Students learn how our understanding of Earth's invisible magnetic force and static electricity led to inventions such as the lightening rod, battery, motor, and light bulb. Beginning with the ancient Greeks, puppet characters including Dr. William Gilbert, Queen Elizabeth I, Benjamin Franklin, Michael Faraday, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and Santa Claus enact pivotal moments of scientific discovery throughout the world. The show's curriculum encompasses history, literature, theatre, and art while specifically reinforcing COMPETENCY GOAL 3 of the NC Essential Standards in science in several grades pertaining to magnetism & electricity, lightening safety, the parts of a light bulb, circuits, conductors & insulators, and energy conservation. The show is performed with large tabletop rod puppets and animated projections. The insightful rhyming puppeteer duo of GLOW and FLOW guide the audience through historical vignettes with humor and enthusiasm.
Lisa Sturz, Artistic Director, has been a puppeteer and teaching artist for over thirty years specializing in curriculum based performances and residencies. She has worked with Henson Productions, Walt Disney Imagineering, Lucasfilm, PBS, Ice Capades, NBC, UNC-TV, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, Asheville Symphony, Birmingham Children's Theatre and The Lyric Opera of Chicago. Red Herring Puppets tours nationally and has performed several times at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. They have received an UNIMA citation of Excellence - the highest honor in American puppetry.