Using puppets, comedy, music, movement, and 100% audience participation Val Smalkin and Silly Goose entertain while taking students through the history of ventriloquism, from Greece where ventriloquism was used for religious and mystical practices, to the present-day USA where venting us used for entertainment. Val Smalkin streamed a weekly show called "Grandma's Place" during the pandemic. Please visit Facebook @GrandmasPlaceStation or click on the YouTube link to see the quality of her work. Programs are appropriate for K to 5 combined, but are best if geared separately for K to 2, and 3 to 5.
Appropriate Grade Levels:
This program belongs to the Fine Arts domain with historical, cultural, and social context strands in Theatre and Music. Students will gain an understanding of the history, traditions, and conventions of puppetry and observe the way puppetry depicts themes and stories. Students will also gain an understanding of the roles music and puppetry (theatre) play in the lives of people and explore the relationship of music to puppetry. The movement portions of the program promote rhythmic awareness.
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