The Fabulists

fab·u·list ˈfabyələst/ noun

  1. a person who composes or relates fables.


We are storytellers who share the wisdom of Aesop's Fables.

Our performances make for a delightful, high interest, interactive experience by retelling the classic Aesop's Fables with original music, sing-a-longs, puppets and student puppeteering. Every child has a part and every fable has a lesson to be learned.


Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning

-Fred Rogers

The Fabulists have originated a musical presentation showcasing Aesop’s most popular fables. The show integrates storytelling, original music, puppets, singing and time-tested morals.

Why Aesop's Fables? Aesop's Fables are a traditional form of children's literature and a universal form of entertainment. They teach and simplify values and moral principles in an enjoyable, gentle, effective and non threatening way.

We believe it is important for children to have diverse opportunities to develop an appreciation for literature and reading, which will enable them to learn, develop, and practice moral reasoning and ethical behaviors. The younger children are when this begins, the better. Our program nurtures this development in a fun and supportive way.

The morals are great for our students! I also loved the songs and Puppets.

-Bev G. 2nd grade teacher


How it works

The Fabulists (Barb and Gary) retell Aesop’s Fables with costumes, puppeteering and live original music. We perform one to three fables for a group of 10 to 20 children. We provide finger puppets so each child has the opportunity to participate in the fun by acting out the characters.  Every fable has several original songs with sing-a-long parts for the children. The show can be as short as 30 minutes or and as long as an hour, depending on the group size and time constraints of the group or classroom.

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Wow! It was like watching a live movie in our classroom.

-Jason 1st grade

The Lion and the Mouse

When you play the video be sure to turn your volume up.

The interaction you provide for the students kept them engaged. They felt like they were part of the play.

-Rebecca S. 2nd grade teacher

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I loved the way you used the music with storytelling and student interaction.

-Karin A.1st grade teacher

Our story

When our children were young we read Aesop’s Fables to them and shared our thoughts on the stories and how the morals applied to our life. Soon we re-imagined the stories, creating songs and characters for each fable. We sang as we acted out the fables and discussed the morals.

As our children grew and moved away we saw the opportunity to share this music and stories with other families. We professionally recorded the narrative and songs, with many talented musicians and vocalists; creating a CD that will inspire all generations to share the literature, music, dance and other creative activities.

In 2016 Aesop's Fables the musical debuted at the Eaton International School in Suzhou, China. The production was inspired by Aesop's Fables Retold in Words and Song CD. The script was written and directed by Kimberly Jones, the school’s Drama Teacher, our daughter!

Thanks - Gary & Barb