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2013 - 2014 Season:
Ben Carson
Wisdom Tales of Anansi & Friends
Ben Carson, M.D.
Goodnight Moon
A Year with Frog & Toad
Theatrical Arts
at Toby's
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Book by Carole Graham Lehan
Music by Chris Youstra

Adapted from the book Wisdom Tales from Around the World
By award winning storytellerHeather Forest 
2013 - 2014 Season
Take this journey of folktales around the world featuring: a Native American tale with Gluscabi and Grandmother Woodchuck, a Mexican tale with Old Dog and Coyote, an African tale with the trickster, Anansi the spider. Travel to China and and India and learn about different cultures, and what stories are woven into their histories. This entertaining tale winds its way around the world with lively music and fun characters who teach valuable lessons of friendship, respect for the earth, embracing differences, respect for elders, and the downfalls of greed! This is an original Theatrical Arts Production that touches on so many worthwhile topics: itís a win-win for teachers!
Curricular Connections: geography, social studies, elements of story writing, multiculturalism, diversity, bullying, respect for nature, kindness, individuality
Recommended for Grades 3 - 6
Dates: October 22, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31
November 4, 5, 7, 8, 19, 21, 22
December 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20
Book by Carole Graham Lehan. Adapted from Gifted Hands
by Ben Carson, M.D. & Cecil Murphey & Think Big
by Ben Carson, M.D. with Cecil Murphey.

An original biography of a contemporary African-American hero. This is the inspirational story of a Johns Hopkins doctor who was raised in inner-city Detroit by a mother with a third grade education. Dr. Carson is world renowned for his skill as a pediatric neurosurgeon as well as his commitment to inspire people to be the very best they can be.
Recommended for Grades 4 and up
Curricular Connection: bullying, focus on education, goal setting, diversity, discovering your gifts, kindness, individuality, overcoming great odds
Dates: January 16, 17, 20, 21, 23, 24, 27, 28, 30, 31
February 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 18, 19, 21
A Musical Play by Chad Henry
Based on the book by Margaret Wise Brown
Catchy songs performed by live musicians, delightful choreography, fun costumes all complete a colorful story that pays homage to Wiseí beloved book. Watch the humorous antics of one very nocturnal bunny, as his room magically comes alive while he dances and sings his way to sweet dreams through nursery rhyme scenes with dancing bears with chairs, the Cat and the Fiddle, the Cow Jumping Over the Moon and even a trip through the night sky with dancing constellations.
Curricular Connections: importance of sleep, respect for each other, obedience, observation, goal setting, friendship, rhyming, first time theatre experience seeing a classic book come to life
Recommended for Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade
Dates: March 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, 20, 21
April 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11
Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
Music By Robert Reale
Based on the Frog and Toad children's stories written
and illustrated by Arnold Lobel

Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons. he jazzy, upbeat score of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting musical for all!
Curricular Connections: Friendship, bullying, diversity, respect, kindness, perseverance,
science (study of animals)
Recommended for Grades 3 - 5
Dates: April 22, 24, 25, 28, 29
May 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19, 20, 22, 23