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Kimberly
Acivated Storytellers
Multicultural Folktale Theater
The Act!vated Storytellers, two performers who have toured nationally since 1988, theatrically present two multicultural folktales with American Sign Language, physical comedy, acrobatics, audience participation and a giant over-sized book to promote reading, culture and arts. Residency available. Tour dates are limited. Please visit our web site for more information.
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Michael Oakes
Live Oakes Educational Theater
Enlightening Edu-tainment
A Christmas Carol, Ancient Greece and Rome, The Complete Condensed History of California, Colonies to Country, Coyote Tales, I Have a Dream: Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, In the Wake of Gold, Leonardo da Vinci, Muir of the Mountains, Shakespeare: Live!, and The Call of the Wild: Jack London.
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Mary Burkin
The Road Show
Women's History - Historic Theatrical Entertainment
Share an afternoon tea with Jane Austen; walk through Civil War battlefields with Clara Barton; risk imprisonment and vote with Susan B. Anthony; become part of a fairytale told by Louisa May Alcott - these and more one and two person shows are available for your school through THE ROAD SHOW
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Mark Beckwith
Razzle Bam Boom
200 Years of American Music
Take a musical trip across America and through history with zany duo, Razzle Bam Boom. From Folk, Hawaiian and Zydeco, to Jazz, Blues and Rock, the audience can't help feeling inspired by the dazzling display of Americana. "American music history was never this fun!" - LA Times.
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Glenda Bonin
Glenda Bonin, Storyteller
I am an audience-pleasing performer and resident artist bringing years of experience, fresh ideas and polished storytelling skills into situations where expectations are high. I provide confidence, creativity and achievement in an atmosphere of learning for enjoyment. My programs include some puppetry and a bit of magic.
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(831) 429-1936
Theatre of All Possibilities
SPIRIT OF AMERICA
"Incredible! It was like watching the curriculum go right across the assembly stage." Debbie Thomas, Teacher

History can be entertaining! The people and events that shaped our nation are seen from a fresh perspective during this fun and stimulating journey through American history, bringing the past alive to inspire hope for the future. A pre-show rehearsal incorporates students from your school to star on stage alongside professional actors! (K-8).

(831) 429-1936, info@toap.org, TheBestSchoolAssemblies.com

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HEROES – People Who Make a Difference
"A+ Everybody's raving about it! I was absolutely moved and so were the kids." Nancy Wagner, Resource Specialist

Heroes are everywhere! Visit extraordinary people from history whose achievements have touched our lives and discover the heroes everywhere around us who daily strive to make the world a better place to be – even heroes like you and me! A pre-show rehearsal incorporates students from your school to star on stage alongside professional actors! (K-6).

(831) 429-1936, info@toap.org, TheBestSchoolAssemblies.com

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CALIFORNIA OR BUST!
"You just taught my entire history curriculum in less than an hour and they'll remember more of it because of your amazingly entertaining performance!" Sylvia Sanchez, Teacher

Come on an exciting exploration of the land, history, and rich cultural diversity of the "Golden State." This fun and spirited presentation celebrates the people and events that have contributed to California's unique heritage, leaving a deep sense of pride in our cultural diversity and a reminder that we all belong. A pre-show rehearsal incorporates students from your school to star on stage alongside professional actors! (K-6).

(831) 429-1936, info@toap.org, TheBestSchoolAssemblies.com

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WORLDS OF WISDOM
"Your message is so essential and important and you have the gift of translating it through art." Penny Chesluk, Teacher

The literature of the world is filled with wondrous stories that sparkle with true gems of wisdom. We take some of these meaning-filled tales and weave them together into a fascinating adventure around the world, offering pearls of wisdom to the hearts and minds of young and old alike. A pre-show rehearsal incorporates students from your school to star on stage alongside professional actors! (K-6).

(831) 429-1936, info@toap.org, TheBestSchoolAssemblies.com

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WE THE PEOPLE
"Your troupe is consistently the highest quality. Students are always left with a positive high spirited mood!" Jim Boismier, Teacher

Join us as we explore the evolution of democracy from cavemen, through Greeks and Romans, kings and tribes, and on into the people and events that shaped a nation "of, by, and for the people". You'll laugh as you learn in this truly delightful Social Studies extravaganza! A pre-show rehearsal incorporates students from your school to star on stage alongside professional actors! (K-8).

