Reviews


 

What Parents & Children Think

Lumpy Bumpy: "Wow! What can I say? This was an amazing performance. I could not have been happier. All of the children enjoyed the performance and there were many adults who enjoyed it just as much, if not more! Thank you for helping make my first outing as Project Arts Coordinator successful on all levels."

-- Anonymous, P.S. 72, Brooklyn
 
Tobias Turkey: “My colleagues and I would like to take this opportunity to again thank you for the amazing show we saw; it was incredibly lively and held the interest of the children throughout the show. Our pupils are multipally-handicapped, many of them in wheelchairs. They were escorted to an area where they had a clear view of the stage. All of our pupils participated by clapping and attempting to do the body actions that they were instructed to do. A great time was had by all."

-- P.S. 396, Brooklyn
 
Big Annie "Children thoroughly enjoyed the show. It was a great culmination of our folktale unit. We discussed and wrote about this wonderful enrichment activity. "

-- P.S. 203, Brooklyn
 
Lumpy Bumpy Pumpkin: “A wonderful show! What a creative way to teach young children about teasing and bullying. My daughter sang your songs all the way home. She wants to name her Halloween pumpkin Lumpy Bumpy“

-- Melissa M, Parent
 
Lumpy Bumpy Pumpkin "I liked the play very much. It was very funny and I liked when Sally went Boo!"

-- Rhianna, student, PS99Q
 
"We loved Tobias Turkey. It was a funny show. My favrut part is when Tobias got his crawn from farmer Joe. I also liked when we sang the song. You tell great storyes."

-- Student, Matthew, PS 99Q
 
"Your show was amazing. Tobias Turkey was the greatest show I have ever seen. It was fantasting!"

-–Student, Stephanie, PS99Q
 
"I liked when Tobias was very thin and he was also very determined and he was courageous and brave."

--Alfrayad, PS 99Q
 
"I had to write and tell you that my son doesn’t stop singing the Big Annie song all day long. He listens to the CD. You should hear him. I am sending you a video of it. Please let us know when your next performance is.”

--Parent, Brooklyn
 
"We loved the show.(African Drum) It was fantastic. I love it! Yes I do."

-- Jackeline, PS 3
 
"I like the part when they were singing 'Abi YoYo.' I loved the part when Kijana’s parents found her and were happy."

--Fatumata, PS 28X
 
Earth & Me "I particulary liked what you called “magic” and I think it was a different play in the way that it wasn’t just wonderful but you can enjoy learning at the same time. I also think that it was about how children can make a difference also not just Adults."

-–Milas, PS 290
 
"I think your show could inspire children to help the earth because children would not want to live in a nasty world. I should tell more of my friends this so they would help the world. I enjoyed the show I think it inspired me."

-–Jennifer, PS 290

 

Big Annie: "Very special, magical performances...SBT is one of the excursions that is a must at least once a year, if not more."

-- P.S. 145, Brooklyn
 
 
Big Annie: I’m doing a unit on folk tales. I bought the book and the audio. The children love to listen to the voices and songs on the tape!”

-- Debra Silver, P.S. 181, Queens
 

 

African drum: " Because it included song, dance, music, storytelling, puppets and shadows, it appeals to everyone in the audience... Kudos! The African Drum provided us with a rich springboard for follow-up activities in art, music, storytelling, dance and movement."

-- P.S. 119, Brooklyn
 
African Drum: "The African Drum was fun for all who attended. I particularly like the way the children are encouraged to interact."

-- Teacher, P.S. 315, Brooklyn
 

 

African Drum: “I’ve attended the performance of ‘The African Drum’ twice and have enjoyed it both times! The kids love it and I really get use out of the materials you give me! I use the book during Black History Month and when I’m doing a unit on folk tales.

-- PS 3 Brooklyn
 
 
African Drum: "The children were very excited about the story. They loved the interaction and went home speaking Swahili!"

-- P.S. 207, Brooklyn
 
 

 

African Drum: "The African Drum was not only beautifully and esthetically executed, but foremost, concretely appealed to the children's sensibilities. The cultural significance of both the storyteller and the use of drums for music as well as a source of communication was clearly conveyed. The combination of live actors and actresses communicating through song with shadow puppets in a simulated African environment suspended our disbelief and transported us to Africa. The total result was enchanting to the children and myself.."

-- P.S. 52, Brooklyn
 
“I recently accompanied my granddaughter’s class to a Shadow Box performance. We saw and very much enjoyed The African Drum. I purchased the book and tape of How the Turtle Got its Shell. She has spent many happy completely involved hours with it. She wants to share it with everyone. As a retired teacher, I appreciate the excellent quality of the material. Thanks for the pleasure you have provided for a precious little girl (and subsequently her grandmother)”

-- Grandparent, Queens
 
 
"I think your play The Earth & Me was an educational and powerful play...I think this play will inspire kids to keep their world clean and respect it. My favorite part was all the animals together and the music that went along with it. It would be a very big disappointment to me if it stopped playing because I think other kids should share this wonderful experience."

