Thank you for choosing Act!vated Story Theatre for your special event. You can expect a confirmation form within a few weeks of scheduling your show. Please check our online schedule to be sure the time and date of your program are correct. This page provides useful information for both library reading programs and school family nights. It will also be useful for theatres, museums and other venues wishing to draw a crowd.
Be sure and read our article featuring excellent advice shared with us by several of the librarians we've performed for year after year, about how they manage to "pack the house", time and time again.
Information you can share with your audience about the Virtual Experience:
Two tales staged for imaginative kids who love stories. Act!vated Story Theatre presents "The Tortoise and the Hare". Drink tea and play tennis with the overconfident tap dancing Hare as you root for the slow and steady Tortoise to win the race.
Followed by the Polynesian tale of "Hina Moves to the Moon". Come along for the ride as Hina makes her own way in the world and gets a special invitation from her friend the Moon.
The Act!vated Actors pull out all of the stops to engage, delight and educate young audiences. Hula, ukulele, acrobatic tricks, spinning poi balls, silly costumes, comedy and American Sign Language bring these stories to life before a giant over-sized book.
Multiple camera angles bring you up on stage and into the action. You will also get to peek behind the curtain to see what happens backstage during a live show.
Running Time: 40 minutes
About the Live Chat Session
During the live interactive session: Learn more about the stories, how the production was filmed and get acting and American Sign Language tips. Plus the performer/creators will answer any questions you may have. 30-45 minutes dependending on level of audience participation.
Act!vated Story Theatre has universal appeal to all types of audiences. Marketing surveys have shown that children's theater attracts not just children, but the entire family. Preschoolers and infants are captivated by the Sign Language and physical comedy in Act!vated plays, students are drawn to the silliness and adults appreciate the witty dialogue.
- Families The performers promote families working, learning, traveling and playing together.
- Homeschoolers Contact local homeschoolers and ask them to spread the word to their groups. Let them know the Goza Family homeschools on the road. They may be interested in scheduling additional workshops or lectures for their groups. This is a great group to tap when looking for volunteers to "guest-star".
- Scout Groups The shows offer opportunities for scouts working on badges in communication, theatre arts, folktales,and reading. These are great groups to tap when looking for volunteers to "guest-star".
- Deaf/Hard of Hearing and ASL Students The play prominently features American Sign Language, as a means to encourage hearing audiences to explore the language, in addition to making the stories more accessible (an interpreter still should be provided). Deaf and Hard of Hearing are also welcome to participate as "Guest Stars".
- Theatre Students and Theatre Lovers of all ages. Contact local theatre classes and drama groups and invite them to participate as "Guest Stars".
- Senior Groups Contact the activity/social directors of retirement centers, inviting them to bring a group from their facility.
Additional Ways to Publicize
Fun Pre-Show Tie-In Activities
Start setting the stage a month or so in advance by hosting a series of activities that tie in to your upcoming event.
- In the preceding weeks, choose a story from the folktale library, to read aloud at your standard story time. Encourage the participants to get involved by acting it out as you read to them.
- Use our Study Guide page for theatre and craft activities that you can incorporate during your story times.
- Prominently list the event on your organization's web site and on the sites of your community's various arts organizations.
- Link to our folktale library, so kids will be able to enjoy stories while they wait for the big day.
- Social Media: Please @ us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram when you promote the show on your social media sites and use the hashtag #activatedstory.
Send media releases to the newspapers and radio and TV stations in the area (including regional public radio and television stations, since storytelling and performing arts patrons often are willing to travel a few miles
to attend a good show). Press releases and high resolution color photos suitable for print are available on Google Drive. Encourage newspapers and radio stations to interview the performers in advance. It's nice if the newspaper sends a photographer, or the TV station
sends a news crew the day of the show but it won't help bring in the crowds like advance publicity.
Local media representative may call the performers in advance for a phone interview, call our toll-free pager/voice
mail 1(800) 429-6576 and leave the name, telephone # and possible appointment times so the performers can call in from the road.
Act!vated Story Theatre generates
publicity because of the novelty and family appeal. Before sending materials to a publication, call to find out who will cover it and be sure to speak to that person. It is usually a feature writer who covers Arts & Entertainment; there may also be a section
for Lifestyles, Education, Family or Special Events. Let them know what materials are available, ask if they would be interested in doing a phone interview with the performers, and invite them to the show. Leave your number so they can call if they have questions
or need a quick quote. If they say they can only do an event listing, find out who can actually write a feature story. If they are too busy to do one from scratch, our press releases are designed to be printed as an article. Let reporters know about the Act!vated Story Theatre media
FOLLOW-UP: After the materials have been sent, it
helps to make follow-up calls to be sure they have reached the right person. Ask the reporter when they are planning to run the story and remind them about the dates. Often there is an Entertainment or Lifestyle section once a week; find out when and be
sure it runs in time (if the section or listing comes out on Sunday and the show is on Friday, it should run the week before). The more notice you have given them, the better the chance of high-profile coverage. It is especially important to remind the reporters
again as the date approaches.
PSA: Start by calling the appropriate stations and ask who is in charge of reading PSA's (Public Service Announcements). Fax or send the PSA to this person's attention. Ask if there is also
a calendar listing of events and fax or send the PSA to this person as well.
A!S are happy to record an audio PSA suited to the event, upon request.
ADDITIONAL AUDIO: Short stories by the Act!vated Story Theatre are available for stations which feature children's programming upon request.