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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 Ford tours a repertoire of performances for preschool to upper elementary students based on stories adapted from various cultures as well as nature and incorporating a variety of puppetry styles:  Bunraku, rod, marionettes, “Foamies” and shadow puppetry.

SEA SONG (K-5th; Audience Max 250)  – SEA SONG is the story of a boy’s discovery of the natural world at the seaside. This


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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance, Virtual/Online Program
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Multi-discipline, Multi-media, Puppetry, Storytelling, Theater, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: American, European, Latino, Multicultural, Native American
Subject: Language Arts, Science, 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:

Available year round

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

Electrical outlet near stage; 110 volts with drop cords, 60 to 90 minutes to set-up; Clear, clean performance area 20′ wide x 15′ deep x 12′ high; no audience sharply to the sides or behind the performance area; Some performances require a darkened room. Hobey will provide all sound.


Schools, libraries, performing arts centers, theaters

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.


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

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

Bree Sargent, Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 West Vermillion, Lafayette, LA 337-233-7060 x 222