STORYTIME

Traditional Tales With A Twist! Digital Storytelling by Gav Cross

'A Scene from Maya Bazaar'

Ghatotkacha, the son of Bhima and Hidimba in the Indian epic, 'Mahabharata', is renowned for his bravery, courage, and skill. Listen to this story of Ghatotkacha in true company theatre style while also saying "hi!" to the characters!

A family theatre group that goes back many generations, Sri Venkateswara Surabhi Theatre is one of the most renowned company theatre troupes across the world. With a repertory of plays based in Hindu mythology and Puranas, this travelling troupe takes their plays across the country, including performing at internationally-recognized festivals such as the Bharat Rang Mahotsav and Bahuroopi, among others. The 6th-generation director, Surabhi Jayachandra Varma, who currently leads the troupe, is a recipient of the prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Award, 2016. 

Ranga Shankara AHA!'s "Little Cloud", our signature storytelling programme, is back with Series 3, and this time, 13 storytellers come together to perform 14 stories for children aged 4 and above. These stories are a delightful mix of 6 languages (Kannada, English, Tamil, Hindi, Marathi, and Telugu) and the classical Indian tradition of Kutiyattam - the perfect holiday gift for those young of age and young of heart!

Ranga Shankara AHA!'s Little Cloud Series 1 and 2 are available on Ranga Shankara's YouTube channel and Facebook page. 

For enquiries on Ranga Shankara's AHA! - programming@rangashankara.in

#RangaShankaraAHA #LittleCloud #StorytellingforChildren
Ranga Shankara AHA!'s Little Cloud Series 3 - Sri Venkateswara Surabhi Theatre (Telugu)

'A Scene from Maya Bazaar'

Ghatotkacha, the son of Bhima and Hidimba in the Indian epic, 'Mahabharata', is renowned for his bravery, courage, and skill. Listen to this story of Ghatotkacha in true company theatre style while also saying "hi!" to the characters!

A family theatre group that goes back many generations, Sri Venkateswara Surabhi Theatre is one of the most renowned company theatre troupes across the world. With a repertory of plays based in Hindu mythology and Puranas, this travelling troupe takes their plays across the country, including performing at internationally-recognized festivals such as the Bharat Rang Mahotsav and Bahuroopi, among others. The 6th-generation director, Surabhi Jayachandra Varma, who currently leads the troupe, is a recipient of the prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Award, 2016.

Ranga Shankara AHA!'s "Little Cloud", our signature storytelling programme, is back with Series 3, and this time, 13 storytellers come together to perform 14 stories for children aged 4 and above. These stories are a delightful mix of 6 languages (Kannada, English, Tamil, Hindi, Marathi, and Telugu) and the classical Indian tradition of Kutiyattam - the perfect holiday gift for those young of age and young of heart!

Ranga Shankara AHA!'s Little Cloud Series 1 and 2 are available on Ranga Shankara's YouTube channel and Facebook page.

For enquiries on Ranga Shankara's AHA! - programming@rangashankara.in

#RangaShankaraAHA #LittleCloud #StorytellingforChildren

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Ranga Shankara AHA!'s Little Cloud Series 3 - Sri Venkateswara Surabhi Theatre (Telugu)

"The Elephant's Nose"

Why does the elephant have such a long nose? What's the story behind the elephant's nose? Find out from Pallavi's "Doddappa" (Uncle)!

 A multi-talented artiste, MD Pallavi is an actor, theatre producer, script-writer, director and dubbing artist, and before everything, a singer with an enchanting voice and rich contribution to music. She has won several laurels for music and theatre. A Ranga Shankara regular, you'll find that she can spin a story just as well as she can sing. 

The importance and relevance of stories remain unchanged through the years; it is the way we move forward. It is with this aim and the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves in that made us take our signature storytelling programme, "Little Cloud" (under AHA! - Theatre for Children) onto a digital platform. All the videos were shot during the COVID-19 lockdown with just phone cameras! 

