For nearly 40 years, Story Theatre has been inspiring imagination and encouraging literacy by creating and touring dynamic theatrical productions for children inspired by classic literature, fairy tales, and fables.The company commissions new plays written by emerging Canadian playwrights with vibrant perspectives. Although we are located in Victoria, BC, more than 70% of our performances occur in small towns and rural villages. We tour our work with an understanding that access to the arts is intrinsic to a quality education. Story is part of each of us and we are all a part of the show.
I like Story Theatre because they make you disappear from you life and enter the story. It feels like you are experiencing everything they're telling you first hand. VERY creative.VERY fun. Ruby, Age 10, Victoria
Wow! What a performance and what a powerful message! Rave reviews for your physicality, intensity and the way you brought home the point of your performance! Teacher, Centennial Christian, Terrace
We LOVED the play, the songs, the interactions with the audience. I wanted to commend you on such a superb job! Lorene, A Grateful Mom, Invermere
Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 1 day
Tech Requirements: electrical outlet, tall ceilings, cleared classroom or common space for workshops
Fee Range: $1,445-$1,745 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
A Performance and Workshop Combo! Literacy Day is our full day Artist in the Classroom Residency experience. Watch! Interact! Come Together! The day begins by welcoming your student body to watch a performance of 1000 & Two Nights. Then the performers, who are also engaging Teaching Artists, will interact with the students directly as they pop into classrooms for short storytelling and improvisation workshops. Finally, we come back together for an improvised performance that features a unique story inspired by the students themselves, our signature improv games, and a fabulous nursery rhyme review. Literacy Day is an engaging opportunity to deepen the learning possibilities our educational productions offer, while also allowing for students and teachers to build relationships with the performing artists and to learn valuable storytelling and theatrical skills themselves. We pride ourselves on working with schools. Tell us your needs! This program is available as a multi-day event.
Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 50 mins + Q&A
Tech Requirements: electrical outlet, tall ceilings
Fee Range: $795-$945 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Scheherazade and her sister live with (and in! and through!) stories. When their sleep is disturbed by a Poet's nocturnal lament, they go forth into the unknown with nothing but each other and their stories. With poetry, songs, storytelling and some good jokes, the adventure leads them to the source of the heartbroken sobs that wracks the Kingdom nightly. They are the wails of a young Prince, conflicted by duty, looking for the freedom to be themselves. Do Scheherazade's stories have the power to save them? 1000 & Two Nights is a brand new Canadian play written by Persian-Canadian playwright Izad Etemadi, with design by Sophie Fuldauer. The upbeat production showcases stories from the seminal collection 1,001 Nights and also features pop music, puppetry and poems by Rumi.
Grade Suitability: K-3
Duration: Half Day (30mins + Stay & Play)
Tech Requirements: electrical outlet, cleared 10'x10' performance area, 2 folding tables
Fee Range: $445-$645 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Look forward to plenty of music, movement, and interactive fun in this brand new play experience for the youngest audiences. The Very First Circus by Erin Michell combines a short participatory performance with engaging Stay & Play workshop activities. Larry the Lion dreams of performing under the Big Top! But he can't do it by himself, he needs his neighbours to join in. As Larry searches the jungle for other animals to perform dazzling circus tricks, the audience is asked to participate is acts of balance and bravery, too. An intimate and participatory performance for Preschoolers and Primary Grades to celebrate friendship, good citizenship, and reaching for new heights. After the show and Q&A, children are welcome to Stay & Play in the performance area. Age appropriate crafts and drama activities are led by the performers helping to spark imaginations and extend the magical experience of watching live theatre together.