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 of the Southeast’s most popular family entertainers. His CDs have won the highest national awards including the prestigious NC Arts Council Fellowship for Songwriting. Timmy has performed at The Kennedy Center, The National Theater and in countless schools across the country. Susana Abell is a bilingual puppeteer, writer and singer with a graduate teaching degree. She has performed and taught on three continents with sponsorship from Carnegie Hall and The Dodge Foundation.

Susana and Timmy Abell bring a wealth of experience to their work with young people, including extensive performance and residency work in Charlotte over the last decade.  Both of these talented artists have dedicated their performing and teaching careers to the ideal of bringing inspiration and instruction in the arts to children of all backgrounds and of all ages.


  379 Beaverdam Road, Asheville, NC 28804




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 words performed to live music on the hammered dulcimer), dramatic storytelling, and award-winning original songs accompanied by music played on seven different instruments – including concertina, penny whistle, guitar, banjo and ukelele.  There is even a Spanish-speaking sloth!  The sheer variety of repertoire keeps Susana and Timmy’s audiences fully engaged from beginning to end.

Their presentations are specific for all grade levels, K-2, 3-5 & 6-8.  All programs address curriculum standards from elementary (writing narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events) through middle schools (use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings).  Most importantly, Susana and Timmy’s concerts inspire students by offering a wide range of imaginative options for their own creative self-expression.


Booking / scheduling contact

Susana and Timmy Abell


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Multi-discipline, Music, Puppetry, Storytelling
Cultural Origin: American
Program type: Assembly/Performance, Professional Development, Residency, Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Subject: Language Arts, Music, Other, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts
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. We also offer classroom (or grade level) workshops in conjunction with the concerts.  Info on longer residencies here:

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. Workshops can be in individual classrooms, or if combined classes, in any appropriate setting like the media center or music room.

Fees / Ticketing:

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.


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). 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!


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
Cancellation Policy

50% of the total fee