Storytelling and Story Drama Programs Celebrating Cultures from Around the World

STORIES ON STAGE programs combine storytelling, drama, and song to explore world cultures. Our gifted performers become a variety of characters while bringing a story to life. Students "get into the act" too by participating in this riveting experience. 

STORIES ON STAGE programs are performed by one actor with audience participation. Programs are designed for audiences with a maximum of 200 students, unless otherwise specified. Choose from a variety of programs listed below, celebrating different cultures from around the world. Contact us for more details! 

A Journey Through Latin America
with Marian Licha

Grades K-6

Puerto Rican-born actor and storyteller MARIAN LICHA weaves stories and song together as she takes students on a magical journey through Latin America. The stories are rich with humor and folk traditions. Included in the program are several stories of the foolish and delightful Juan Bobo.

El Coqui
with Marian Licha

Grades K-6

El Coqui, the tiny frog king, is the biggest singing sensation in all Puerto Rico...but what happens when he takes his act on the road?  This original tale by Puerto Rican actor and storyteller Marian Licha celebrates Puerto Rican culture with story, song, and gentle humor.  


Raise the Red Lantern!  A Chinese New Year's Celebration
with Ali Oliver-Krueger

Grades K-5

Xin Nian Kuai Le! General Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger leads audiences in a celebration of Chinese New Year, exploring some of the festivals traditions as well as their origins. 

Mama-San Stories: Silly Smarts
with Ali Oliver-Krueger

Grades PreK-2

Ali Oliver-Krueger weaves stories from her Japanese-American childhood with traditional Japanese mukashibanashi (Long-Ago Stories) in this funny and heart-warming east-meets-west storytelling series.  The stories in Silly Smarts emphasize the importance of using your smarts, and the pitfalls of being too smart for your own good and confusing "smart" with "wise". 

Mama-San Stories: Bullies, Monsters, and Heroes with Ali Oliver-Krueger

GRADES 3 - 8

Ali Oliver-Krueger weaves stories from her Japanese-American childhood with traditional Japanese mukashibanashi (Long-Ago Stories). What does it take to be a hero? When an ogre bullies a village, ordinary villagers must step up to become everyday heroes.

 

The Magic Tree
with Ali Oliver-Krueger

Grades PreK-5

Ali Oliver-Krueger shares a funny, uplifting story adapted from a Zambian folk tale. The animals of the grasslands are in terrible trouble—it hasn’t rained in ages, and everyone is hungry and thirsty!  Their only hope is to find out how to get the fruit from a mysterious magic tree, but they must journey across the land to learn how...and they have to remember the secret on the long journey back!  


Freedom Bound 
with Diane Macklin (Grades 3-8; 45 minutes)

The richness of African American history, traditions, and folklore are woven together in this 45-minute storytelling program by acclaimed teller Diane Macklin.  Tales of narrow escapes on the Underground Railroad and the lore of the “people who could fly” will enchant audiences and honor the strength and determination of Americans with African roots. 

Big Lessons from Little Things 
with Diane Macklin (Grades preK-K) 

Even the smallest creatures can teach us all some important lessons! This charming program designed for early childhood audiences draws from African folklore. 

Sense and Nonsense
with Diane Macklin (Grades preK-5) 

These delightful stories turn things upside down--what appears to make sense can be nonsense and what appears ridiculous can actually be quite sensible.  A warm, funny program drawing from African and Latin folk heritage. 

Tricksters and Fools
with Diane Macklin (Grades 3-5) 

In these amusing African tales, the trickster gets his due and the fool teaches us valuable lessons.  

Telling the Truth
with Diane Macklin (Grades 6-12) 

These powerful stories highlight the importance of honesty. This program is rooted in African and African-American stories and is designed for middle and high school audiences.  

Asking for Trouble
with Diane Macklin (Grades preK-2) 

Master Storyteller Diane Macklin shares Native American tales and a traditional American tale to explore the important lesson of when it is good to leave well enough alone. 

Forest Tales
with Diane Macklin (Grades 3-6) 

Diane Macklin combines Native American and African-American stories to highlight the consequences of selfishness and greed.