As our Artistic Advisor, Arundhati Nag, puts it, "Today, more than ever before, as we look into the way we have conducted our lives and the kind of world we are going to bequeath to the little ones, we need to share with them stories. Stories that will enlarge their sense of  self-sufficiency, respect for others, sense of justice, sharing, caring and many more ways to negotiate and shape the different world ahead."

For enquiries on Ranga Shankara's AHA! - rangashankaraaha1@gmail.com.

To reach the artiste: 

FB: @M D Pallavi 
Instagram: @pallavi_md

#RangaShankaraAHA #15YearsofRangaShankara #LittleCloud #StorytellingforChildren
Ranga Shankara AHA!'s Little Cloud - M D Pallavi (Kannada)

"The Elephant's Nose"

Why does the elephant have such a long nose? What's the story behind the elephant's nose? Find out from Pallavi's "Doddappa" (Uncle)!

A multi-talented artiste, MD Pallavi is an actor, theatre producer, script-writer, director and dubbing artist, and before everything, a singer with an enchanting voice and rich contribution to music. She has won several laurels for music and theatre. A Ranga Shankara regular, you'll find that she can spin a story just as well as she can sing.

The importance and relevance of stories remain unchanged through the years; it is the way we move forward. It is with this aim and the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves in that made us take our signature storytelling programme, "Little Cloud" (under AHA! - Theatre for Children) onto a digital platform. All the videos were shot during the COVID-19 lockdown with just phone cameras!

As our Artistic Advisor, Arundhati Nag, puts it, "Today, more than ever before, as we look into the way we have conducted our lives and the kind of world we are going to bequeath to the little ones, we need to share with them stories. Stories that will enlarge their sense of self-sufficiency, respect for others, sense of justice, sharing, caring and many more ways to negotiate and shape the different world ahead."

For enquiries on Ranga Shankara's AHA! - rangashankaraaha1@gmail.com.

To reach the artiste:

FB: @M D Pallavi
Instagram: @pallavi_md

#RangaShankaraAHA #15YearsofRangaShankara #LittleCloud #StorytellingforChildren

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Ranga Shankara AHA!'s Little Cloud - M D Pallavi (Kannada)

Tales from the Forest - Audio Tales - Episode 1 (inc BSL and Captioning)

Tales from the Forest - Audio Tales - Episode 2 (inc BSL and Captioning)

Tales from the Forest - Audio Tales - Episode 3 (inc BSL and Captioning)

Join SCT in watching Aiko Bethea as she facilitates a powerful post-show discussion of ‘A Kids Play About Racism’ with Khalia Davis (Director & Adapter), LaNesha DeBardelaben (Executive Director at NAAM), Kennedy Dawson (High School Senior) and Johamy Morales (SCT Director of Education) on how history, education, personal experience, and art intersect, equip, and inspire young people to change the world. Use this exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes of the new play, learn more about the source material, and the impact that art can have on children, families and educators.

A groundbreaking collaboration among 41 Theatres for Young Audiences across the United States, led by the lead producing team of Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, will present  the virtual premiere of A Kids Play About Racism, a theatrical adaptation of Jelani Memory’s A Kids Book About Racism. Premiering August 1 and 2 on the streaming platform Broadway On Demand, the new work is adapted and directed by award-winning director and TYA artist Khalia Davis and will be brought to life by an entirely Black and BIPOC cast and creative team from across the United States. A Kids Play About Racism will utilize theatre to offer young children and families a way to engage in meaningful conversation about race.

Learn more about ‘A Kids Play About Racism’ and the TYA theatres involved who helped bring it to life at www.akidsplayabout.org.

