14 Carrots is an audience-participation show for pre-school to 2nd grade children that features Aunt Swilly, a mature, Southern rabbit that is told she didn't have a career because she is just a "babysitter"! She then becomes a traveling, door-to-door carrot sales-rabbit. With the audience's help, she tries to sell her carrots in all the wrong places to all the wrong animals—none of them eat carrots. The puppets are based on pop-up-book art for children sitting on the floor. A workshop building finger puppets and a little stage is available for a small extra fee.
Price Range: $250 small travel fee
Gig Length: 35 - 80 minutes
Insurance: $2,000,000 - If our equipment or performers hurt an audience member we are insured through Puppeteers of America and this is the standard coverage of all professional puppet companies.
What to Expect
The PuppeTree performer will arrive in character 30 minutes before performance - but we'll stay in touch with you from the day you book. 14 Carrots only requires an 8 foot across and 4 feet deep space (a corner of any room is fine). We set up a play board that is about the size of a table with the pop up book puppets behind. Aunt Swilly will borrow a chair from you and help gather the children to sit on the floor right in front of the puppet stage. Adults are invited to sit in the back. 14 Carrots last 35-45 minutes depending on the children's participation ending with an attempt to sell carrots on the Moon and the appearance of a robot!
If you are looking for a BIRTHDAY GOODIE BAG that is original we offer a "make and take" felt finger puppet which has a little stage to color and recap the story. Everyone goes home with a rabbit puppet! There is an extra fee for the workshop.
Finally the PuppeTree will pack up and be out of your space in 30 minutes and we'll leave it cleaner than we found it (if that's possible). No confetti or mess. Aunt Swilly will be delighted to sing Happy Birthday and give the Birthday child special attention. This has also been a great show for Make a Wish children, too. After 45 years of performing for children (and as a mother myself) we promise a professional, no hassle, no worry, highly entertaining, personalized event for you.
Ann Legunn has over 40-years of experience in professional theater and puppetry. During that time, she has developed a wide range of educational and instructional skills. These include:
• Facilitating group activities and projects—using a working knowledge of group dynamics—to help people to make their own artistic discoveries
• Conducting workshops for teachers and students in a variety of crafts and skills:
- Visual arts—painting, drawing, woodworking, puppet making
- Costuming—designing, sewing, pattern making, needle crafts
- Creative Dramatics—playwriting, improvisation, movement, music, dance, mime.
Ann’s theater skills comes from extensive and varied performance experiences. She has been Artistic Director of the Puppetree, Inc. for the last 10 years, creating and directing 5 puppets shows which tour the Northeast including Caps for Sale, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow with shadow puppets, Ugly Duckling, Leo Lionni's Swimmy and 14 Carrots.
She has been Artist-in-Residence at a variety of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine public schools, parks and recreation departments, and community theaters.
Additional Booking Notes
This show is for 35 children plus caregiver and we only require a flat floor. Outside is OK! We'll need tables if you would like to make the finger puppets.
Influences & Inspiration
Muppets, Bil Baird, Captain Kangaroo, Addis Williams and graduate school in Children's Theater at Florida State University.
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