Teaching Roster

The National Educational Theatre

Contact Name: Keisha Evans

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Phone: (800) 579-7820

The National Educational Theatre is a traveling marionette puppet theatre-company, inviting you to rediscover the age-old tale of Jack and the Beanstalk or become spellbound by the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast. A puppet performance masterpiece, gaze in amazement as TNET breathes life into little Jack, the fearsome giant, and numerous other characters or discover the magic as the Beast must learn to win Belle’s love forever thus turning him into the prince he once was.

Our mission is to educate and entertain by exposing all children especially those in the underserved and rural communities, to the cultural arts. With our mobile full-scale puppet theatre, which is completely self-contained, including lighting sound and special effects, we are able to travel from city to city. We have provided entertaining, educational and fundraising performances to schools, organizations, day cares, churches, hospitals, museums, and other corporate sponsored events.

Our key objective is to improve character education and youth literacy using the timeless art of string puppetry. We build language skills by storytelling, relating events, and the recall of our songs and rhymes. Another key objective is to complement current educational institution curriculums by supporting teacher initiatives and encouraging parental participation in the educational process. Thereto, we provide you with a custom designed study guide complete with puppet history, puppet building activities, games and puzzles. The guide is a useful educational tool and combined with the excitement of our performance and workshops, will lend to stimulate and enthuse children long after TNET is gone.

This is a unique theatre and learning experience for the entire family.

Artist Work Samples

Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Beauty and The Beast

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Beauty and the Beast is one of the most of beloved fairytale stories, perhaps only second to Cinderella in popularity and influence. First published in 1756 France by Madam LePrince de Beaumont, the English translation first appeared in 1761. This string puppet performance masterpiece is a tale of a gentle, self-sacrificing woman who, with love and the meaning of true beauty, transforms a bestial creature into a handsome prince.

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Program Title: Beauty and The Beast (cont.)

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

By lending students a meaningful, close-up, behind the scenes look at puppet theatre, and enlarging their understanding of how the production was built students will develop an appreciation because this direct exposure improves academic performance and promotes physical and psychological well-being.

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Program Title: Jack and the Beanstalk

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Jack and the Beanstalk first appeared as the story of Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Beans in 1734. The fairytale, now performed by master puppeteers, is a story of courage, good verses evil, and right verses wrong. It depicts a young boy who trades the family cow for three magic beans. Later, he climbs a magical beanstalk to find gold, a magic harp and a hen that lays golden eggs. In the end, the boy escapes a fearsome giant to keep his rewards and his creative imagination.

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