Directed by Cindy Hartigan, Dance Faculty

"Action! Shape Your World" -- Original Production for Kids 1 to 99


Show Description

Our world is what we make it. When we allow the mundane to become magical, the tiniest speck of imagination allows a new world to take shape all around us. In our original production 'Action! Shape Your World,' performers will use movement, puppets, music, and dance to create a beautiful new world at each performance. Watch ordinary objects become wonderful creatures and discover the boundless possibilities in a simple triangle. We welcome kids from 1 to 99 to join the adventure as we explore the secret worlds that live inside all of us.


Post-Show Reflection Activity

Activity #1 "The Thing": 

During the show, you probably noticed the performers handling an invisible “thing” now and then.

On paper draw what you think the invisible 'thing’ would look like if we could see it!

Remember, the 'thing' you saw might not look like the 'thing’ someone else saw today.

You have a different brain, it's ok to have a different idea!

Feel free to share your ideas and share your drawings! #actionshapeyourworld #NCCaction2019


Activity #2 "This Not That": 

Everyday objects don't have to be normal and boring, they can be whatever we want them to be. 

Look around the room to find one special object and then bring it back to the group. 

We will all put our objects in the middle of the circle and study what everyone brought back.

Now it's time to talk about our objects, but they are not ordinary like people may think!

A role of tape could be the trendiest new bracelet and a marker could be a sonic telescope, the possibilities are endless!

Depending on age, we will all make up commercials for our objects (including a jingle and catchphrase)!


Information for Parents and Teachers -

While our show is not based on any existing text, the following books touch on the themes we explored throughout the devising process.


For Early Readers -

"What Do You Do With An Idea?" by Kobi Yamada

"Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak

"The Promise" by Nicola Davies


For Young Readers -

"Hole in the Wall" by Tevin Hansen

"Fortunately, the Milk" by Neil Gaiman


For Parents and Educators -

"Children's Imagination; Creativity Under Our Noses" by Ursula Kolbe

"Puppetry in Early Childhood Education" by Tamara Hunt and Nancy Renfro


Early Education Benchmarks


1.A.ECd Identify emotions from facial expressions and body language.

1.C.ECa Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with teacher assistance, provide additional detail.

5.B.ECc With teacher assistance, use a combination of drawing, dictating, or writing to narrate a single event and provide a reaction to what happened.



9.A.ECa Recognize and name common two- and three-dimensional shapes and describe some of their attributes 9.A.ECc Identify and name some of the faces (flat sides) of common three-dimensional shapes using two-dimensional shape names. 9.A.ECe Think about/imagine how altering the spatial orientation of a shape will change how it looks



11.A.ECa Express wonder and curiosity about their world by asking questions, solving problems, and designing things.



25.A.ECa Movement and Dance: Build awareness of, explore, and participate in dance and creative movement activities. 25.A.ECb Drama: Begin to appreciate and participate in dramatic activities. 25.A.ECc Music: Begin to appreciate and participate in music activities.

25.B.ECa Describe or respond to their creative work or the creative work of others.



30.A.ECa Recognize and label basic emotions. 30.C.ECa Exhibit eagerness and curiosity as a learner. 30.C.ECc Show some initiative, self-direction, and independence in actions. 30.C.ECd Demonstrate engagement and sustained attention in activities. 31.A.ECb Recognize the feelings and perspectives of others.



Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work.

Anchor Standard 8: Construct meaningful interpretations of artistic work.

Anchor Standard 9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.

Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding