TUCKERS' TALES PUPPET THEATER
CATALOGUE OF SHOWS

updated April 2016

Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre is currently offering 24 different shows. Some are designed for younger children and others for school age and family groups. Holiday shows and those for special events are also available. Age appropriateness and length are listed next to the title. Click on the title to see a thumbnail photograph and a more detailed description. Click on the thumbnail to see a larger picture.

Prices are determined by the length of the show: $425.00 for the 30 minute shows, $450.00 for the 40-45 minute shows and $475.00 for the 60 minute shows. Travel fees may apply. Discounts are available for multiple and block bookings.

Call (215) 885-7073 or e-mail for more information.

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Current List of Available Shows



2016 Summer Reading Program Suggestions, "Ready, Set, Read!" Historic Shows Educational Based on Stories
Multicultural Irish Holidays Original
Aesop's fables
Stories with a moral featuring a fun cast of animals. Ages 4 to adult
Bag Theatre Follies
A puppet show on the move. Ages 4 to adult
The Battle of Trenton
The audience participates in the battle that changed our history. Ages 7 to adult.
Beanstalks Beasts and Buffoons
The Appalachian Jack Tales. Ages 5 to adult.
The Bookaneers
A Swashbuckling Search for the Source of All Knowledge! Ages 4 to adult
Cinderella
The traditional tale from the 18th century.
Circus Dream
Jeffrey bear dreams of being a circus clown
"Cirkus"
Not Quite the Big Top, but a Lot of Fun! Ages 3 to adult.
Drakestail, The Creative Duck
Our unflappable hero used creative thinkng, music and art to foil a selfish king. Ages 4 to adult
Duck!
Sometimes a duck is lucky just to be able to chuckle after a day in which all his luck is chucked out the window! Ages 4 to adult
The Elves' Toy
A Special Holiday Story. Ages 4 to adult.
Fair, Brown and Trembling
An Irish Cinderella Story. Ages 4 to adult. Good for Celtic Festivals.
Finn and the Giant
One of the Legends of Finn MacCool. Ages 4 to adult. Good for Celtic Festivals.
The Galtee Piper
An Old Irish Tale about All Hallows Eve. Ages 4 to adult. Good for Celtic Festivals.
The Goose is Loose
A "yarn" about the search for Mother goose's best friend. Ages 3 to adult.
Halloween Cabaret
Frightfully Funny. Ages 5 to adult.
I'll Take No Tea
A pseudo-historical look at the Tea Party craze of 1773-74 Ages 7 to adult
It's the Wolf!
Favorite Stories about the Big, Bad Wolf. Ages 4 to adult.
Jasper's Underground Adventure
Will Jasper Ever Get to School on Time? Ages 5 to adult.
Jingle Bell the Cat
A Holiday Story. Ages 4 to adult.
Mime Your Own Business
Not a Word to the Wise! Ages 6 to adult.
Once Upon a Planet
An Environmental Quest. Ages 6 to adult.
Peter Rabbit Tales
Some of Peter's Famous Adventures. Ages 4 to adult.
The Pot of Gold
An Audience Participation Show available only with another show. Ages 5 to adult.
Punch and Judy
A Little Historical Mayhem with the Original "Hit" Man! Ages 5 to adult.
Saint George and the Dragon
Confusion abounds when our colonial mummers players meet the real thing. Ages 4 to adult
The Shadow of the Bug
This is a shadow puppet mystery. Follow FBI, fuzzy bug investigator, Sam Shovel as he searches the bug world for a missing caterpillar. Ants are marching, ladies are swallowing flies and cockroaches are dancing. Ages 3 to adult.
Sock Monkey Mysteries
Sock Monkey has been a favorite of children for many years, and now his new adventures (with his mystery solving alter ego “Sherlock Hose”) can be seen by children of all ages in an ongoing collection of serial adventures by Tuckers’ Tales. Ages 3 to adult.
Sorcerer's Apprentice
The Brothers Grimm Brought to Life. Ages 5 to adult.
Three Bears!
Bearly a Peaceful Minute for Goldilocks & the Bear Family. Ages 3 to adult.
Trickster Tales
Tales of tricky characters from Africa, Morocco and America. Ages 4 to adult.
Will O' The Wisp
An Irish/American Folk Tale. Ages 7 to adult.

