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Talespinner Children’s Theatre Goes on Tour with an Encore Presentation

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“The Tale of the Name of the Tree” is the first production ever performed by TCT

Talespinner Children’s Theatre (TCT) will be hitting the road with the production that started it all. From Friday, July 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. TCT will be performing at Dobama Theatre (located at 2340 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

The animals have run out of food and it is up to the “King of Beasts” and a magical tree to save them. The only problem is the animals must remember the tree’s name. This delightful adaptation of a Bantu folktale combines storytelling, puppets, masks, percussion and dance to create and exciting and entrancing world of rhythm. This universal story is very family friendly and will open discussions among family members concerning the various themes such as believe in yourself, and don't judge a book by its cover.This is a celebration of story-telling that uses elements of style from different parts of the globe to create a tale that reaches out to everyone.

The Tale of the Name of the Tree

Adapted by Michael Sepesy
Directed by Alison Garrigan
Original Movement and Musical Direction by Najaa Young
Costume Design by Melanie Boeman
Set Design by Lydia Chanenka and Alison Garrigan
Puppet Design by Lydia Chanenka
Lion Design by Alison Garrigan
Production Manager Lisa Ortenzi
The Acting Company:
Tortoise…Elaine Feagler
Ostrich…Dan Rand
Elephant…Ben Merold
Cheetah…Katelyn Cornelius
Meerkat…Richie Gagen

Performances: Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12 at 10am and 1pm.
Tickets: Children 12 and under, $5, Adults $10. Group rates are available. For tickets, call Dobama Theatre at 216.932.3396, or visit their website at

For tickets, you can make reservations by calling 216.932.3396 or visit

Next on the TCT Stage

Loki & Lucy (a Norse Mythology Story)
Adapted by Michael Geither
September 20th through October 12th


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