Boxtales Theatre Company
Matt Tavianini

Professional Theater Company

"Captivating costumes and characters—the kids were riveted! Thank you for meeting them on their level!"
3rd grade teacher, Hope Elementary, CA


Boxtales Theatre Company: Engaging multicultural theatrical performances using storytelling, music, masks, and movement to present world myths and folktales to audiences of all ages.

Description of programs:

The Hero Twins - A Mayan Story (NEW SHOW!)
The The Popol Vuh  is the central creation myth of the Quiche Maya people of Central America. It tells the story of Hero Twins who journey down to the Underworld to be tested by and eventually defeat the evil Lords of Xibalba, avenging the death of their father, and clearing the path for human beings to arrive on Earth. The story is filled with magic, a close connection to the animal world and the struggle between life and death. Like Homer's Odyssey, it is one of the world's great "Hero's Journey" tales. (This show addresses California Department of Education content standards in English Language Arts; Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development; Reading Comprehension; Literary Response and Analysis; and English Language Development. Learning Guide)

B'rer Rabbit and other Tricksters Tales from Around the World (NEW SHOW!)
Boxtales inspires self-reliance and creative problem solving on a humorous and magical journey with wily creatures who teach us folk wisdom, morals, and life lessons in this collection of Trickster Tales from around the world. Directed by the company, this show features performers Matt Tavianini, Michael Andrews and Deven Sisler and beautiful masks by Ann Chevrefils and Lindsay Rust. (This show addresses California Department of Education content standards in English Language Arts; Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development; Reading Comprehension; Literary Response and Analysis; and English Language Development. Learning Guide)

Prince Rama and the Monkey King
BOXTALES is pleased to present Prince Rama & the Monkey King, our new outreach and touring show based on the Indian classic The Ramayana.
Prince Rama tells the story of Rama of Ayodhya and his wife Sita who is abducted by a demon king, and Rama’s journey to win her back and defeat the powers of darkness in the world. (Prince Rama is filled with examples of virtue, values and morality lived out in a challenging and complex world. This entertaining show is more relevant to our times than ever and is presented in the classic BOXTALES style. Don’t miss this unforgettable, curriculum oriented show. Learning Guide)

Iron John
This dynamic production is based on Iron John, one the best German fairy tales found in the collections of the Brothers Grimm, about a wild man and a prince. The story is a parable about a boy maturing into adulthood through meaningful rites of passage. (The message of Iron John is that we all have a wealth of gold inside, and that one needs to identify, cultivate and protect it. Iron John reminds us of our connectedness to nature, and the power of the imagination, and that ultimately we are at our best when we serve something bigger than ourselves. Learning Guide)

The Odyssey - Heroic Tales from Greek Mythology
BOXTALES is pleased to present The Odyssey, Heroic Tales from Greek Mythology, now available for elementary schools and theatres. In this show, Greek Hero Odysseus tells of his ten-year journey home form the Trojan War. His encounters with Poseidon, Athena, Zeus, the Cyclops, the Sirens and many other adventures are presented in the classic BOXTALES style. (Don’t miss this unforgettable, curriculum oriented show. Learning Guide)

Leyendas De Duende - Magical Tales of Latin America
Leyendas De Duende explores the rich Indigenous and Hispanic folklore and mythology of Latin America, with stories from Mexico and Puerto Rico as well as Afro/Cuban Rhythm and Song. The stories include La Calavera from Mexico, Paco and the Witch from Puerto Rico and a song that calls to "Elegua - the trickster god of the crossroads", from the Afro-Cuban tradition of Santeria. (This bilingual performance was directed by renowned Mexican theater artist Sigfrido Aguilar, in Guanajuato, Mexico, and features stunningly beautiful masks designed by Ann Chevrefils. Learning Guide)


Grades: K-12

Instructional Materials Available:
Teacher's Guide, Student Activity Page

Other: Residencies, Workshops, Family Fun Nights

CONTACT:

Boxtales Theatre Company
PO Box 91521
Santa Barbara, CA 93190
Matt Tavianini
(626) 280-3329

E-mail: info@boxtales.org

Web Site: www.boxtales.org