Resources and Sources Mentioned In The Panel:

Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesseattle.org/
A Kids Book About Racism: https://akidsbookabout.com/products/a-kids-book-about-racism
Active Audience Guide for A Kids Play About Racism: https://www.akidsplayabout.org/more/#edmats
Programming and Community Events at NAAM: https://www.naamnw.org/events
Rev. Odis Moss III: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkJlT00onrA&feature=youtu.be
Rev. Odis Moss III:  https://www.ucc.org/racism_a_deadly_virus_that_white_people_must_help_eradicate_ucc_panel_says
James Baldwin: https://www.nytimes.com/1962/01/14/archives/as-much-truth-as-one-can-bear-to-speak-out-about-the-world-as-it-is.html
Maya Angelou: “On Pulse of Morning” https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/e11f/20c2fd33b69b889888fd4a7595ae6196b1d6.pdf?_ga=2.1661366.66348222.1596229981 1195225348.1596229981
Meditation for kids: https://insighttimer.com/meditation-topics/children 
Different Ways to be an Activist, from Anti-Defamation League: https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/10-ways-youth-can-engage-in-activism
Khalia’s Entertainment for young people: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsBWDiU05rRnMVKzRtwqVoA
We See You White American Theatre: https://www.weseeyouwat.com/
Black Theatre United: https://www.blacktheatreunited.com/
Interrupting Privilege Seminar: https://www.naamnw.org/naam-blog/interrupting-privilege-essay
Nia’s Neighborhood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bzhDmr78Bw
Idris Goodwin, FREE PLAY: http://www.tyausa.org/freeplay/
Jose Casas: https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/play-at-home/
Paige Hernandez: http://www.paigehernandez.com/
Play at Home: https://www.playathome.org/
Playscripts free plays: https://www.playscripts.com/free-reads
Antiracist Baby: https://www.ibramxkendi.com/books-1
Little Leaders: https://www.vashtiharrison.com/little-leaders 
She Persisted: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/561884/she-persisted-by-chelsea-clinton-illustrated-by-alexandra-boiger/
A Kids Play About Racism | SCT Post-Show Panel Discussion

Join SCT in watching Aiko Bethea as she facilitates a powerful post-show discussion of ‘A Kids Play About Racism’ with Khalia Davis (Director & Adapter), LaNesha DeBardelaben (Executive Director at NAAM), Kennedy Dawson (High School Senior) and Johamy Morales (SCT Director of Education) on how history, education, personal experience, and art intersect, equip, and inspire young people to change the world. Use this exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes of the new play, learn more about the source material, and the impact that art can have on children, families and educators.

A groundbreaking collaboration among 41 Theatres for Young Audiences across the United States, led by the lead producing team of Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, will present the virtual premiere of A Kids Play About Racism, a theatrical adaptation of Jelani Memory’s A Kids Book About Racism. Premiering August 1 and 2 on the streaming platform Broadway On Demand, the new work is adapted and directed by award-winning director and TYA artist Khalia Davis and will be brought to life by an entirely Black and BIPOC cast and creative team from across the United States. A Kids Play About Racism will utilize theatre to offer young children and families a way to engage in meaningful conversation about race.

Learn more about ‘A Kids Play About Racism’ and the TYA theatres involved who helped bring it to life at www.akidsplayabout.org.

Resources and Sources Mentioned In The Panel:

Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesseattle.org/
A Kids Book About Racism: https://akidsbookabout.com/products/a-kids-book-about-racism
Active Audience Guide for A Kids Play About Racism: https://www.akidsplayabout.org/more/#edmats
Programming and Community Events at NAAM: https://www.naamnw.org/events
Rev. Odis Moss III: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkJlT00onrA&feature=youtu.be
Rev. Odis Moss III: https://www.ucc.org/racism_a_deadly_virus_that_white_people_must_help_eradicate_ucc_panel_says
James Baldwin: https://www.nytimes.com/1962/01/14/archives/as-much-truth-as-one-can-bear-to-speak-out-about-the-world-as-it-is.html
Maya Angelou: “On Pulse of Morning” https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/e11f/20c2fd33b69b889888fd4a7595ae6196b1d6.pdf?_ga=2.1661366.66348222.1596229981 1195225348.1596229981
Meditation for kids: https://insighttimer.com/meditation-topics/children
Different Ways to be an Activist, from Anti-Defamation League: https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/10-ways-youth-can-engage-in-activism
Khalia’s Entertainment for young people: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsBWDiU05rRnMVKzRtwqVoA
We See You White American Theatre: https://www.weseeyouwat.com/
Black Theatre United: https://www.blacktheatreunited.com/
Interrupting Privilege Seminar: https://www.naamnw.org/naam-blog/interrupting-privilege-essay
Nia’s Neighborhood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bzhDmr78Bw
Idris Goodwin, FREE PLAY: http://www.tyausa.org/freeplay/
Jose Casas: https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/play-at-home/
Paige Hernandez: http://www.paigehernandez.com/
Play at Home: https://www.playathome.org/
Playscripts free plays: https://www.playscripts.com/free-reads
Antiracist Baby: https://www.ibramxkendi.com/books-1
Little Leaders: https://www.vashtiharrison.com/little-leaders
She Persisted: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/561884/she-persisted-by-chelsea-clinton-illustrated-by-alexandra-boiger/