Show Descriptions


AEFthm.jpg - 26506 Bytes Aesop's Fables
Aesop, one of the greatest storytellers of the ancient world, had a great sense of humor. And it's a good thing, because when Tuckers' Tales tells his stories, they take a few unexpected twists. The Tortoise & the Hare - A hare-raising adventure of Olympic proportions, The Fox & the Crow - The crow's meal is interrupted by a lesson in the dangers of self-admiration. The Ant & the Grasshopper - Take care before you wind up as a "grass-sicle" in winter's freezer, The Frog & the Ox - Sometimes trying to prove that you are not impressed with immensity may have immense consequences!
Total presentation - 40 Minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from age 4 years to adult. Maximum Audience Size: 350
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Bag TheatreBag Theatre Follies
Ever have a puppet show walk right up to you? Well here's one that can! Presented on a colorful bag theater walking stage, Bag Theater Follies presents an amusing series of vignettes. Each vignette is a story in itself, and presentations from 2 minutes to 25 minutes in length are possible. Bag Theater Follies is presented on a self-contained mobile theater using a variety of hand and rod puppets, and one or two complete stages (each complete with puppeteer and full show) can be provided.
Length of presentation - From 2 to 25 Minutes (Can be repeated continually).
Suitable for ages 4 years to adult. Maximum audience size - 100
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BOTthm.jpg - 16420 Bytes "The Trouble with Trenton" or "How the Battle of Trenton was Won" is a “mini” historical look at an amazing piece of our history presented with marionettes & rod puppets (and lots of help from the audience). Watch the battle unfold before your eyes, and see the action as it has never been seen before. Show includes live music, large puppets & props, and plenty of “revolting” action. Must be booked through the Trenton Barracks. (609) 396-1776, Barracks@voicenet.com

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Beanstalks Beanstalks, Beasts and Buffoons
Two famous tales of Jack are wound together in this lively presentation. The timeless favorites of Jack & the Beanstalk and Lazy Jack spring to life with merry laughter, thrilling suspense and comic surprise.
Suitable for auditorium or theater performance spaces, Beanstalks, Beasts & Buffoons combines puppetry, storytelling and live music into an unforgettable presentation of familiar and little-known stories.
Length of presentation - 50 Minutes.
Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 5 years to adult.
Maximum audience size - 450.
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Bookineers The Bookaneers
The search for the source of all knowledge has been an age-old quest of the human race. But when a crew of mixed-up pirates set off to conquer the world on board the good ship Dictionary, learning becomes a hilarious adventure! Will they ever discover the treasure cove of Wisdom and Facts and rule the world? Join Captain Dewey and First Mate Decimal as they sail the seven seas toward true knowledge, and considerable laughter.
Total presentation - 30 Minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 4 years to adult.
Maximum audience size - 350.
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cinderella  Cinderella
Based on an 18th Century translation of the famous Charles Perrault 1697 collection of Fairy Tales, Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre’s presents the famous rags-to-riches tale. The story of Cinderella and her handsome Prince is sure to delight and entertain you. Suitable for 18th century historic sites.
Length of Presentation: 30 Minutes, suitable for medium to large audiences, ages 5 to adult. Maximum audience size - 350.
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Jeffrey bear Circus Dream
Have you ever dreamed of being in the Circus? Well Jeffrey the Bear has wanted to be a circus clown for as long as he could remember. He has dreamed of having the chance to perform and make people laugh, under the Big Top his whole life… or is it just a dream?
 Circus Dream takes us on wonderful journey of the imagination to a place where dreams really are capable of coming true, and little bears can be big stars. Oh yes, dreams can come true.
Length of Presentation - 30 minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 4 and up.
Maximum audience size - 300

