The Mystic Paper Beasts theater troupe has been cheered around the globe for their extraordinary collection of simply-made yet expressive mythological masks, ingenious props which transform everyday objects into beasts, beings, tools and treasures, and for the whimsy and exuberance of their performance—a playful style full of rapid changes, dancing, miming, and singing. Sky Tales presents a constellation of Native American Tales from seven different Native nations – tales of the sky gathered like stars from a variety of traditional narratives, magical revealing, and transformative. Characters are distinguishable by the hand-made masks worn by the Beast player Marya Ursin. Sky Tales teaches students about myth, grounding them in some fundamental stories from Native American tradition and inspires them with a Do-It-Yourself approach to art-making.
Program available in person.
Audience Limit: 200-300
Curriculum Connection: Mask Theatre, Native American Folktales, Myth, Movement, DIY Arts
Video: Remote Arts Learning Showcase (Mystic Paper Beasts begin at 1:30)
Single Performance: $500
Additional Performances: $400
Travel: $80 per day
Pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts
- Access to an electrical outlet
- A private place to change
- A playing space at least 12’ by 20’, ideally 20’ by 35'
- Enough height to manipulate 10’ tall masks
Audience limit for K-2: 200 students
Audience limit for 3-5: 300 students
Arrival time before first performance: 60 minutes
Strike time: 30 minutes
Time needed between performances: 15 minutes
Teachers are expected to model appropriate audience behavior for students.
Please introduce the performer as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts artist.