2012/2013 Season

The Tale of the Name of the Tree, a Bantu Tale

The cast of the show
The cast of the show (clockwise from top left): Stephanie Wilbert, Ray Caspio, Nathaniel Leeson, James (Jack) Hunt, Elaine Feagler
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The Tale of the Name of the Tree

When the animals run out of food, it will take the King of Beasts and a magical tree to save them… but only if they can remember its name! This adaptation of a Bantu folktale brings together storytelling, puppets, masks, percussion, and dance to create a rhythmic, exciting, and entrancing world. TALE OF THE NAME OF THE TREE is a universal story — a story that springs from a proud and beautiful cultural origin, it speaks to children everywhere with themes that are recognizable throughout the world — believe in yourself, and don't judge a book by its cover. This is a celebration of story-telling that uses elements of style from different parts of the globe to create a story that reaches out to everyone.

Production Team:
Director — Alison Garrigan
Script Adaptation — Michael Sepesy
Movement/Percussion — Najaa Young
Stage Manager — Lauren Calevich
Puppet Design — Lydia Lazar Chanenka
Lighting Design — Dave Brooks
Scenic Design — Lydia Lazar Chanenka
Costume Design — Melanie Boeman

Acting Company:
Ray Caspio
Elaine Feagler
James (Jack) Hunt
Nathaniel Leeson
Stephanie Wilbert

“One of the truly wonderful things about this style of children's theatre is that it brings the audience into the story. Without them, the tale is not complete. Kids feel like the story is so close they can touch it, be a part of it — literally: learning the animals' songs, helping them on their journeys. Using found objects in the production fuels the imagination, as well — a flute made from a water bottle, a rattle made from an oatmeal container — these are things that we hope will make the audience think 'I could do that when I go home!'” — Alison Garrigan