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clown"Cirkus""Cirkus"
A circus band begins to play, a siren whistle sounds and suddenly a zany ringmaster appears to introduce the show. He and his clown "assistants" (hard working Ralph and happy-go-lucky Tumbles) are determined to see the show go on, despite bungled magic tricks and escaping animals. The result is a bit of rampaging craziness and the ultimate in clowning around. Cirkus combines a lively variety show format with lovable characters for half an hour of fun. Guaranteed to amuse children of all ages with constant surprises and clever twists.
Length of presentation - 30 Minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 3 years to adult.
Maximum audience size - 300.
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Duck and KingDrakestail, The Creative Duck
Based on an old French folk-tale, The Creative Duck is the story of magical duck who happens to be a financial genius. When a nasty, evil king attempts to steal a fortune in gold from our hero, he must devise some very creative ways to foil the underhanded monarch. But are a magic shrinking flute & a helping horn enough to allow the duck and his friends to overcome financial & physical destruction? Is a bail-out plan even possible? And how will this effect interest rates? Join our unflappable hero as he and his unlikely band of friends use a combination of music and all their creative skills to retrieve his gold & avoid being destroyed by the wicked king.
Length of presentation - 40 minutes. Suitable for medium to large audiences from ages 4 to adult.
Maximum audience size - 450
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duckDuck!
Yes, the beauty and serenity of a woodland pond has inspired many a painter & poet; the cheerful singing of the birds, the gentle rustle of the wind in the trees, the mesmerizing buzzing of the bees, but some days all is not as serene as one would wish. Is it really possible for all of nature to conspire to ruin your peaceful day? And how many lives does a duck need to survive a quiet day in the woods?
Length of presentation - 40 minutes. Suitable for medium to large audiences from ages 4 to adult.
Maximum audience size - 450
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SantaThe Elves' Toy
What a surprise! A Christmas toy that comes to life! If the elves can only mass-produce a toy like that, they'll make a fortune. Only after many attempts, and some near disasters, do they learn that it takes more than clever gadgets and gears to bring a toy to life. A wondrous Christmas story about a beloved and unusual toy, and the problems that develop when some of Santa's elves try to exploit a very special situation.
Length of presentation - 30 Minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 4 years to adult.
Maximum audience size - 300.
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FairFair Brown and Trembling
Trembling, the youngest daughter of the King of Tir Conal, was kind and beautiful beyond description. But her jealous older sisters, not wanting the world to know of her beauty, force her to remain at home, cleaning and tending the ashes. But after a poor old henwife comes to visit, Trembling soon has Fair, Brown and the entire kingdom trying to uncover the whereabouts of the maiden with the magic shoe! This classic production magnificently presents the beauty of the Irish countryside as Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre recounts the Celtic version of the famous rags-to-riches tale. The story of Trembling and her handsome prince is sure to delight and entertain you.
Length of presentation - 30 Minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 5 years to adult.
Maximum audience size - 350
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GiantFinn and the Giant
No matter how big or strong you are, you may someday meet your match. But what do you do when you meet a giant who is bigger and stronger, and who doesn't like your new walkway across the Atlantic Ocean? You may have to outsmart him! But can the mighty Finn MacCool outwit the great Scottish giant? Watch the fun as Finn and his wife Una attempt one of the funniest scams ever devised. Let Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre take you back to a time of giants and heroes, and reveal how the famous Giant's Causeway was formed in the far northern reaches of ancient Ireland.
Length of presentation - 30 Minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from 4 years to adult.
Maximum audience size - 350.
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GAP-THM.jpg - 26160 BytesThe Galtee Piper
On All Hallows Eve many strange and unusual beings are thought to wander the countryside. Not the recommended time for a simple-minded piper to be out and about! But Michael Murphy will have to learn this for himself when he is "commissioned" to provide the music for the Banshee's Halloween feast; and encounters some of ancient Ireland's legendary creatures in this old Celtic tale. Set in the mountains of southeast Ireland, this half hour production is a real showpiece, suitable for presentation anytime of the year, but especially appropriate at Halloween.
Length of presentation - 30 Minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 5 years to adult.
Maximum audience size - 350.
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The Goose is Loose  The Goose is Loose!
How can Mother Goose have lost her Goose? And where in the land of Nursery Rhymes did she wander? Poor Mother Goose must enlist the aid of her many friends as she seeks to find poor Lucy Goosey. Will her search through the Nursery Rhymes be successful? Can Simple Simon find a simple solution? Is a clue hiding under Miss Muffet’s tuffet? This "yarn" features crocheted hand puppets.
Length of presentation - 30 or 40 minutes, Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 3 to adult.
Maximum audience size - 250

