puppetry programs

Young Audiences of Houston offers diverse arts-in-education performance programming for PK-12 students in an assembly setting. These innovative and culturally diverse programs introduce students to the arts through a balance of demonstration and student interaction through the highest quality artistry. Each performance program is aligned with the Texas state curricula and offers curriculum ties, classroom activities and discussion ideas, extension activities, program goals, objectives, vocabulary words, and teacher resources. All performances are 45 minutes.

Below you'll find information about:

  • Performances: For a student assembly, performances introduce students to an art form or culture through a balance of demonstration and student interaction.

  • Workshops: Hands-on workshops bring together individual artists to encourage students to actively discover their own artistic potential. Ideal for after school, library, or community center programs. Most workshops are product based.

  • Residencies: Offer experiences implemented by a specialized teaching artist. Residencies are multiple, participatory workshops and require a minimum of 3 sequential sessions per student group, and can be expanded into semester-long projects. Residencies take place in partnership with the classroom teacher and either focus on arts-integration or the artistic process.

 

For more information please call 713.520.9264 or email us at scheduling@yahouston.org.​

 

 

Be a Friend: Anti-Bullying Blacklight Puppet Show

PERFORMANCE

Jean Kuecher

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Four colorful stories empower students in life skills and lessons. Through this interactive performance a colorful mix of characters reinforce the educational lessons. Swimmy is responsible and helps his friends to be safe. The Lion and the Mouse respect each other and The Billy Goats Gruff learn to share. The Three Little Pigs care for each other and show courage and self-confidence. Choose to be a friend and good citizen, avoid being a victim and help stop bullying. 

Available Only in December 2020  & April 2021 

Single Performance

$400

Back to Back Performance

$650

Participant Limit

200

Grade Levels

PK-4

Aladdin, Rumpelstiltskin or Sleeping Beauty

PERFORMANCE

Jean Kuecher

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Choose your favorite classic fairy tale to dazzle all ages, in a performance with marionettes in sparkling costumes on an elaborate stage with lighting, scenery, and curtains. Following the performance, master puppeteer Jean Kuecher reveals the special effects and backstage secrets. In every story, students identify with the main character and discover solutions to the problem. They also learn reading components as they identify main character, setting, plot, problem, and solution. *African-American marionettes available for small stage program.

Available Only in December 2020  & April 2021 

Available Virtually - Sleeping Beauty 

Single Performance

$400

Back to Back Performance

$650

Participant Limit

200

Grade Levels

PK-8

Virtual Performance

$195

Back to Back Virtual 

$350

Participant Limit

Campus Grade Level Groupings 

Grade Levels

PK-8

Science Blacklight Puppet Show

PERFORMANCE

Jean Kuecher

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Science comes alive with glowing fluorescent puppets presenting beautiful science stories in a black light stage. For grades PK-K, puppets will showcase the animals and insects that visit your garden, and identify your five senses to explore your garden. Energize your science curriculum with short stories about the life cycle of the butterfly, needs of plants and animals, food and energy cycle, prey, predator, water cycle, dinosaurs, fossils, ecosystem, and habitats. The children will observe and explore the concepts adapted for their grade level. This program is a great review of science concepts before testing. A darkened room is wonderful!

Available Only in December 2020  & April 2021 

Single Performance

$400

Back to Back Performance

$650

Participant Limit

300

Grade Levels

PK-5

Favorite Stories Puppet Show

PERFORMANCE

Jean Kuecher

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With hand puppets and audience participation, Jean Kuecher turns her favorite stories into puppet shows. “Little Red Riding Hood,” “The Three Little Pigs,” “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “Five Little Ducks,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” and “The Old Lady who Swallowed the Fly” will inspire children and teachers to make their own puppets and to perform their own favorite stories. Learn the story components of main character, goal, problem, and solution.

Available Only in December 2020  & April 2021 

Single Performance

$400

Back to Back Performance

$650

Participant Limit

150

Grade Levels

PK-1

Literacy Comes Alive with Puppets

WORKSHOP OR RESIDENCY

Jean Kuecher

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Literacy comes alive with glowing fluorescent puppets presenting beautiful stories in a black light puppet theater. Students will create puppets, practice original stories and present their puppet plays. Students will incorporate art and puppet theater into literature, to nurture creative thinking, to stretch the imagination, to strengthen a love of language, to motivate even the most reluctant student, to heighten visualization, critical thinking, listening, and fluency in communication skills.

Available Only in December 2020  & April 2021 

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

30

Grade Levels

PK-5

Rhyme, Reason and Shadow Puppetry

PERFORMANCE

Puppet Pizzazz

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Mother Goose and other familiar favorites are illustrated with exciting giant shadow puppet action. The enthusiasm of the puppeteer, Mr. Greg, is contagious as he encourages the audience to recite classic rhymes, sing, move creatively, and act out famous storybook characters. This highly participatory performance promotes literacy and enhances verbal communication skills while developing a passion for reading and an appreciation for poetry.

Virtual Option Available

Single Performance

$450

Back to Back Performance

$575

Participant Limit

300

Grade Levels

PK-2

African Tales and Puppet Pizzazz

PERFORMANCE

Puppet Pizzazz

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This entertaining and educational show is perfect for academic and family audiences. Professional Puppeteer Greg Ruhe shares his real-life adventures of teaching puppetry in Sudan while sharing an array of new puppets and stories inspired by his journey into Africa. A 45-minute puppetry spectacular filled with an array of various puppetry styles, dramatic storytelling and lots of audience participation.

Virtual Option Available 

Single Performance

$450

Back to Back Performance

$575

Participant Limit

300

Grade Levels

PK-5

Sharing the Secrets of Puppetry

PERFORMANCE

Puppet Pizzazz

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Professional puppeteer Greg Ruhe enthusiastically shares the ancient art of puppetry by demonstrating a variety of styles of puppets in a highly theatrical performance. Mr. Greg shares the secrets of making and manipulating many of his unique characters. It is guaranteed that the audience will walk away filled with an appreciation and enthusiasm for the art of puppetry. The audience will learn how to turn trash into treasure as Mr. Greg shares ideas on making puppets from recycled materials. This Puppet Extravaganza includes storytelling along with hand puppets, shadow puppets, recycled material puppets, and marionettes. Puppet Pizzazz is best known for its giant puppet creations. The show is not over until an eight-foot tall surprise character takes center stage.

Virtual Option Available 

Single Performance

$450

Back to Back Performance

$575

Participant Limit

300

Grade Levels

PK-12

Shadow Puppetry

WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

Puppet Pizzazz

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Mr. Greg shares the secrets of making and manipulating many of his unique characters in this hands-on workshop. It is guaranteed that the audience will walk away filled with an appreciation and enthusiasm for the art of puppetry. The audience will learn how to turn trash into treasure as Mr. Greg shares ideas on making puppets from recycled materials. Participants will learn how to make their own puppets! 

Virtual Option Available

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

30

Grade Levels

K-12

Phone: 713.520.9264

Office: 4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 230, Houston, TX 77027

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