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Hobey Ford
"Animalia" by Hobey Ford

School Matinee Performance (Grades 2-3)
Friday, Nov. 18, 2011
9:15 & 11:15 am, Kenan Auditorium


Hobey Ford’s “Animalia”, delightfully explores the magical world of animals through the creative movement of Ford's original rod puppets, called “foamies”. Carved from large blocks of foam with intricate mechanical designs and details that give each puppet realistic movements, Ford's creations allow him to break out of the traditional puppet theater booth and turn the entire theater into a performance stage.

Curriculum Connections (Grades 2-3)

Science: animal kingdom; endangered species; animal life cycle; metamorphosis; skeletal movement of animals
Language Arts: storytelling; comprehension and fluency; drama and puppetry

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Tickets & Information

Free for second and third grade students in New Hanover County. To register, download the Registration Form (pdf), and fax the completed form to the Office of Cultural Arts at 910.962.7008. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

About the Residency

During a week-long residency in New Hanover County, puppeteer Hobey Ford will present a series of workshops for students, teachers and parents at Snipes Academy of Art and Design and two school performances of his acclaimed work “Animalia” for the county’s second and third grade students. Hobey Ford is the recipient of puppetry’s highest honor, the UNIMA Citation of Excellence, and is a three-time recipient of the Jim Henson Foundation Grant.

Kennedy Center Partners in Education

The University of North Carolina Wilmington Office of Cultural Arts and New Hanover County Schools are members of the Partners in Education Program of the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts. Selected because of their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, the Partnership Team participates in collaborative efforts to provide professional development opportunities in the arts for educators.

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This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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