Tell Your Own Story (Performance)
Students will hear engaging family and personal stories meant to inspire students to research and collect their own stories. This performance is a companion to the workshop “Tell Your Story.”
Tell Your Own Story (Workshop)
After learning about the elements of story, students will practice telling their personal and family stories with a partner. A companion workshop to the performance “Tell Your Own Story”.
The Madam Walker Story
Learn the story of Madam C.J. Walker, the self-made millionaire, as told from a “different” point of view. Learn about her early life and the legacy she created. Freetown Village has created a special interactive, one-character portrayal to bring this history to life.
Her name is synonymous with specialized products for African-American hair. But Madam Walker was more than an entrepreneur with savvy business acumen. She was a civil and political rights activist who lobbied an American president to make lynching a federal crime. She was a philanthropist whose generosity led to the largest donation ever by an African-American for the construction of an Indianapolis YMCA.
Madam Walker left an imprint on the Indianapolis community and across America. Her rich legacy gives us a glimpse into early African-American entrepreneurship.
The Spirit of James Whitcomb Riley
Indiana’s own poet is celebrated in this character performance. Through Riley’s verses, students will meet some of the major influences on his imagination such as The Raggedy Man, ‘Lisabeth Ann, Li’l Orphan Annie, and the Goblins.
The Storyteller's Drum
In this blend of African Diaspora music and storytelling, students will become active participants. Students will learn call and response, different ethnic musical styles and their origins, and will enjoy classic African folktales. Authentic African instruments are used.
The Wild Things of Sendak
Will Gould and Dave Hepler lead you on a journey into the works of Maurice Sendak that includes a wacky rendition of Where the Wild Things Are.
These Stories Go Beyond Any Test
Through theatrical readings, students explore life-long learning themes such as accepting each other’s differences, working as a team, and facing our fears. Choose from children’s literature selections that will compliment your students’ needs.
This Little Light of Mine
Listeners will experience the story of the Children’s Crusade of 1963 through the eyes of one of the children who marched. Students will learn more about this dramatic event from the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.
Thomas Edison: Inside the Inventors Minds
Thomas Edison had 1,093 patents, more than any other American, living or dead. This interactive one-man play by Hank Fincken will discuss the process that led to the electric light, the gritty nuts and bolts day to day business of the inventive business with its failures, team-approach, and eventual success.
This program meets standards in Social StudiesU.S. History & Culture
Play and Learn!
Foster a young imagination through pretend play, sing-a-longs, gallery art hunts, and hands-on art activities. Suggested for children ages 2 to 5 and their grown-ups. Lessons change weekly.
When Worlds Collide: William Henry Harrison & ...
Students will discover the radically different perspectives of Native Peoples and pioneer settlers who collided in the early years of American history. The cultures of William Henry Harrison and Tecumseh are displayed through folklore, games, and music.
Bob Sander will engage students in an interactive program of folktales from around the world. Guitar music is woven into these attention-capturing tales. Bob can tailor the stories to the countries your students are studying.
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