In the Heart of the Beast regularly tours small “suitcase” shows and larger mainstage productions. Seasonal offerings include Skeletons in the Closet, a Day of the Dead story presented by Gustavo and Julie Boada.
We also travel for on-site residencies and collaborative ceremonies with host organizations. Please contact Lynette at email@example.com or phone 612-721-2535 ext. 3 if you are interested in bringing an HOBT production to your community.
New! Puppet Shows to Go: Guest Artists on Tour
Available through October 2013. We have Spanish language shows as well!
Nalah and the Pink Tiger
Grades pre-K – 5, 35 minutes.
Nalah and the pink tiger is based on a picture book of the same title by artist, author and puppeteer, Anne Sawyer-Aitch. She drew inspiration for this story from her lively little niece. She lives so intensely in her imagination that grown-ups around her view her as a troublemaker. Things come to a head when, in addition to all the exotic animals that Nalah has “placed” in the house, a pink tiger “follows” her home from the zoo and creates havoc. The story also celebrates the joyful explosiveness of a child’s imagination. Original soundtrack by Matt Larson.
Martina the Cockroach, and Perez the Mouse
La Cucarachita Martina y el Raton Perez
Grades K-4, 45 min.
This is a bilingual version of a Cuban and Puetro Rican folk tale. Martina is a beautiful, hardworking, dancing cockroach. She longs to be asked to the dance to find her true love. Through the help of her grandmother’s secret “coffee test” she finds her ideal mate, proving that good friendship is a good basis for love. The unlikely couple marry and live a simple life, overcoming obstacles and growing together.
Lupita Doesn’t Want to Sleep
Ages: 6 months – 9 years, 25 minutes.
This is a story about a feisty little girl who always finds a way to keep playing when it is time to go to sleep. The show highlights the joyful moments of parent-child relationships. Performed in English and Spanish.
Larger Scale Touring Shows
Are You Thirsty?
For grades 3 to Adult, 35-40 minutes.
A dynamic exploration of the myriad questions contained in a cup of water – one of our most precious and necessary shared resources. This performance demonstrates how much of the earth’s water is available for drinking, compares tap and bottled water, and helps us understand ourselves as part of the urban water cycle – bringing water issues vibrantly to life.
Skeletons in the Closet (A Day of the Dead Story)
Grades 1-9, 45 minutes
This bilingual (Spanish and English) puppet show is a tender story of children who are remembering their grandparents who have passed away. As the children follow their curiosity, they discover the meaning of Day of the Dead and that the connection they have with their grandparents continues beyond death. The story is a celebration of love and the cycle of life.
On the Day You Were Born
Pre-K – 3rd grade, 30 minutes
Based on the award winning children’s book by Debra Frasier, the story explores the scientific phenomena that unfolded on the day “you”entered the world. This toy theater production combines puppetry, poetry and music that celebrate the natural miracle of the earth. The author’s radiant collage illustrations translate to a miniature stage as puppeteers open trick boxes releasing the wonders described in the book.
Grades K-5, 30 minutes.
In Coyote Stories, Nimisee the clown will tell some favorite trickster tales of that lovable scamp, Coyote. Drawing from the stories of the Assiniboine of the Great Plains, the Aztecs of Mexico and the Okanagun and Salishan of the Great Basin, Coyote is a hero, a creator, and a self-centered show off with a kind heart. At a time when so many things cause us to weep, Coyote brings us together, nurtures our spirit, and reminds us to laugh.
Shota and the Star Quilt
Grades K-6, 40 minutes.
This story weaves together traditional folk values with modern concerns for the urban environment. Shota, a Lakota girl, and Esther, who is Jewish, are best friends. They live in the same apartment building and spend every day together. When a letter arrives to say that the apartment building will be redeveloped, they know that they face separation. While they are on vacation with Shota’s grandmother at Pine Ridge reservation, they decide to make a star quilt. Expressing a powerful celebration of their friendship and the homes and community they love, the quilt they create becomes central to their plan to resist the redevelopment.