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Sheila Kerrigan, The Mime Who Talks!

Sheila Kerrigan, The Mime Who Talks!

Sheila Kerrigan performs her show, The Scientific Mime, or, What’s Up With Gravity? for children in grades 3-5. Science and Mime?! Once you’ve seen a mime struggling against invisible forces like gravity, pulls, and inertia, they become as real as concrete. After you’ve repeated sound and motion

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Performance: The Scientific Mime, or, What's Up With Gravity?


Program Description

This interactive show is designed for live audiences. (There are also short videos available, for use in the classroom, to introduce key concepts, like force, push and pull, before teaching them. They spark curiosity and enthusiasm in students.)

Mimes struggle with invisible forces. Children struggle with abstract scientific principles. In this show, “The Scientific Mime, or, What’s Up With


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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance
Artistic Discipline: Theater
Cultural Origin: European, Other
Subject: Language Arts, Science, Theatre Arts
Population Served Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Available year-round, beginning March 21, 2022.

Available times:

Available at most times.

Length of :Program 45 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

For on-site performances: Set-up: I arrive two hours before show-time to set up. I need someone to meet me, let me into the space and help with tech.

Stage: • either: a proscenium stage (24′ width by 18′ depth by 10′ ceiling height minimum dimensions); or: a gym floor with audience seating on one side on bleachers; • the audience must be able to see the floor •a smooth, clean floor suitable for dance—(no splinters, uneven surfaces, nails, or cracks).

Sound: • I bring a small sound system with a vocal mic on a stand , and a wireless mic; I may want to plug into your more powerful sound system if appropriate. • In that case, I need a competent sound technician who can work the sound equipment and solve problems.


Your school’s auditorium or gym

Fees / Ticketing:

1 in-school performance: $600.

2 in-school performances in 1 location in 1 day: $900.

3 in-school performances in 2 locations in 2 days: $1300.

4 performances in 2 locations in 2 days: $1650.

10 performances, 5 locations, 5 days: $4,000.


NC Standard Course of Study:

In the lecture-demonstration, Sheila shows correlations between literary and theatrical elements, such as character, setting, objective, conflict/obstacle, and action/plot.

NCSCOS. ELA.CCR.Anchor Standard RL.1 –  make inferences  RL.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually… RL.4.7 Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text…RL.5.7 Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or aesthetics of a text.

NC Essential Standards:

NCDPI’s Department of Arts Education has embraced a three-part Comprehensive Arts Education goal: Students should have arts education, arts integration, and arts exposure. This performance comprises all three.
Theatre Arts:  C.1 Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings. C.2 Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings. A.1 – Analyze literary texts and performances.

NCES Science. Forces and Motion: 2.P.1 Understand the relationship between sound and vibrating objects. 2.P.1.2 Summarize the relationship between sound and objects of the body that vibrate – eardrum and vocal cords. 3.P.1 Understand motion and forces that affect motion. 3.P.1.1 Infer changes in speed or direction resulting from forces acting on an object. 3.P.1.3 Explain the effects of earth’s gravity on the motion of any object on or near the earth. 4.P.1 Explain how various forces affect the motion of an object. 5.P.1 Understand force, motion and the relationship between them. 5.P.1.1 Explain how factors such as gravity, friction, and change in mass affect the motion of objects.

Supporting Materials


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes



  • Gravity!


5th grade teacher at WG Byers, CMS: “I want to remember those movements that go with the key vocabulary, so I can use them when we start the Forces & Motion unit.”

Mrs. McEachern at Douglas Byrd Middle School, Fayetteville-Cumberland County Schools: “Sheila was great and well-organized!”

“We were thrilled to have you perform here! You are fabulous!”

Crown Point Elementary, Charlotte, NC

“Thank you for a wonderful program! The children thoroughly enjoyed it!”

Brooks Museums Magnet School, Raleigh, NC

Cancellation Policy

If a performance is cancelled due to acts of God, pandemic, or other circumstances out of our control, we will work to reschedule on a mutually-agreed-upon date. Cancellation of a contracted performance by the presenter without a reason, as above, will represent breach of contract, and presenter will pay damages of 50% of the agreed-upon fee. Cancellation less than 30 days before the contracted date will result in full payment of the agreed-upon fee on the contracted date. If I am unable to fulfill this contract, I will notify you no later than 10 days prior to the date of the contracted services.