Foolish Tales for Foolish Times


Four classic tales of misadventure, full of venerable folk wisdom from around the world, are retold in a celebration of our shared humanity. Presented in a deceptively simple, low tech style, each story is told using a different style of puppetry, and highlights how we humans can overlook the obvious when we worry needlessly about the impossible, take advice without thinking, or use yesterday’s solutions to solve today’s problems.

Each story is told with a different style of puppetry, from human-sized to hand puppet, table-top to kitchen ware. This is a richly imaginative production that kindles creativity, inspires role play and encourages thinking outside the box.

Directed by Sue Miner; written by Sue Miner, Ann Powell and David Powell; built and performed by Ann and David; and with a music-scape created and recorded by Rick Sacks. 

School touring April 2017. Book through Mariposa in the Schools


  • For family audiences, ages 4 and up
  • for Grades K to 3, audience maximum 200
  • or Grades K to 6 mixed, maximum 250
  • Approximately 45 minutes, plus optional post-performance Q & A.


School Technical Sheet for Foolish Tales

Length of performance:   45 minutes.  A Q & A session can be added on request

Set up time is one hour in the performance area
Take out time is one hour in the performance area
Thus we will need the venue for 3 hours

Maximum audience size and Grade level:  

  • For Grades 1 – 3:  maximum audience 150
  • Or for Grades 1 – 6 mixed:  maximum audience 250.

Performing area:  17′ wide by 12′ deep by 8′ high                                                                                5.2 meters wide X 3.7 meters deep X 2.5 meters ceiling.

Please note that it can not be performed on a carpeted floor.

Electricity:  Access to a standard 120 volt outlet.                                                             The company brings extension cords.

Equipment:   The company brings its own light and sound systems.

Personnel:  2 performers


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