“The Circus King”
A young boy is lost at sea and found by a baboon on a far away island. He is raised by a circus of misfits. The audience and cast of characters help the boy overcome personal challenges and discover his destiny. With a little magic, characters come right out of the screen as puppets! There is Ella the elephant with bad allergies. There’s a lazy lion with curlers in his hair and crossed eyed acrobats swinging through the air.
The show combines hilarious puppets, beautiful animation, spellbinding magic, wonderful music with tremendous audience interaction. The set has big screen animation, lots of magical props and musical instruments.
There is a digital companion book that the teachers can download and read to the students before the show. The students test out on grammar, reading comprehension and spelling.
For ages: Pre-K – 5th Grade
Duration: 50 Minutes (Shorter versions of the show are available.)
Setup: 30 minutes to 1 and 1/2 hours depending upon site.
Tech Requirements: Two Chairs, One Table 6’X2′ and one Electrical Outlet (We bring the rest!)
Curriculum Standards Connections
R1 – Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. (Audience members read text and view animation as the storyteller tells story and interacts with the audience.Then audience members are asked to describe events and explain plot.)
R3 – Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text. (Audience members must trace and identify key character’s growth and development to understand the plot.)
R7 – Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.* (During the performance animation and text is presented on a large video screen for the students to read.)
K-5.TT.1 – Use technology tools and skills to reinforce classroom concepts and activities.From the Arts Education, Theatre Arts K-8 Standards:K-5.A.1 – Analyze literary texts and performances.K-5.C.1 – Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings.
K-5.MEH.1 – Understand the relationships among healthy expression of emotions, mental health, and healthy behavior.K-5.ICR.1 – Understand healthy and effective interpersonal communication and relationships.