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WitchHalloween Cabaret
Don't turn out the lights! If you do, one of the ghostly pests might re-arrange your face! Or even worse, they might not tell you where they hid your nose! And be careful, or something even more cantankerous might make you die laughing! But don't worry too much, its all part of the fun when Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre presents Halloween Cabaret. Frighteningly entertaining, Halloween Cabaret combines puppetry, storytelling and live music into an unforgettable spirited presentation.
Length of presentation - 30 Minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 5 years to adult.
Maximum audience size - 400.
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TNT-thm.jpg - 22747 Bytes I'll Take No Tea
A pseudo-historical look at the Tea Party craze of 1773-74, I’ll Take No Tea! recounts the tale of the Colonies famous tax revolt as its never been told before. Follow our band of revelers as they put the “tea” in “team-work” and cause great grief for old King George and his tax collectors. Show includes live music (with historical costumes, if appropriate), and plenty of “revolting” action.
Length of presentation - 30 Minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 7 years to adult. Maximum audience size - 300.
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WolfIt's the Wolf!
Some days are bad; others are big, bad & particularly troublesome. On this particular day, you're really in trouble if you happen to be a hungry wolf. And a day like the one Mr. Furr E. Wolf experiences, would make a Bengal Tiger become a vegetarian. Join us as we follow Mr. Wolf through some of his most famous adventures: Three Little Pigs , Br'er Rabbit & The Wolf, Red Riding Hood and The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. (What's a wolf doing in 3 Billy Goats Gruff ?)
Length of presentation - 30 Minutes (40 Minutes with 3 Billy Goats Gruff). Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 4 years to adult.
Maximum Audience Size: 350.
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JasperJasper's Underground Adventure
It seemed like a normal school-day for Jasper until,... Darn! He loses his milk money. Could it have fallen into that large hole? There's only one way to find out. And that leads to a string of daring adventures and some close encounters with strange creatures from a world Jasper never knew existed. Will Jasper get his milk money back? Can he get to school on time? Will he have to miss soccer practice? Is there a way to return?... Will he ever be seen on earth again? The exciting conclusion of Jasper Goes to School awaits you!
Length of presentation - 40 Minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 5 years to adult.
Maximum audience size - 350.
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MouseJingle Bell the Cat
Everything's quiet; as quiet as a mouse, in fact, until the cat appears and disrupts the party plans of the mice. Now Maynard, Max, Missie and Margaret have their work cut out for them as they plan a holiday party and try to avoid becoming the ingredients for the cat's "micemeat" pie! In this holiday version of Aesop's Fable "Belling the Cat", the clever mice must outwit the cat (and learn a little about the holiday spirit of sharing) or they'll have no holiday party.
Length of presentation - 45 Minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 4 years to adult.
Maximum audience size - 450.
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ChefMime Your Own Business
Can you really drill a hole through to China with a jackhammer? Do you know how ridiculous it is to play classical piano in the wind? And how high can a frog jump without sneakers? All varieties of nonsensical behavior are a part of our business in Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre's fascinating non-verbal collection of hilarious unpredictable events. Fantasy, the ordinary, and the utterly impossible abound in this unusual show. Using music, motion and sound effects to complement a fascinating cast of characters, Mime Your Own Business is an entertaining wordless exploration through the heart of puppetry.
Length of presentation - 30 or 40 Minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 6 to adult.
Maximum Audience Size - 350.
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Rainbow BirdOnce Upon a Planet
The kingdom's last magic Rainbow Bird has died, and the land of Here-N-Now is panic stricken. Without the magic bird, the kingdom is powerless against the onslaught of the dreaded Leaf Munchers. Princess Molly must find another Rainbow Bird or all will be lost! As she races the approaching invasion and faces a hazardous world, our heroine learns the importance of the three R's: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. And that extinction means never having the chance to say your sorry. With often questionable assistance from the Green Crone, a very silly Rainbow Bird, and a host of characters straight from the trash can, Molly pursues her quest.
Length of presentation - 45 Minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 6 years to adult.
Maximum audience size - 400.
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PeterPeter Rabbit Tales
The favorite of children the world over, Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit stories have been loved for generations. Now Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre brings them to life in irresistible style with clever scenery and turn-of-the-century costumes for an unforgettable theater experience. Included are: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny ,and The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse.
Total presentation - 45 Minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 4 years to adult.
Maximum audience size - 400.
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LeprechaunThe Pot of Gold
