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Susana and Timmy Abell

Susana and Timmy Abell

Susana and Timmy Abell (Silver Trout Arts) offer a dynamic collaboration of two highly respected teaching artists that combines original music with puppetry and storytelling to open a wide lens on “sharing stories” as a means of self-expression. With 35 years touring experience, Timmy Abell is one

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So Many Ways To Share A Story


Program Description

Susana and Timmy Abell’s concerts are diverse, interactive and filled with music and laughter.  Their residencies and workshops foster deep creativity and enliven students’ natural curiosity. Multiple art forms including music, storytelling, puppetry and poetry demonstrate that there are “So Many Ways to Share A Story”.  Performances include an original puppet fable (a captivating story without


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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Multi-discipline, Music, Puppetry, Storytelling
Cultural Origin: American
Subject: Language Arts, Music, Other, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts
Population Served Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Dates in Charlotte are flexible as it is close to our Asheville home. We book throughout the year and maintain a calendar of available dates on our website.

Available times:

Assembly concerts are 50-55 minutes in length. If scheduling back-to-back performances, ideal is 1 hr 15 minutes apart (i.e. 9:00 & 10:15), but we can adjust for tight lunch schedules.

Space / technical requirements:

In smaller theaters and schools, our program is technically self-sufficient, we bring our own high quality sound system, requiring only one (@6′) table.


We can perform wherever your assemblies are best situated.

Fees / Ticketing:

School fees: $650 single concert, $1100 2 back-to-back concerts


NC Standard Course of Study:

Common Core standards modeled in our performances include “writing narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events…” ( W.3-Text Types and Purposes) as well as “producing clear and coherent writing …appropriate to task, purpose, and audience” (W.4- Production and Distribution of Writing). We encourage educators to use our accompanying performance study guide to support these standards. Concert/workshop combinations delve more deeply into the Common Core Standards for Writing as students produce their own songs and stories through “developing and strengthening writing as needed by planning revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach”(W.5 – Production and Distribution of Writing). We also address multiple Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening such as “preparing and participating effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on other’s ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively” (SL.1 – Comprehension and Collaboration), and “making strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations (SL.5 – Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas).

NC Essential Standards:

We invite audiences to “understand the interacting elements to respond to music and music performances” (Music-MR.1) as well as demonstrating the ways that “music is used in customs and traditions of various cultures” (Music-CR.1). In addition, we offer multiple gateways to the Social Studies curriculum, specifically “understanding the impact of various cultural groups in North Carolina” (Social Studies 4.C.1). Our puppetry and storytelling segments offer opportunities for students to “analyze literary texts and performances” (Theatre Arts A.1) as well as teaching the ways that “movement, voice, and writing communicate ideas and feelings” (Theatre Arts C.1).

Supporting Materials

Susana and Timmy Abell ~ Performance Study Guide



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



  • Susana and Timmy Abell ~ So Many Ways To Share A Story ~ Collage


Please call any of these Principals for a first hand recommendation:

Providence Spring Elementary  /  Diane Adams  /  (980) 343-6935

David Cox Road Elementary  /  Dr. Ronald Dixon  /  (980) 343-6540

Sterling Elementary  /  Beth Wardy  /  (980) 343-3636

Elizabeth Lane Elementary  /  Helen Kim, Arts Coordinator / (980) 343-5700  /  (704) 995-1015 Cell

Cancellation Policy

50% of the total fee