(831) 429-1936, info@toap.org, TheBestSchoolAssemblies.com

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HerStory – Women in American History
"An amazing mix of education, multi-culturalism and entertainment!" Marcia Jaffe, Parent

HerStory fills in the gaps of history! Meet courageous women who changed the course of American history in this fun and compelling performance honoring the many accomplishments of women from diverse cultural groups whose strength and inspiration continue to guide us today. A pre-show rehearsal incorporates students from your school to star on stage alongside professional actors! (K-8).

(831) 429-1936, info@toap.org, TheBestSchoolAssemblies.com

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SCROOGE
"Always Outstanding! We've see every one of your shows and they are all excellent!" Ron Harder, Principal

Our own adaptation of Dickens’ beloved classic comes alive in a modern day setting in your own town, brimming with all the favorite characters. Music, colorful costumes and magical sound effects bring the message of this timeless piece of literature into the heart of the modern world.

A pre-show rehearsal incorporates students from your school to star on stage alongside professional actors! (K-8).

(831) 429-1936, info@toap.org, TheBestSchoolAssemblies.com

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THE DANCING MAN
"The entire staff was effusive in their praise of your acting talents and the positive way you interacted with students" Sandra Stewart, Principal

Dance, drama, storytelling, and comic pantomime are woven together in this fascinating tale of a young boy who meets a most peculiar old man and grows to fill his shoes. The story revolves around the themes of self-worth and realizing our dreams, and reminds us to have fun while pursuing them. Performed “in-the-round” this piece of modern literature becomes a unique theatrical experience (K-6).

(831) 429-1936, info@toap.org, TheBestSchoolAssemblies.com

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LITERATURE LIVE
"I have never seen a performance so appreciated by both children and adults. Superb!" Pam Jones, Teacher

Transforming literary art into performing art, this interactive storytelling performance filled with both comedy and drama uses the magic of imagination to transform the everyday into the spectacular! Stories are drawn from the best-loved classics of children’s literature. Audience interaction delights and vividly involves students. (K-6).

(831) 429-1936, info@toap.org, TheBestSchoolAssemblies.com

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Michael Oakes
(707) 643-7819
ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME
"The finest performance I have seen at this school! Excellent! A+! I was amazed at the artistic quality and historical accuracy." - Steven Burbank, Teacher

An interactive show with evocative sets, authentic costumes, a Greek game show, and a Roman Rap! Professional actor/scholars Michael and Renee Oakes traveled the ancient world researching this edu-taining tour de force. Grades 3-12. 707-643-7819. liveoakes@liveoakes.com, www.liveoakes.com

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Michael Oakes
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
"You guys should be on Broadway!" - Teacher

Dickens' literary classic comes to life in a pageant of colorful characters and sing-along carols. See Scrooge, Marley, Cratchet, and a gaggle of ghosts in this haunting perennial parable of generosity and kindness. Students and staff and/or parents play supporting parts too including the touching Tiny-Tim. Includes a morning rehearsal. Grades K-12. 707-643-7819. liveoakes@liveoakes.com, www.liveoakes.com

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Michael Oakes
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THE COMPLETE CONDENSED HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA
"Virtuoso enactment, incomparable professionalism, meticulous research, high energy delivery, and resonance with your audience." - Oakland Hebrew Day School

An inspiring and hilarious whirlwind tour de force of history from primary sources, including Native Californian’s, European Explorers, Missions, the Gold Rush, African American ‘49ers, Asian immigrants, the Great Quake, Beats, Hippies, and .com-ers. Whew! The theme is building bridges of tolerance. Grades 3-12. (707) 643-7819. liveoakes@liveoakes.com, www.liveoakes.com

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Michael Oakes
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COYOTE TALES
"The best assembly I've seen in 33 years of teaching!" - Kennedy School

Live Oakes Educational Theatre - Coyote Tales from many tribal traditions are skillfully woven into a hilarious and haunting tapestry of Native American Mythology, with evocative costumes, sets and music. Students help re-enact these painfully funny parables about pride, tolerance, and kindness. Grades K-12. 707-643-7819. liveoakes@liveoakes.com, www.liveoakes.com

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Michael Oakes
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FROM COLONIES TO COUNTRY
"Inspiring! Absolutely wonderful! The kids got so much more out of history." - Sam Murdock, 5th grade Teacher

Explore the founding of the U.S. in song and story from Native Americans, explorers, pilgrims, the French, the Revolution to the Constitution. From letters, diaries, documents and music we craft a colonial quilt of characters from slaves and servants, women and children, to soldiers and statesmen. Grades K-12. 707-643-7819. liveoakes@liveoakes.com, www.liveoakes.com

