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Silver Trout concerts are diverse, interactive and full of music and laughter. Multiple art forms including music, storytelling, puppetry and poetry demonstrate throughout that there are So Many Ways to Share A Story. Performances include an original puppet fable (a captivating story without words, performed to live music on the hammered dulcimer), dramatic storytelling, and award-winning original songs accompanied by music played on seven different instruments - including concertina, penny whistle, guitar, banjo and ukelele. There is even a Spanish-speaking sloth! The wide-ranging repertoire is adaptable to multiple grade levels. Programs specifically address curriculum standards from elementary (writing narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events) through middle schools (use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings). Most importantly, the concerts inspire students by offering a range of imaginative options for their own creative self-expression.
Silver Trout Arts is a dynamic collaboration of two highly respected teaching artists that combines original music with puppetry and storytelling to open a wide lens on "sharing stories" as a means of self-expression. With 30 years touring experience, Timmy Abell is one of the Southeast's most popular family entertainers. His CDs have won the highest national awards including the prestigious NC Arts Council Fellowship for Songwriting. Timmy has performed at The Kennedy Center, The National Theater and in countless schools across the country. Susana Abell is a bilingual puppeteer, writer and singer with a graduate teaching degree. She has performed and taught on three continents with sponsorship from Carnegie Hall and The Dodge Foundation.