-- Milos V (Student)
 
 
"There was a lot of thought that was put into the play (The Earth & Me). So when the play was unfortunately over, I put everything in the play together, and I got the message of what the play was trying to say, and it touched my feelings so deeply, it brought tears to my eyes. I loved the play and I hope to see it again soon."

-- Your happy viewer, Nick
 

 

 

What Teachers Think

"I must take a moment to comment on an exceptional program which we at P.S. 30 have experienced...Programs such as SBT's provide an invaluable experience to students who have had very limited exposure to the performing arts. Art as an expression of culture, history, joy, and information, helps children better understand their world."

-- P.S. 30, Queens
 
"This fabulous resource...The variety of culturally-rich plays impart valuable lessons to our children in self-worth, safety, health, and many other important aspects we like to teach."

-- P.S. 145, Brooklyn
 
"Very special, magical performances...SBT is one of the excursions that is a must at least once a year, if not more."

-- P.S. 145, Brooklyn
 
 
The Earth & Me: "The Earth & Me was beautiful and every single person expressed their delight in seeing it. One woman's children had already seen the show in their schools but were eager to see it again. The music and dancing were superb... Thanks again for being such a culturally rich and conveniently located resource for our agency."

-– Veritas Therapeutic Community, NY
 

 

"I look forward to SBT productions as perfect additions to social studies, multicultural and literature curricula. The shows always hold children's attention, involve audience participation and leave them with an important lesson for life."

-- P.S. 31, Bronx
 
 
 
"My colleagues and I would like to take this opportunity to again thank you for the amazing show we saw; it was incredibly lively and held the interest of the children throughout the show. Our pupils are multipally-handicapped, many of them in wheelchairs. They were escorted to an area where they had a clear view of the stage. All of our pupils participated by clapping and attempting to do the body actions that they were instructed to do. A great time was had by all."

-- P.S. 396, Brooklyn (attends multiple performances)
 
 
Earth & Me: "I arranged for my E.S.L. classes to attend The Earth & Me on (my birthday). It was the best present I could have gotten. We all had such a glorious experience! The presentation is easily understood without a high degree of facility in English. It is perfect for new language learners. If we only have one trip next year, it will certainly be to the Shadow Box Theatre presentation. May you continue your wonderful

-– P.S. 233, Brooklyn
 
 

 

 

What the Press Thinks

The African Drum: "There isn't much in Brooklyn that resembles the Serengeti Plains. Except, perhaps, the stage at the YWCA, where the Shadow Box Theatre is celebrating Black History Month with The African Drum.’ All are shadow puppets, which are so deftly manipulated behind a lighted screen that the colorful animals appear to be frolicking in the grasslands."

-- New York Times
 
The African Drum: "Behind the screen, busy hands artfully maneuvered thin poles to manipulate the jointed figures formed from rainbow-hued pieces of plastic. Before the screen, more than 100 youngsters watched delightedly yesterday as striped zebras, spotted leopards, magnificently garbed African warriors, elephants and engaging birds flitted in silhouette across the illuminated screen...For those who think of puppets either on strings or on the hand like a glove, shadow puppetry is a delightful new find with the charm of an animated cartoon."

-- The Washington Post
 
The African Drum: "This endearing presentation of The African Drum is an ideal way to familiarize children with African folklore. They are transported into a world of colorful tales enhanced by African rhythm and song. And so with this production, the Shadow Box Theatre has found a wonderful way to honor Black History Month."

-- The Black America
 

 

The Earth & Me: "Children's theater is refreshing because it does not require the standard protocol of erect postures and silence. When something wows the children, they exhale great bursts of 'ooohs' and 'aaahs.' We adults have to stifle our natural reactions. The Brooklyn YWCA turned into an arena of screeches and yelps Wednesday morning as bigger-than-life butterfly and bumble bee puppets swarmed over the stage, in The Shadow Box Theatre's presentation of The Earth & Me."

-- Brooklyn Daily Eagle
 
 
The Earth & Me: "The earth evolved over millions of years, but mankind has needed only a few centuries to pollute it. The Shadow Box Theatre evokes both of these histories in its 50-minute musical , in which the battle-scarred earth does some singing of her own and poses environmental solutions a child can embrace."

-- The New York Times
 
 
Big Annie: "Once Upon A Story is a colorful mixture of shadow puppet plays, sing-along folk songs and lots of audience involvement and warmth. The Shadow puppets are dazzling…. 'Big Annie' is a Mississippi River tall tale charmingly told. The show I saw was a delight!"

-- Wisdom’s Child (New York Guide)