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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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Program Description

Combining storytelling with shadow puppetry brings a variety of cultures to life in the classroom through folktales. During this workshop, students learn shadow puppetry performance techniques and how to construct their own shadow puppets. Hobey Ford discusses the construction of a shadow puppet theater and how to later implement the technique for performing shadow plays.

Program Detail

Program type: Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Puppetry, Storytelling, Visual Arts
Subject: Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
Population Served Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Available year round

Length of :Program 60 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

Classroom or art room; Art materials; chair & desk/table workspace for each student; black/whiteboard or easel with writing tools; A/V cart/table at front of room with electrical outlet nearby or extension cord.


Schools, libraries

Fees / Ticketing:

$350 for a single workshop – must be booked with an assembly performance;

$300 per workshop for four workshops in a day booked w/o a performance


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:

THEATRE ARTS K.C.1.4.C.1 Use movement, voice and writing to communicate ideas and feelings

K.C.1.1 Use non-verbal expression to communicate movement elements

4.C.1.1 Use a variety of postures, gaits and mannerisms to express character in the presentation of stories

4 C.1.2 Apply appropriate vocal elements of volume, pitch, rate, tone, articulation and vocal expression to various types of literature and storytelling

4.A.E.1.2 Understand how to to use costumes, props, masks, set pieces, and lighting to support dramatic presentations

5.C.2 Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings

Supporting Materials


Kathleen Collier, North Carolina Arts Council, 4632 Main Service CTR, Raleigh, NC 27699, 919-814-6515

Alana Adams, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove LN, Hilton Head, SC 29928, 843-686-3945 x205

Julia Mastropaolo, United Arts Council of Raleigh, Wake County, PO Box 26388, Raleigh, NC 27611, 919-839-1498 x210