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Tales With a Point

Appropriate For: Grades K-6

Best For: Grades 1-3

Program Length: 45 minutes

Curriculum Objectives: Fables, Fairy Tales, Characters, Setting, Plot

We use theatricality, humor, circus skills, and audience participation to create unique versions of traditional stories, including:

  • The Tortoise and the Hare: In this updated version, the hare loses the race when he is distracted by a book called “The World’s Fastest Animals” and receives a lesson about libraries.

  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff: Leslie plays a wacky and very hungry troll while the goats are played by three different sized Chinese yo-yos. A happy ending accommodates everyone, including the troll.

  • Jabberwocky: The audience helps create hand motions to interpret some of the nonsense words Lewis Carroll used in his poem. Leslie and an audience volunteer hunt and slay the Jabberwock. O frabjous day!


Children are invited to compare our versions to others they have heard or read. The result is a rollicking good time that addresses language arts learning targets.

Common Core Standards:

1st Grade

Key Ideas and Details
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.


2nd Grade

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.


3rd Grade

Key Ideas and Details
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

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