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The Knee-High Man: An African American Fable

Artist: Carolyn Koerber

Type: Assemblies / Performances


This theatre assembly of a folktale takes audiences south to the Okefenokee Swamp, where a man named Billy is ashamed when he discovers he is only knee-high to a man and runs away from home. When Billy gets lost in the swamp and has to use his brain to survive, he learns that his height is not a measure of his worth.

Sample Common Core connection
RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g. their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.


Audience Limit: 250

Program Length: 45 minutes

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.


Black History Month
Diversity Awareness Month
National Arts and Humanities Month
National Arts in Education Week

Curriculum Connections

21st Century Skills
American History
Character Education
Common Core-aligned
World History