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The Flying Tortoise: A Nigerian Trickster Tale

Artist: Carolyn Koerber

Type: Assemblies / Performances


Trickster tales are used in all world cultures to entertain and inform younger generations. In the tale in this theatre performance, Mbeku the tortoise thinks he deserves the best because of his good looks. He tricks the other animals into giving him what he wants until the birds play a trick of their own, forcing Mbeku to rely on his wits—not his appearance—to survive.

Sample Common Core connections
RL.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers

RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events


Audience Limit: 250

Program Length: 45

Appropriate for Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade


Assembly Price: $440

Assembly Back-to-Back Price: $600

Workshop Cost per Day: NA

Workshop Materials Fee: NA

Travel Fee: Mileage fee may apply.

Technical Requirements

- School contact to meet artist upon arrival and direct to performance site, help with lighting, etc
- Artist will arrive 45 minutes prior to performance time. Please have someone assigned to assist in unloading and loading equipment. Please supply a flat cart, if no one is available.
- Cleared indoor performance area, away from interference and noise
- Performance area 12 feet by 12 feet and 8 feet high
- If performance is on stage, children should be on chairs. If on the floor, children should be seated on the floor.


Anti-Bullying Month
National Arts and Humanities Month
National Arts in Education Week

Curriculum Connections

Character Education
Common Core-aligned
World History