance and some fun puppet characters. Lewis finally grows tired, reads his bedtime book (himself!), and reluctantly falls asleep as his book closes and the moon plays across the sky.​

The program has been developed in consultation with educators from the Onondaga County Child Care Council and the Family Literacy Alliance in Syracuse and Early Childhood educators from BOCES, the Salvation Army and the Consortium for Children's Services.

Performance Requirements
  • stage area 15' wide ~ 12' deep ~ 10' high

  • Power required for sound system

  • Talk back puppet demonstration can follow performance

Fee 

$550 for a single performance; $300 each additional show. Travel and mileage charges apply for performances more than 30 miles from Syracuse, NY.