Since 1988, Act!vated Story Theatre has been bringing dynamic theatre to schools and libraries nationwide. We don't just tell stories, we act!vate them with physical comedy, American Sign Language, music, witty scripts and a giant over-sized book. Every 45 minute show includes two folktales and a grown woman squeezing through a tennis racket.
Price Range: $485 for one show; discounts for multiple shows
Gig Length: 45 - 45 minutes
Languages: American Sign Language, English
Insurance: $1,000,000 - Liability
What to Expect
Non-stop action, a grown woman squeezing through a tennis racket, audience participation, music, American Sign Language, quick costume changes and witty comedy that will tickle the funny bone. Entertaining for the stroller set to grandparents and all ages in between. Presented before what is rumored to be the world's largest picture book.
L'Eau Theque ("low tech") Productions, a non-profit corporation 501(c)(3) was formed in 1988, to serve and educate the general public by means of theatrical presentations.
The objectives of L'Eau Theque Productions and Act!vated Story Theatre are
to provide audiences of all ages with theatrical entertainment that educates and encourages independent thought
to preserve the folklore and literature of many cultures and historical eras, and to demonstrate that folklore is a living, evolving entity
to provide children an opportunity to express themselves through writing and theatrical performance
to help educators learn productive ways to foster creativity and self-esteem among students
to stress the common heritage of diverse cultures, including ethnic minorities and the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
In the past, L'Eau Theque Productions has produced several nationally touring productions for children and their families including a production of "A Christmas Carol" which toured to main stage performance halls and featured a cast of seven professional actors. We also have mounted shows for adult audiences. As the name L'Eau Theque (low tech) implies, the philosophy is to keep technical requirements simple. We use common household objects in unusual, imaginative ways. The goal is to inspire and encourage audiences to read, and explore the performing arts.
Act!vated Story Theatre denotes The Goza Family, the heart and soul of L'Eau Theque Productions. They wear a lot of hats to produce and perform the show.
Additional Booking Notes
Indoor performance space minimum 12x12. No outdoor performances. Access to an electrical outlet is preferable.
Parking near performance area for one slightly oversized vehicle (small RV/ motorhome towing small trailer). The touring vehicle will fit in two pull through spaces or 5 side-by-side. No parking garages under 12' tall.
Past Booked Events
|November 06, 2018–December 31, 2018 • 12:00pm - 12:00pm||Touring South Carolina|
|July 29, 2018–November 05, 2018 • 12:00pm - 12:00pm||Touring New England|
|July 09, 2018–July 19, 2018 • 12:00pm - 12:00pm||Touring North Carolina|
|June 05, 2018–June 25, 2018 • 12:00pm - 12:00pm||Touring Arkansas|
Every show features TWO stories
2018-19 Tour Season: "Tuneful Tales" story options
The Hat Seller and the Monkey: A comic little escapade from Mali, performed entirely in pantomime set to original music. The Hat Seller has just one mission, to take his hats to town to sell them. A mischievous monkey however, has other ideas and chaos ensues. This story transcends language barriers.
Orpheus: The classic Greek legend about the most powerful musician of all time, whose music could move not only people, but also trees and rocks. Orpheus sets out on a quest to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the Underworld. Along the way he plays his lyre to save the crew from the Sirens of the sea, charms the three-headed dog Cerberus, enchants Charon, crosses the River Styx and boldly faces Hades.
Tops and Bottoms: A trickster tale about a Bear and a Fox who share the crops 50/50 except one always ends up getting the better end of the deal. How can that be? This tale from Scandinavia is staged in a style that alternates musical pantomime with scenes featuring dialogue.
The Boy Who Wanted a Drum: A cumulative story, from India, with the central theme of paying it forward. One small gesture, leads to something bigger and better, and eventually the boy who wanted a drum gets one.
Something from Nothing: This Yiddish tale of a grandfather's love for his grandchild teaches us about resourcefulness. Grandfather, a retired tailor, skillfully transforms one item of clothing into another as his grandchild grows and grows and grows.
Influences & Inspiration
Buster Keaton, Jim Carrey, Lucille Ball, Stan Laurel, Carol Burnett
The production is entirely self contained. Nothing else needs to be provided by the venue. Set-up time is one hour. Tear down time is also one hour.
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