About This Program
Alphabetisimo! Interactive Shadow Theater Show
Explore the enchanting realm of “Alphabetisimo” in this captivating assembly by teaching artist Natasha Mirny. Step into the hidden House of Light, where letters and words spring to life, frolic, and weave enchanting tales. Watch as shadow letters transform into mesmerizing shadow characters, breaking free from their shadowy abode to become lively flat puppets.
This immersive experience provides adults with a valuable opportunity to enrich reading skills and create engaging storytimes at home or in the classroom and introduces shadow puppets as an accessible resource for early English language learners. Infused with elements of STEM, children will delve into the intricacies of light and shadow through shadow theater, unraveling the mysteries of light travel and manipulation of shadow size. Following the workshop, discussions will delve into diverse books exploring themes related to the alphabet, silhouettes, shapes, light, and shadows.
“I want to start off by saying Natasha’s performance in the workshop was wonderful. My students enjoyed it so much they have been begging to watch the video in order to experience it again. I would love to have had Natasha’s theater as a residency. There is so much we can do with the shadow theater. With literacy, mathematics, and science...everything. I love that she came with her own set of classroom management techniques. It was refreshing to see that happen.”
“Natasha created a friendly and inviting atmosphere in the studio, engaging families with young children in the process of making shadow puppets before the show. The project was age-appropriate and part of the literacy mission of the workshop. The children and adults were captivated by the puppet show. Afterward, everyone got a chance to become a puppeteer and try the puppet characters they created behind the stage. Natasha also demonstrated how parents can continue the experience at home and use shadow theater to enhance reading skills of their children and to create meaningful and engaging storytime for children and the whole family.”
"She was great, you could tell she really enjoyed performing for the audience, as well as enjoyed teaching the craft of shadow puppets. Awesome job!"
La Plata Branch Charles County Library