2012 was an amazing year for us! Theatre Action Project became Creative Action and has continued to grow. Here are some fun facts from our World Tales and Tunes program:
- It is the 3rd year that I have toured “World Tales and Tunes.”
- In 2012 alone we had 114 one-hour shows in the Central Texas communities of Austin, Georgetown, Kyle, Lakeway, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Del Valle and Westlake with performances at Public Schools, Private Schools, Child Care Centers, Public Libraries, Coffeehouses and Arts Festivals.
- There have been 16 shows at Austin YMCA centers.
- There were 44 shows at Stepping Stone Schools last summer.
Despite all these numbers there is the personal impact that this program has on the children. There is always a moment when I am transitioning from a song about “The Wedding of the Hawk” (a folk tale from Africa) where the children have just been dancing with the joy and energy of young puppies at play, to the moment when they are seated and we use our “magic globes” to fly through the air, over mountains, over oceans to China and land in the middle of a rice field.
In that moment it is pure imagination. In that moment there is no child care center or school or library. There is only the gentle landing in a wet field.
As I react to my feet getting wet in the rice field I look to my right and see the majestic mountain that overlooks this quiet Chinese village. I tell the children that I know what story will be told and take a rod puppet from the backdrop. As “Seagirl” (the young girl who is the hero of the story) gently floats to the ground and begins to walk in the rice field her story begins. Albert Einstein said that imagination is more important than knowledge and I know in that moment that that is true. The children have danced in Africa and stepped onto a wet rice field in China in a matter of 3 minutes. Seagirl may be made of wooden rod, paper mache, paint and cloth, but in that moment she is a real girl on the journey of her life.
When I hear the hush that falls on the audience when Seagirl begins her story I can only think of one word: magic