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Story Pirates Student Matinee
November 3, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Grade Recommendation: Elementary School
Curriculum Connections: English, Theatre, Music, Creative Writing
The Story Pirates celebrate creative writing by students from coast to coast in a big, hilarious sketch comedy musical performed by professional actors and musicians. The performance is based entirely on stories written by local elementary school students, and part of the show is made up on the spot by the kids in the audience! Called “crazy entertaining”, Story Pirates will keep you doubled over laughing, all the while motivating kids to pick up a pencil and write from their own imaginations. Sketches run the gamut from kung fu ninja babies fighting crime to cats flying to tickle monsters who rule the world.
WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR STUDENTS TO HAVE THEIR STORIES ACTED OUT IN ONE OF THESE PERFORMANCES? The Norton Center and The Story Pirates will be selecting a number of stories written by children in our region to be performed at these two shows. For information on how to have your students’ stories be considered, please contact Jessica Durham at Jessica.Durham@Centre.edu or 1-859-238-5422.
CLICK HERE to download the Curriculum Connections guide for Story Pirates.
Peter Gros has nearly 30 years of field experience with wildlife. In his former position as Director of Land Animals and Vice President at Marine World/Africa USA, he and his team established breeding programs for hundreds of endangered animals. He also developed a rehabilitation program for birds of prey, as well as the largest captive breeding colony of ostriches in the United States. He is a licensed U.S.D.A. exhibitor and a wildlife lecturer. An active member of the American Zoo and Aquariums Association as well as the Zoological Association of America, Gros is also on the Board of Directors of the Suisun Marsh Natural History Association, and a trustee for the Cheetah Conservation Fund.
He is a frequent lecturer on conservation and preservation at universities, zoos, theaters and nature and science centers around the nation. His goal is to share his passion for the natural world with young people across the planet, inspiring them to protect animals both locally and globally. “We need to continue to deliver a powerful message about how each of us can make a daily difference in preserving our natural world,” Gros says. “It is possible to use our natural resources in a sustainable manner. We simply need to educate our nation’s youth about the importance of wildlife conservation.”
Peter’s life is dedicated to inspiring young people to care about wildlife and wild places. He continues to be a Champion for the natural world, traveling and speaking around the United States.
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“The Story Pirates teach kids a love of creative writing. It helps kids to see that their words and ideas are really important. I believe that what the Story Pirates are doing is helping America, nay, humanity—helping humanity itself. It’s crazy entertaining.”
—Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
“This smart, silly, irreverent crew provides audiences of all ages, and even crusty old critics, with an infusion of joy and a refreshing dose of the absurd.”
—The San Francisco Chronicle