Catch a leprechaun and a pot of gold is yours! But sometimes its not easy to collect the promised treasure. Our crafty shoemaker from the land of the wee folk is not about to be out-foxed by his audience, no matter how tricky they think they are! Members of the audience are employed as the actors in this little tale from Erin fair. Unpredictable events often occur as our life-sized trickster attempts to get his way!
Length of presentation - 20 Minutes. Suitable for medium sized audiences from ages 5 years to adult.
Maximum audience size - 300.
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PunchPunch and Judy
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Gather 'round and observe the antics of one of the best known performers of all time! Why, for more than 350 years, standing room only crowds have enjoyed these merriments! Who, you ask? Of course, we're talking about the one and only, Mr. Punch! The best known heroes of the puppet stage are alive and well and living behind our proscenium. Performed with traditional merry madness, Punch & Judy includes live music (with historical costumes, if appropriate), and plenty of mayhem as we present the escapades of the original hit man.
Length of presentation - 25 Minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 5 years to adult.
Maximum audience size - 300.
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sgdthm copy.jpg - 12769 BytesSaint George and the Dragon
For more than a thousand years, the tale of the famous battle between St. George and the fearsome dragon has captures our imaginations. Based on the early mummers' plays, our version portrays the battle between darkness and light with much merriment, frivolity and mirth. Performed with live music and historically costumed puppeteers, if appropriate, this show can be performed outside at faires and festivals.
Length of presentation - 30 minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 5 years to adult.
Maximum audience size - 300.
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Sock Monkey Sock Monkey Mysteries
For our youngest audiences. Short interactive adventures, each with a gentle lesson. They include "Pop goes the Weasel" why has Purple Weasel disappeared? "What's in the Closet?" why is there noise coming out of the closet? "The Case of the Missing Banana" where did the banana go? "Teddy Bears Picnic" the sock monkies' teddy bears go missing. More titles are added frequently, including holiday themed shows.
Length of Presentation: 30 minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences ages 3 and up. Maximum audience size - 350
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SOB-THM.jpg - 21120 Bytes Shadow of the Bug
Cordelia Catawailer has disappeared. Her slimy agent is frantic, and he has hired the Prying Mantis Detective Agency to look into the matter. The case has landed on the desk of crack FBI (Fuzzy Bug Investigator) Agent Sam Shovel. The prime suspect, an old lady known to be an insectivore, isn’t telling all she knows. And the CSI (Caterpillar Sighting Investigator) team, with the help of the marching ants, has followed a trail that grows colder by the minute. Sam’s boss, a real tyrant, is getting impatient. The case must be solved or she might bite his head off (literally). Follow the shadowy clues as Sam encounters Itsy-Bitsy Spiders, a Flea Circus, a chorus line and a little white duck and tries to solve the case of the missing singer. Presented with shadow puppets, The Shadow of the Bug is a mystery you won’t to miss!
Length of presentation - 45 Minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 4 years to adult.
Maximum audience size - 350
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RustySorcerer's Apprentice
The castle of an evil magician is a dangerous place for a young boy with uncontrolled curiosity. Our youthful hero must cope with some pretty messy predicaments after he is apprenticed to his wicked master. Can Rusty save the wood-nymphs and overcome the power hungry sorcerer? Will the forest ever be freed from the spell of darkness? The Brothers Grimm classic fairy tale comes to life on the stage of Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre in this half-hour presentation, bringing you about as much fun as you can have in the dungeon of an old castle.
Length of presentation - 30 Minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 5 years to adult.
Maximum audience size - 350.
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MamaThree Bears!
Four stories, three bears are featured in this collection of bear tales by Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Why Bear Sleeps All Winter, Bringin' Home the Bacon and The Two Fellows and the Bear
Total presentation - 60 Minutes (40 Minute versions available). Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 3 years to adult.
Maximum audience size - 800.
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Trickster Photo Trickster Tales
The trail to trickery can be a slippery road indeed! Sometimes the trickster fools his prey, and sometimes the tale (or is that tail?) gets turned. Join Tuckers’ Tales as we present four very amusing trickster stories from around the world. Br’er Bear Goes Farming - a Br'er Rabbit story from the Southern US, Coyote Meets the Pitchman - a Native American tale, Anansi and the Two Feasts – The tales of the great African trickster, Goat’s Two Close Calls - an old Moroccan folk tale.
Total presentation - 40 Minutes. Suitable for medium to large sized audiences from age 4 years to adult. Maximum Audience Size: 350.
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BillyWill O' The Wisp
Three unrestricted wishes! Anything you can think to ask for will be yours! An opportunity like this can yield incredible benefits... or difficulties. Especially if you happen to be a lazy blacksmith named Billy Dawson. Old Billy is a clever rogue; or so he thinks. But when he attempts to outwit both heaven and hell, he creates a devil of a problem for himself! An old Appalachian folk tale,
Will O' the Wisp is suitable for medium to large sized audiences from ages 7 years to adult. Length of presentation - 35 Minutes.
Maximum audience size - 350.
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