Sondra Singer storydrum photoChoose from These Diverse Music and Storytelling Programs

Let’s Makes Noise

This light-hearted 30-45 minute program includes fun stories, basic rhythm instruction, and other interactive elements. Everyone participates and makes noise! Solo, or may include storyteller and percussionist Helen Trencher. Best for ages 3-10.

A Tour of Africa in Story, Rhythm and Song

Our most popular program! An instructive and fun introduction to African culture! Including ethnic folktales, songs, and Fanga, a song, dance and story introduced originally by the great Babatunde Olatunji, that will have the entire audience singing long after the show is over.  30-45 Minutes, appropriate for all ages. A short program is available with Sondra solo, or is better enjoyed with 2 or 3 performers for a more full-bodied musical experience. K-Adult.

Tales of the Earth, Songs of Peace

Tales may include The Screen of Frogs, a folktale from Japan about a selfish wealthy lad and his transformation to caring protector of the land and animals. Also included in this program are songs that capture the love of the Earth. Where space and time are available, there can be Dances of Universal Peace (see www.dancesofuniversalpeace.org for more information) that help us to connect more deeply to the earth. These may include dances from the Creation-Centered Mystical Christian tradition, Native American tradition, or others. This program can also be performed as a duo performance with Helen Trencher. In that program, there are additional stories, including the ever-entertaining Gecko Cannot Sleep, and other tales. This would be a great program for an Earth Day theme or anytime you want to teach about care of the Earth! K-Adult.

Chanukah and Kwanzaa:
The Other December Holidays

This program was originally commissioned for Middle School students. For those looking for a different kind of “holiday” program, this presentation by Helen Trencher and me, as Alafia, brings you information, stories, songs, and games from the holidays that take place (usually) in December. Starting with Chanukah, we share information about the holiday historically, show some of the symbols of the holiday, then share songs, and involve the audience in a game with a giant Dreidel (a 4-sided top used for a children's game). We then move to Kwanzaa. First showing the audience the symbols used during the holiday, then some historical information, we sing, share a story that could be told during Kwanzaa, and, if there is time, play a rhythm game. With so much emphasis on Christmas every year, why not present a fun and entertaining alternative this year? K-Adult.

Chanukah, Festival of Lights

This all-Chanukah program includes stories, music, and, where appropriate, a Chanukah-specific drum circle in which all ages can participate! K-Adult.

Building Bridges:
Stories, Songs, and Dance About Getting Along

30 minute to 1 hour program about creating peace. The program has many modules to choose from, including true, original, and folk tales, songs, rhythm, and Dances of Universal Peace. Flexible outline depending upon the time of the year, and the group. K-Adult.

The Woman Who Was Almost Stoned to Death
and other Middle Eastern Stories

This program can be all Jewish tales. It can be a combination of Jewish and Persian or Arabic tales. It can even be the title story, presented as a discussion topic, comparing this story as it traveled across the Middle East. I have it as a Jewish tale, and also as a Moroccan tale, so that a fascinating program can be woven about preconceived notions about these cultures. Adults only.

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