FABULISTS

Play gives children a chance to practie what they are learing

-Fred Rogers


 

The Fabulists have originated a musical presentation showcasing Aesop’s most popular fables. Aside from being lots of fun, the show integrates storytelling, music, puppets, singing and time-tested morals.

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

We believe it is important for children to have diverse opportunities to learn, develop, and practice moral reasoning and ethical behaviors. The younger children are when this begins, the better. Our program allows for this development to take place 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

 
 
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How our program works

The Fabulists (Barb and myself) 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 program 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 classroom.

 

For Booking Contact:

Barb.davidson56@gmail.com  303-957-6226

Gary.davidson56@gmail.com  303-957-9824

 

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

Jason - 1st grade

 

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The Tortoise and the Hare

 
 

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

 

Biography

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.

My wife Barb partnered with me in the creation of this newest CD. She is a Special Education teacher and a Parenting Consultant as well as the Concept Artist on the cover of this CD and illustrator for the upcoming companion book.

As for myself, I moved to the Denver Metro area with my family as a teenager, I was given my first guitar at sixteen and wrote my first three chord song a week later. Life couldn’t be better, I found my passion. My first professional opportunity was writing and performing a segment song for the children’s TV series Caraway Street. I recorded my first original album Waves in 1981. Also, this year I met the love of my life, Barb, we married and had two children over the next few years.

I continued in music connecting with a musical group Expressions of the Soul.  Our first professional project was writing and performing the soundtrack for the movie This Place of Love.  We also wrote, arranged, and produced four full length CDs. Also, around that time, I directed the Cherub Children’s Choir at our church, which provided a great opportunity to write songs and share the gift of music with children.

It is our sincere wish that this CD and upcoming companion book will become a regular part of your family as your children and grandchildren grow.

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