Grey Seal Puppets

Grey Seal Puppets

Well known for their trademark whimsical approach to storytelling and exquisite puppet design, Grey Seal Puppets offers a variety of puppet performances sure to tickle your fancy. Their repertoire includes a variety of productions from familiar fairy tales (The Emperor’s New Clothes) to original

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Grey Seal Puppets "The Nightingale"


Program description

Receiving gifts everyday of the year sounds like a dream come true. But for the mighty Emperor, who can have anything he wants at the snap of his fingers, the dream turns into a nightmare. Bored with the constant barrage of “fru frus,” “doo daas,” and “gobbledy gook,” the Emperor seeks something else… the beautiful song of a simple gray bird, the nightingale. The bird’s song enchants


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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Multi-media, Music, Puppetry, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: American, Asian
Subject: Language Arts, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Kindergarten
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

We are available year round.

Available times:

We schedule to fit your schedule!

Space / technical requirements:

We come completely self-contained with our own staging, lighting and sound. We need a space that is 15’wide by 15′ deep by 10′ high to perform this piece.


We are a touring company, we come to you!

Fees / Ticketing:

The cost for a single performance in the Charlotte area is $550.00. The cost for two performances on the same day in the same location is $900.00.


NC Standard Course of Study:

Through puppet theatre performances, students will be introduced to theatre skills, various puppet styles and story-telling. (R7 – Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.)

The performance encourages students to explore their own creative outlets relative to the theatre experience. By watching the performance, students will learn that puppetry is a collection of art forms on display; movement, visual art, drama, role play, pantomime, dance and more.(SL2 – Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. )

Students will identify and apply specific character traits and virtues demonstrated by the performances. They can then take this ability and apply it to stories they write themselves.(W4 – Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.)

NC Essential Standards:

From the Arts Education, Theatre Arts K-8 Standards:

Through the use of puppetry students will be introduced to the literary skills involved in storytelling (K-5.C.2 – Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings.)

Performances of classic fairy tales will encourage students to read and re-enact these timeless stories on their own. (K-5.AE.1 – Understand how to design technical theatre components, such as costumes, sets, props, makeup, lighting, and sound.)

Students will be able to assess character traits and morals illustrated in the performances and apply them to real life situations. (K-5.CU.2 – Understand the traditions, roles, and conventions of theatre as an art form.)

Example: From our telling of the fable “The Tortoise and The Hare,” students recognize that fastest is not always best and that slow and steady is the way to go. After the audience affirms this realization they also realize that they inherently knew this already and should apply the same lesson to their own lifestyle.


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


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