Monday, July 17, 2006

National Touring Performers Returning to the Chicago Area

National Touring Performers Returning to the Chicago Area

The acclaimed national touring theatrical troupe Act! vated Storytellers is returning to the Chicago area this April. On Tuesday, April 4, the troupe will present two assembly programs for Wegner Elementary School in W. Chicago and three assembly programs for East View School in Oswego on Thursday, April 6th. Evening programs for students and their families will be presented on Tuesday, April 4 at Wegner Elementary in W. Chicago at 6:00 p. m. and on Wednesday, April 5th at Trumbull Elementary, 5200 N Ashland Ave., in Chicago at 6:00 p. m.

(PRWEB) March 30, 2006

The acclaimed national touring theatrical troupe Act! vated Storytellers is returning to the Chicago area this April. On Tuesday, April 4, the troupe will present two assembly programs for Wegner Elementary School in W. Chicago and three assembly programs for East View School in Oswego on Thursday, April 6th. Evening programs for students and their families will be presented on Tuesday, April 4 at Wegner Elementary in W. Chicago at 6:00 p. m. and on Wednesday, April 5th at Trumbull Elementary, 5200 N Ashland Ave., in Chicago at 6:00 p. m.

For most people, traveling is something that is done only occasionally, perhaps on vacation or to visit relatives. But what if your home was literally on the road?

That’s what life has been like for Dennis and Kimberly Goza ever since they left their San Francisco home and began touring nationally in 1992. Their then 2-year-old son Zephyr, now 15, has grown up on the road.

That’s not the only unusual thing about this family, either. Behind their green Chevrolet conversion van, they tow a white utility trailer that boldly proclaims in colorful letters, “Activated Storytellers! National Touring Theatre.” That’s because the Gozas comprise their own three-person theatre troupe. They have performed at thousands of schools and libraries across the country, bringing with them their own unique blend of theatre, physical comedy, acrobatic skills, and homemade props. A six-foot-tall book made of plastic pipe and fabric comes with them as well, and opens up to become their set, giving them whatever backdrops the stories require.

The Activated Storytellers are also one of the few troupes to incorporate American Sign Language as part of the act. When Kimberly was getting into theatre in California, she had several deaf friends. “My hearing friends would go to a show and watch the interpreter for fun,” she says. “My deaf friends would go to a show and they’d have to watch the interpreter.” The theatre troupe now uses ASL and other means of visual communication to help the deaf and hearing-impaired understand the show. One of their shows, Alias, Don Quixote is an original musical based on Miguel de Cervantes. The other entitled Daring to Dream, features two of any four multicultural folktales at any given performance:

  •  The Song of Mu Lan A musical adaptation of the 1500-year-old Chinese poem about a girl who courageously defies stereotype and convention
  •  Follow the Buzz A Japanese fable (performed in a style similar to that of traditional Japanese theatre) about a man who has a strange dream, and pursues it only to find out that what he was seeking was under his nose all along
  •  The Dragon of Krakow A Polish folktale about a boy who accidentally unleashes a dragon, and must learn from his mistake
  •  The Emperor’s New Clothes The perennial Hans Christen Anderson favorite about a foolish emperor and how his people learn to stand up for their convictions

The Act! vated Storytellers have performed in 44 states plus Washington, D. C. (where they have appeared twice at The National Theatre). For more information, please visit the Activated Storytellers’ website at http://www. activated-storytellers. com (http://www. activated-storytellers. com).

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