A Dickens Tale

(Best for Grades 2nd - Adult)

Holiday, Literature and Literacy

Gather ‘round as our actors recreate Victorian England in this beloved retelling of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Join Old Scrooge, bumbling Bob Cratchit, and all the delightful ghostly visitors in this heartwarming tale of friendship and generosity. An unsuspecting student even has the opportunity to join our actors on stage in the role of Tiny Tim! Audiences of all ages are enthralled by this sweet tale. Our classic version has become an annual tradition across the country.

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A Tell-Tale Tale: The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

(Best for Grades 3rd - 8th)

Literature and Literacy

Jump on tour with our troupe of traveling thespians – Lenny and Mabel – on a journey to meet Edgar Allan Poe’s most intriguing characters. Hear of “The Tell-Tale Heart!” Dig deep with “The Cask of Amontillado.” Quoth ‘nevermore’ with “The Raven” and hear the ‘tintinabulation’ of “The Bells!” Find out why so many people admire Poe’s works and use the incredible online study guide to bring these works back to the classroom to build literacy skills!

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Aesop’s Fables

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Literature and Literacy

These 2,600 year-old gems have never been this entertaining! Join our hilarious actors as they stumble across the assembled crowd and decide to put on a showcase of Aesop’s greatest hits. The result is a fast-paced, high-energy production that has literally left audiences shouting for more. From “The Fox and the Grapes”and “The Tortoise and the Hare” to “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and “The Lion and the Mouse,” these animal-filled adventures focus on honesty, compassion, hard work and kindness.

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Alice in Wonderland

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Literature and Literacy

The Lewis Carroll literary classic is magically brought to life in this 45 minute adventure. Join Alice on her journey into the rabbit hole, packed with some eccentric and fantastical characters who take your audience on an imaginative ride. Since 1865 this literary classic has been a favorite among young readers and we can’t wait to bring it to life. Join the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and Alice on this adventure in Wonderland.

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American Songbook

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Literature and Literacy

Celebrate American history through a timeline of music. Join our professional performers as they carry your audience on a melodic journey through chapters of American History. From tribal songs of the early Native Americans, to influential anthems of the civil rights movement, this show leaves few songs unsung. Audience interaction abounds with sing-alongs in this original Bright Star musical concert.

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American Tales & Tunes

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Literature and Literacy

Folk songs and folktales from across America come to life in this music-filled adventure. We’ve delved deep into American literature from the Jack Tales of the Appalachian region to the fishing docks of New England and have created a vibrant and energetic show that seamlessly blends these fantastic regional stories with classic American folk songs like “Shenandoah” and “Shady Grove.”

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Building Stories

(Best for Grades 1st - 6th)

Literature and Literacy

Plot, summary, characters and settings can be confusing things to learn about. Join our actor-educators as they take your audience on an adventure through what makes up a story. In one portion of the show your audience contributes to the play to create an original story, while learning all the different parts of what goes into making one. This show is designed to get young people excited about reading and writing while encouraging them to gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of stories.

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Chicken Little: The Sky is Falling

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Literature and Literacy

“The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” This twist on the classic fable of Chicken Little encourages students to think critically about the information they see. When something from the sky falls and causes uproar on the farm, watch as our friends Chicken Little, Goosey Loosey and Turkey Lurkey search for clues to decide weather the sky is really falling, or if it is just a trick! This tale takes on topics like fact vs. opinion, propaganda, and checking sources to help students navigate a world full of information, but not necessarily the truth. A fun and adaptable show sure to entertain your young audience!

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Happily Ever After

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Literature and Literacy

Get ready to laugh out loud at our hilarious renditions of some of the best from the Grimm Brothers’ iconic works. In this 45-minute (not-so-grim) adventure, our engaging performers transform into Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin and The Elves and the Shoemaker. This fairy tale inspired production is the perfect cap to your school year. Loaded with audience participation and an endless stream of laughs, this show will leave your audiences shouting for more!

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Old MacDonald’s Sing-Along Farm

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 3rd)

Literature and Literacy

Everybody on the farm has a favorite song. Join Old Farmer MacDonald, his wife Mrs. MacDonald, Daisy the Cow, Simon the Pig and all your favorite friends from the farm for a fun and energetic singalong that brings everyone together. From tunes like “Camptown Races” to classic nursery rhymes like “Hey Diddle Diddle,” this fun interactive show has a strong character message of sharing and caring for others and is a great option for our youngest audiences.