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A Kids Play About Racism | SCT Post-Show Panel Discussion

Special thanks to Kansas City, Kansas Public Library for allowing us to use this video and for helping us to further spread kindness all over the world through the messages in this wonderful book.

LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET ARRIVES AT DCT WITH HEARTFELT IMAGINATION

(DALLAS, TX) – Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) continues its 2019-2020 season with LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET, running from March 21 through April 5 at the Rosewood Center for the Arts. Based on The New York Times bestseller that won a Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and a Caldecott Honor, LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET is a compassionate tale filled with both the mature joy of a grandparent and the pure wonder of a child. 

The story follows young CJ and his Nana on their journey as they board the public bus for their weekly trip across town to help out at a soup kitchen. Along the way, CJ notices the many differences among people and asks tons of curious questions: Why don’t we have a car? How come that man can’t see? How come it’s always so dirty over there? How? Why? With Nana’s fearless and compassionate guidance, CJ discovers that everyone and everything has a unique rhythm and purpose; that the world’s got answers if CJ listens with more than his ears and sees with more than his eyes.

Directed by vickie washington (North Texas director, actress, and teacher at Booker T. Washington for the Performing Arts) LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET carries the poignant message of the picture book without ever losing the fun. “While riding the bus with CJ and Nana, we learn the value of meeting people where they are, and the joy of opening our hearts and minds to the experiences of others.” washington says, smiling. “With all that is happening in our city and in our world today, these are very important lessons for all of us.”

Playwright Gloria Bond Clunie will be in Dallas for three weeks working with the team to further develop the play.  Dallas is one of the first cities to get to host the play.  According to Clunie, “Dallas Children’s Theatre’s commitment to bringing me to Dallas to continue working on the play after the initial work done in Charlotte, North Carolina, creates the opportunity to further explore this all important story for young people. Our work will be fueled by the knowledge gained in an excellent first production coupled with the insight generated from a new creative team at Dallas Children’s Theatre. “She adds, “This type of commitment helps to ensure the development of compelling theatre for the young, which will strengthen the canon of theatre for children with works that have ongoing relevance.”

Imaginative and hopeful in its capture of the genuine struggles of the everyday, LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET is a gentle journey recommended for ages 4 and up.  In the spirit of true kindness, these funders have stepped up to make this collaboration with the playwright a reality:  Jean Baptists(Tad) Adoue III Fund of The Dallas Foundation; TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund; The M.R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation; Capital One; The Howard Family in loving memory of Eleanor “Gammy” Howard and Southwest Airlines.

LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET
By Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson 
Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal 
Adapted by Gloria Bond Clunie
Directed by vicki washington
March 21 – April 5, 2020
Recommended for ages 4 and up

Performance Dates and Times:
- Saturday, March 21, 1:30 PM
- Sunday, March 22, 1:30 PM
- Sunday, March 22, 4:30 PM (ASL)
- Saturday, March 28, 1:30 PM (Sensory-Friendly)
- Sunday, March 29, 1:30 PM
- Saturday, April 4, 1:30 PM 
- Saturday, April 4, 4:30 PM
- Sunday, April 5, 1:30 PM 

Ticket Prices:
$15-$28 for single tickets. Prices subject to change. Group rates available for parties of 10 or more. Phone reservations required for Sensory-Friendly performances. Call the Box Office for details, 214-740-0051. General tickets are available online at dct.org

Weekday Student Matinee shows also available Tuesdays through Fridays. Call Dallas Children's Theater at 214-978-0120 or visit dct.org/fieldtrips
Matt de la Pena reads Last Stop on Market Street.

