A Dickens Tale

(Best for Grades Kindergarten - 8th)

Holiday, Literature and Literacy

Old Ebeneezer Scrooge has only one passion in life – money! During Christmas time, he’s more interested in making sure his business affairs are in order than in making sure his friends and family are cared for, but he’s about to learn an important lesson! Perfect for young and old alike, A Dickens Tale brings Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” to life in front of your very eyes. Join old Scrooge, bumbling Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, old Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future while discovering the true meaning of the season.

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

(Best for Grades 4th - 8th)

Literature and Literacy

No one tells a story quite like the Great Edgar Allan Poe! In A Tell-Tale Tale these spooky and clever stories and poems come to life before your very eyes. With a mastery of language that few can match, Edgar Allan Poe’s stories and poems are as impactful today as they were in the 19th century when they were written. This show blends rich language with expert storytelling to produce a rich language arts experience for middle grades. Stories include “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” “The Bells” and more!

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Aesop’s Fables

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Literature and Literacy

These fables from the legendary Greek storyteller Aesop, have been delighting young and old alike for thousands of years, and they still have a message for us today. Perfect for younger audiences, these classic tales entertain but also share a strong message about treating others fairly and knowing right from wrong. Stories like “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” “The Tortoise and The Hare,” and “The Lion and The Mouse” leave audiences with a message that is both timely, and timeless!

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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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Beauty and The Beast

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Literature and Literacy

First published by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, this is the classic tale of Belle, a young woman whose complicated life leads her to leave her home village to live with a Beast in his mountain castle. Join Lenny and Mabel, the “greatest actors in the world” as they bring this classic work of literature to life. This heartwarming tale shows that beauty is what lies within. See why this fairy tale has been enchanting audiences since 1740.

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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

This show features the classic story of Henny Penny and Chicken Little with a fun modern twist. When Chicken Little gets bonked on the head by an unknown object, confusion reigns in the barnyard until a little critical thinking helps the animals figure out the problem.

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Greece Lightning

(Best for Grades Kindergarten - 6th)

History and Social Studies, Literature and Literacy

The Greeks were quite an amazing culture indeed! In this fast-paced romp, you will meet some of the most amazing characters from Greek history and learn about some of the incredible myths and legends that make the Greeks so interesting. Along the way you will meet Zeus and his Olympian friends from Greek mythology, cross the waves with Poseidon and follow along the epic adventures of Hercules, and discover even more about the culture and customs of ancient Greeks! It’s been 3000 years since the ancient Greeks have been as popular as they are today. Find out why with Greece Lightning!

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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 while be the highlight of the 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

Bright Star’s favorite stock characters, Lenny and Mabel,”The Greatest Actors In The World,” bring two timeless tales from literary history to life – Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. Fun and interactive, this show is great for younger audiences or for anyone who is young at heart. Fight giants, dance with princes – any audience will love reliving these classic stories.

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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)

Holiday, Literature and Literacy

The Holiday season is about more than simply celebrating traditions and culture with friends and family. It is also about the spirit of giving and learning to share with others no matter our circumstances.  Three classic short stories – “Stone Soup,” “The Gift of the Magi,” and “The Drum” – help young audiences learn about what it means to give a gift with an open heart.

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Storybook Tales: Pinocchio & Robin Hood

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Literature and Literacy

Whether it’s dashing through the streets of Gepetto’s Italian village, or dashing through the Sherwood Forest in Nottingham England, comic duo Lenny and Mabel, “The Greatest Actors In The World” are sure to delight in this fun collection of stories. Join Lenny and Mabel as they bring their traveling show that features Gepetto and his little wooden boy Pinocchio. Learn lessons of responsibility and parental love as Pinocchio struggles to become real. Then travel to England with Maid Marian and the Sheriff of Nottingham as they encounter great capers with the outlaw, Robin Hood! These tales are sure to delight any young audience, or anyone who is young at heart.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

(Best for Grades 3rd - 8th)

Literature and Literacy

One of the first true classics of American literature, this is an authentic retelling of Washington Irving’s wonderful story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman! When Ichabod Crane takes a new job as schoolmaster of Sleepy Hollow, he was expecting to have a simple life, but things get complicated very quickly! This tale is just spooky enough to delight any audience as the days get shorter, the air gets colder, and the nights turn long and dark. A perfect introduction to this literary classic.

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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 Story of Anne Frank

(Best for Grades 3rd - Adult)

History and Social Studies, Literature and Literacy

World War II was a desperate and intense time for everyone, but it was especially devastating to the Jewish people living under Nazi rule. Through direct accounts from Anne Frank’s diary and the heartfelt retelling of her story by her father, Otto, this production offers an engaging and accessible approach to one of history’s darkest chapters. The courage of Anne Frank and her family is the story of the strength of the human spirit in the most challenging times.

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The Velveteen Rabbit

(Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th)

Anti-Bullying and Character Education, Literature and Literacy

A special gift for a young boy opens up a heartwarming tale of childhood and imagination. Through thick and thin, this story shows us how much care it takes to hold on to special friends, and how important it is to sometimes let those things go. With endearing costumes and unforgettable characters, the Velveteen Rabbit is sure to appeal to your young audience. Based on the classic tale by Margery Williams Bianco, this show examines what it means to love and what it means to be real.

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