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Program Information

Number of Artists: 1-3

Grade Levels: 4-5, K-2, K-5, Preschool

Program Length: 45-55 minutes

Ideal Audience Size: Varies

Maximum Audience Size: 150 (Backpack and Lula); 450 Tanka and Granny

Setup Time: 1 hour

Breakdown Time: 20 minutes

Technical Requirements: Electricity for Tanka Tales, table & chair, space needs vary

SOL Connections

Science: K.7, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 2.6, 2.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.11, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8, 6.10, 6.11

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, 4.4, 4.5, 5.1, 5.6, 6.4, 6.5

History and Social Science: K.1, K.2, 1.12, 2.2, 2.3, 2.12, 3.12, USI.3, USII.5, VS.2, VS.8, VS.9, VS.10

Artists Fees

Single Fee: $300 - $625 (see below)

Back to Back Fee: $425 - $750 (see below)

Fee Notes

Granny's Appalachian Tales, Recycling Pirates and Tanka Tales: Single $425 - $625, Back to Back $550-$750 plus travel; Little Red Rocket Hood: Single $350 - $550 plus travel; BackPack Puppets, Going Buggy and Land of Aloha: $300 - $500 plus travel.

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The Goodlife Theater

Puppets, Vaudeville and Mime



Program Type

Community Festivals, Curriculum Materials, Elementary School Assemblies, Family Concerts, Middle School Assemblies, Workshops

Subject Areas

Circus Arts, Conservation, Culture Studies, Mime, Poetry, Puppetry, US History, Vaudeville

Focusing on nature, cooperation and problem solving, the Goodlife Theatre brings to schools wondrous sets, imaginative puppets of many kinds and magical presentations to delight audiences of all ages.

BackPack Puppets (preK-1) A high energy one man production that includes music, a variety of puppets, and an engaging story about a mischievous monkey who loses all the colors in the rainbow. Common sense and magic save the day in a program that is highly interactive.

Crooning with the Critters Join the GoodLife Theater as they travel the world of our imaginations singing about animals in this interactive musical show featuring puppets, live music and lots of songs about our animal friends from the farm, to the jungle, to the deep blue sea.

Granny's Appalachian Tales (K-6) Using puppetry (hand, rod and shadow puppets), live music and actors, this program brings to life an Appalachian Jack Tale, "The Three Feathers;" the African-American legend of John Henry, and the Cherokee tale "How the Milky Way Came to Be." Interwoven with these tales is a historic perspective of the people and cultural changes unique to Appalachia. The storyteller is a life size Granny puppet whose mountain cabin transforms into an imaginative puppet stage.

Little Red Rocket Hood and other Space Age Fairy Tales A space age take on an old familiar tales. Join Little Red as she rockets off to the GrandMa planet. Can the Space Wolf be far behind? Her Friend Jack climbs a beanstalk thru a wormhole into an adventure with a one-eyed giant.

Tanka Tales (K-6) presents three Native American stories through the art of puppetry and masks. "Loo Wit the Firekeeper" is a dramatic reminder that nature's beauty is for sharing. "How Summer Defeats Winter" is the story of Glooskap, who enlists the help of mythic figures and the audience to overcome the powerful chief, Winter, and restore balance to the world. A story within this story, "How Grandmother Spider Stole the Sun," is portrayed with shadow puppets.

The Land of Aloha Puppets, music, and hula bring to life legends & children's tales from the Hawaiian islands. The tales presented include a folk legend about a magical dog, Pua Pua Lena Lena and a modern children's story about an Opihi shell fish who learns to face his fears.

The Recycling Pirates Our most popular program is a rollicking musical about puppet characters created from trash. Led by Captain Jack Sparetire, they sail the urban seas looking for things to recycle, reuse, reduce and repair.