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Program Information

Number of Artists: 1 or 2

Grade Levels: Family, K-2, K-5, Preschool

Program Length: 40-60 minutes

Ideal Audience Size: 150

Maximum Audience Size: 300

Setup Time: 1-2 hours

Breakdown Time: 1 hour

Technical Requirements: Electrical outlet, raised stage preferred

SOL Connections

Science: 1.5, 1.8, 2.4, 2.5, 3.4, 3.6, 3.10, 4.5

English: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.8, 1.2, 1.11, 2.1, 2.2, 2.8, 3.1, 3.6, 4.2, 4.5, 5.1

History and Social Science: K.1, K.2, 3.2

Music: K.1, K.2, 1.11, 1.12, 2.11, 3.12, 3.13, 4.12, 4.13, 5.10, 5.11

Artists Fees

Single Fee: $500 - 700 + travel


$0.45 per mile round trip from Richmond, VA

Fee Notes

Galapagos George: Single, $350 - $550 plus travel, Back-to-Back, $550 - $750 plus travel; The Little Bread Hen: Single, $400 - $600 plus travel, Back-to-Back $600- $800 plus travel. Other shows: Single, $325 - $525 plus travel, Back-to-Back, $475- $675 plus travel.

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Heidi Rugg builds each puppet in her Richmond studio.  

Barefoot Puppets

Beautiful puppetry in many styles



Program Type

Elementary School Assemblies, Family Concerts, Community Festivals

Subject Areas

Puppetry, Folktales, Theatre Arts, Culture Studies, Wildlife, Conservation

Barefoot Puppet Theatre’s performances bring to life world folktales, classic tales with a twist and original pieces. Their incredible puppets, beautiful scenery and original music have delighted audiences along the East Coast.

African Trickster Tales (K-5) features two traditional tales from Africa's west coast: Tug of War and A Story, A Story. Audiences will enjoy the antics of Anansi the Spider and a host of characters portrayed by rod puppets.

Dreamtime (K-5) brings three Aboriginal folktales to life through the eyes of a young platypus. Children will experience the magic of the Australian continent as they meet some of the most amazing animals in the world.

Galapagos George (K-5) shares the story of “Lonesome George,” a giant Galapagos Tortoise. Audiences will watch George grow up on his island full of sea lions, lizards, blue-footed birds and more. Students will learn about man's impact on the environment of this magical archipelago. This show was funded in part by a grant from the Puppeteers of America Endowment Fund.

The Little "Bread" Hen (K-5) is a hilarious retelling of the Classic, “The Little Red Hen.” Join us and discover the truth behind why the animals won’t help the hen bake bread. Set in a small European Bakery, this show is seasoned with a liberal dash of Dr. Seuss, Brementown Musicians and The Fox and The Hen. You will think you smell bread cooking by the end of the show!