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Michael Oakes
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I HAVE A DREAM: DR. KING and the CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
"Parents were awestruck by the quality of their children in the play. The students learned about civil rights, history, and the making of a play. Beyond that, they all felt proud and valued." - Suzanne Calmels, 3rd grade teacher

The life and times of Martin Luther King Jr. are celebrated in word and song. We meet Gandhi, Mohamed Ali, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Caesar Chavez and others who influenced the Movement or were inspired by it. A rousing revival meeting rich in gospel music and emotion. Includes a student actor workshop. Grades K-12. 707-643-7819. liveoakes@liveoakes.com, www.liveoakes.com

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Michael Oakes
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IN THE WAKE OF GOLD
"Excellent! Definitely recommended. What a great way for kids to learn history. It really enhanced my curriculum." - Caryl Mastros,Yokayo Elementary School

An award-winning maritime voyage through Gold Rush California based on primary sources, songs, and archeological evidence, with links to science, U.S., & world history. Students learn lively sea shanties, tolerance for diversity, and strong messages against drugs and racism. Grades 3-12. 707-643-7819. liveoakes@liveoakes.com, www.liveoakes.com

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Michael Oakes
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LEONARDO DA VINCI: RENAISSANCE MAN
"It was everything I hoped for. You were enthusiastic, incredibly prepared,and blended our history curriculum with performing arts. The children loved learning about historical characters!" - Jenny Walsh, Teacher

Professional actor/scholar Michael Oakes researched in Italy to create this powerful portrait of the artist, engineer, and scientist, complete with sumptuous costumes, sets, and music. The Master recruits apprentices, and the audience plays an edu-taining riddle game, "De-Coding Da Vinci"! Grades 3-12. 707-643-7819. liveoakes@liveoakes.com, www.liveoakes.com

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Michael Oakes
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THE CALL OF THE WILD: the Life of JACK LONDON
"I have never heard the students so enthralled! Skillfully stellar integration of the curriculum areas of drugs and alcohol, history, and literature." - Teacher

The revolutionary Bay Area writer of To Build a Fire, White Fang, and The Sea Wolf, tells his own inspirational story in an interactive show. Union actor Michael Oakes creates a powerful portrayal. Jack's wife Charmian London introduces this literary legend. Grades 3-12. 707-643-7819. liveoakes@liveoakes.com, www.liveoakes.com

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Michael Oakes
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MUIR OF THE MOUNTAINS
"That is the best performance I've seen in 16 years of teaching!" - Donna Seaman, Prairie Elementary

The "Father of Our National Parks" and founder of the Sierra Club tells his own inspirational story. Actor/Biologist Michael Oakes leads a trek through Muirs immigration, inventions, Alaska adventures, Presidential Yosemite campouts, scientific discoveries, and impassioned pleas for conservation. Grades K-12. 707-643-7819. liveoakes@liveoakes.com, www.liveoakes.com

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Michael Oakes
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SHAKESPEARE: LIVE!
"Fantastic! The kids were so inspired. They took it all in. They'll remember this for years." - Sue Solnak, Teacher

The Bard himself blends tearful tragedy, cheerful comedy, a bawdy bit with student actors, and anecdotes of Elizabethan life. Professional actors Michael & Renee Oakes use scenes, sonnets and song to paint an edu-taining portrait of the Prince of Players and the Renaissance. (Study Guide included.) Grades 3-12. 707-643-7819. liveoakes@liveoakes.com, www.liveoakes.com

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Michael Oakes
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EDGAR ALLAN POE
"Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence ."Edgar Allan Poe

Actor/scholar Michael Oakes exhumes America’s most haunting author, combining details of his tragic life with passages from his poems and prose. His life story provides powerful lessons about alcoholism, and the heartbreaking struggles of a singular artist. Poe pioneered the detective, thriller, and horror genres. He was America's first professional writer and first literary critic. The mystery surrounding Poe’s death is befitting this dark genius.

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Michael Oakes
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JOHN STIENBECK
"You really inhabited the man. You were John Stienbeck." - Redding Library

This one-man show combines selected readings with personal anecdotes to bring to life the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author of such classics as The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, and The Red Pony. Other influential writings include Cannery Row, East of Eden, America and the Americans, and his collected WW II dispatches, Once There Was a War.

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Brian Bon
POWERHOUSE!!! PERCUSSIVE DANCE
POWERHOUSE!!! America's Dance
Audiences get to see various styles of folk dance and learn where that style originated before finally seeing them all combined in a uniquely American style called “percussive dance.” Additionally, they are left with a solid understanding of the musicality of this style of dance, specifically of percussion, rhythm, and tempo.
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