Special thanks to Kansas City, Kansas Public Library for allowing us to use this video and for helping us to further spread kindness all over the world through the messages in this wonderful book.

LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET ARRIVES AT DCT WITH HEARTFELT IMAGINATION

(DALLAS, TX) – Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) continues its 2019-2020 season with LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET, running from March 21 through April 5 at the Rosewood Center for the Arts. Based on The New York Times bestseller that won a Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and a Caldecott Honor, LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET is a compassionate tale filled with both the mature joy of a grandparent and the pure wonder of a child.

The story follows young CJ and his Nana on their journey as they board the public bus for their weekly trip across town to help out at a soup kitchen. Along the way, CJ notices the many differences among people and asks tons of curious questions: Why don’t we have a car? How come that man can’t see? How come it’s always so dirty over there? How? Why? With Nana’s fearless and compassionate guidance, CJ discovers that everyone and everything has a unique rhythm and purpose; that the world’s got answers if CJ listens with more than his ears and sees with more than his eyes.

Directed by vickie washington (North Texas director, actress, and teacher at Booker T. Washington for the Performing Arts) LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET carries the poignant message of the picture book without ever losing the fun. “While riding the bus with CJ and Nana, we learn the value of meeting people where they are, and the joy of opening our hearts and minds to the experiences of others.” washington says, smiling. “With all that is happening in our city and in our world today, these are very important lessons for all of us.”

Playwright Gloria Bond Clunie will be in Dallas for three weeks working with the team to further develop the play. Dallas is one of the first cities to get to host the play. According to Clunie, “Dallas Children’s Theatre’s commitment to bringing me to Dallas to continue working on the play after the initial work done in Charlotte, North Carolina, creates the opportunity to further explore this all important story for young people. Our work will be fueled by the knowledge gained in an excellent first production coupled with the insight generated from a new creative team at Dallas Children’s Theatre. “She adds, “This type of commitment helps to ensure the development of compelling theatre for the young, which will strengthen the canon of theatre for children with works that have ongoing relevance.”

Imaginative and hopeful in its capture of the genuine struggles of the everyday, LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET is a gentle journey recommended for ages 4 and up. In the spirit of true kindness, these funders have stepped up to make this collaboration with the playwright a reality: Jean Baptists(Tad) Adoue III Fund of The Dallas Foundation; TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund; The M.R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation; Capital One; The Howard Family in loving memory of Eleanor “Gammy” Howard and Southwest Airlines.

LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET
By Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson
Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal
Adapted by Gloria Bond Clunie
Directed by vicki washington
March 21 – April 5, 2020
Recommended for ages 4 and up

Performance Dates and Times:
- Saturday, March 21, 1:30 PM
- Sunday, March 22, 1:30 PM
- Sunday, March 22, 4:30 PM (ASL)
- Saturday, March 28, 1:30 PM (Sensory-Friendly)
- Sunday, March 29, 1:30 PM
- Saturday, April 4, 1:30 PM
- Saturday, April 4, 4:30 PM
- Sunday, April 5, 1:30 PM

Ticket Prices:
$15-$28 for single tickets. Prices subject to change. Group rates available for parties of 10 or more. Phone reservations required for Sensory-Friendly performances. Call the Box Office for details, 214-740-0051. General tickets are available online at dct.org

Weekday Student Matinee shows also available Tuesdays through Fridays. Call Dallas Children's Theater at 214-978-0120 or visit dct.org/fieldtrips

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Matt de la Pena reads Last Stop on Market Street.

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