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Once Upon a Time…

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Literature and Literacy

Literature comes to life in this hysterical production that brings Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk to the stage! Lenny and Mabel – “The greatest actors in the world!” – reenact these two classics while taking on more than a dozen zany characters each. From “The Character Formerly Known as Prince (Charming)” to Cinderella’s fairy godmother to a beanstalk that magically grows out of the set, this production is a favorite for teachers and students alike!

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Rhyme Time! Adventures in Poetry

(Best for Grades 3rd - 8th)

Literature and Literacy

Join our duo of traveling actors, Lenny and Mabel – “The Greatest Actors in the World” – as they share their favorite poetry selections. From the mysterious origins of nursery rhymes to the homespun wisdom of folk poetry; from the lofty language of Shakespeare to the spoken word of modern times, this show is a perfect selection for National Poetry Month! Lenny and Mabel will capture the audience’s imagination while celebrating the magic of words!

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Stone Soup & Other Heartwarming Tales

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Literature and Literacy

We’ve scoured the globe for short stories to celebrate the spirit of the season! In O. Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi” students learn about putting others first. In a classic Indian folk tale, “The Drum,” students learn about generosity and the power of giving. Finally, with our unique retelling of “Stone Soup” students are reminded of the value that sharing brings to a community. This is the perfect complement to character-education programs and a great literacy tool to build comprehension and listening skills!

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Storybook Tales: Pinocchio & Robin Hood

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Literature and Literacy

Our hilarious actors will have your young audience laughing in the aisles with this production of Pinocchio and Robin Hood. Packed with audience interaction, this 45 minute adventure is brimming with character education lessons, audience participation and plenty of puns to bring these literary classics to life in an unforgettable fashion.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

(Best for Grades 2nd - 8th)

Literature and Literacy

This literary classic is a long-time crowd favorite that is perfect for the fall. Join bumbling Ichabod Crane, beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, and the bully Brom Bones as they bring to life this Washington Irving tale. Often called “America’s first work of fiction,” audiences love to see their classmates become volunteers onstage to join the Sleepy Hollow School Choir and ponder at the mystery of the (not-so-scary) Headless Horseman! With a rich study guide available online, this show is a perfect tale for comparing and contrasting with the original text and accomplishing literacy goals.

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The Secret Garden

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Literature and Literacy

This classic tale of growth and wonder has never been so entertaining. Bright Star’s rendition of The Secret Garden is retold by our lovable comic duo Lenny and Mabel. Together, they bring to life the charming characters and lively scenes that make Frances Hodgson Burnett’s story so wonderful. This play is full of lessons about perseverance, believing in yourself and helping those around you. Along with these important lessons, humor and playful moments breathe life into this magical story about transforming the world around us.

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The Velveteen Rabbit

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Anti-Bullying and Character Education, Literature and Literacy

This literary classic is routinely named one of our top shows for young audiences. It is a heartwarming story of a stuffed rabbit and its quest to become real. The story celebrates unconditional love and real beauty with a strong anti-bullying message. Join our professional actors as they bring to life this engaging and sweet story with imaginative costumes and captivating skill.

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Upcycled Cinderella

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Literature and Literacy, STEM

This imaginative production brings to life the story of Cinderella in a way that will surprise and delight audiences. The wacky duo, Dustmop and Binny, “accidentally” stumble upon an audience and decide to put on a play with what they have before them. Using household items, recycled objects and physical comedy, our performers create hilarious characters, inventive settings and lively scenes. Packed with character education lessons, Upcycled Cinderella will activate the imagination and encourage young audiences to use teamwork, friendship and creativity in their every day lives.

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Winter Fables

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Holiday, Literature and Literacy

For this cozy little show we are returning to Aesop’s fables to bring to life some amazing winter-inspired tales. Our spirited performers take your young audience on a hilarious and highly entertaining journey. They cover valuable lessons from “The Ant and the Grasshopper” to “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse.” Your young audience is guaranteed to walk away with strong character-education influence and a boat-load of uproarious laughter! They’ll learn about responsibility, honesty and appreciating what they already have just in time to get into the spirit of the season.

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Write On! A Literacy Adventure

(Best for Grades 1st - 6th)

Literature and Literacy

Jack loves stories, but there’s one problem – he just can’t write any! Luckily, with the help of his teacher, Mrs. Billingsworth, and a few surprise ghosts, Jack finds out how to tap into his imagination to create incredible stories. Formerly known as “Building Stories” this show was a hit with libraries and schools across the country in 2017. Kick your school’s literacy program into high gear with this high energy, fun and hilarious show!

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