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
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... View more
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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.
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. We also offer classroom (or grade level) workshops in conjunction with the concerts. Info on longer residencies here: http://www.timmyabellmusic.com/residencies
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. Workshops can be in individual classrooms, or if combined classes, in any appropriate setting like the media center or music room.
School fees: $650- single concert, $1100 2 back-to-back concerts, $1500 full-day, includes 2 workshops for selected groups (or grade levels). For longer-term residencies and venues outside of schools please contact us.
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).
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). Residencies offer connections in Music and Theater too numerous to mention here (see website for a complete list). It is important to note that, through the collaborative creative process students develop an “understanding of healthy and effective interpersonal communication and relationships” (Health Education ICR.1) which is, perhaps, the most important standard of all!
Susana and Timmy Abell ~ Performance Study Guidestperformanceguide.pdf
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
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