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Hobey Ford's Golden Rod Puppets

Hobey Ford's Golden Rod Puppets

Hobey Ford is known for excellence in puppetry performance and craft. His intricate shadow puppetry work and creation of the original rod puppets, the “Foamies”, have earned him a place on stages across the world. Hobey is a two-time winner of puppetry’s highest honor, the UNIMA Citation of

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Student Performances with Hobey Ford's Golden Rod Puppets


Program Description

Hobey tours a repertoire of up to six performances for preschool to middle school students and family audiences, including: his newest performance Sea Songs, ‘Animalia’, ‘Migration’, ‘World Tales, ‘Turtle Island Tales’, ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper and More’ and ‘The Rainbow Bridge and Other Tales.’ Each performance is accompanied by a teacher study guide. The performances


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Program Detail

Program type: Out-of-School-Time
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Multi-discipline, Storytelling, Theater, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: American, European, Latino, Multicultural, Native American
Subject: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
Population Served Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Call for availability

Available times:

Day and Evening

Length of :Program 45-50 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

110 volts with drop cords, 60 to 90 minutes to set-up,12’ wide by 8’ deep performance area closed on the back side. Some performances require a darkened room. Hobey will provide all sound. A supply list for teacher and student workshops i


On-site in theaters, schools and libraries

Fees / Ticketing:

$650 for one performance when in area and $600 per performance for multiple performances in same school on same day


NC Standard Course of Study:

R7 = Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.   R6 = Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.   SL2 = Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.   L3 = Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

NC Essential Standards:

From the Arts Education, Theatre Arts K-8 Standards:   K-8.C.2 = Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings.   K-8.A.1 = Analyze literary texts and performances.   From the Social Studies 3-5 Standards:   3.C.1 = Understand how diverse cultures are visible in local and regional communities.     From the Science 3-5 Standards:   5.L.2 = Understand the interdependence of plants and animals with their ecosystem.


David Cox Elementary, Jay Crofford, 4215 David Cox Road, Charlotte, NC 28269, 980-343-6540

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, Ginny Zehr, 336 Fayetteville ST Mall, STE 440, Raleigh, NC  27601, 919-839-1498

Lower Creek Elementary, Sandy Crump, 630 Lower Creek Drive, NE, Lenoir, NC 28645, 828-754-4022