Performances to Grow On
Performances to Grow On

School Assemblies
Opening New Horizons for Schools

If we omit the arts from the curriculum, we are in effect short-changing the mind.

— Howard Gardner, Harvard researcher


Welcome to a new year full of wonderful possibilities in the arts. Performances To Grow On is adding an important link to arts education with this assembly program to bring the arts to your school.

See also Adventures in the Performing Arts for field trips to the theatre. 

We believe in a balanced curriculum and the power of the arts to make the educational process more relevant and exciting. In these times of standards and testing, the arts can play a vital role in helping to enrich the curriculum. We hope your school can take advantage of these extraordinary artists and book assemblies for the coming year. Each of the programs in this booklet comes with a special guide designed to help you prepare your students for what they will see as well as providing follow-up activities.  Performances To Grow On looks forward to being part of your Arts-in-education program. 

star To schedule an assembly, fill out an order form and mail it to:

Performances To Grow On, P.O. Box 212, Ojai, CA, 93024, or e-mail

Our touring performers are award-winning artists that perform all over the United States. The cost includes their travel and hotel accommodations. These artists are block booked throughout Ventura County making these shows quite affordable compared to a single booking.You must complete this form for each program you wish to reserve. A $100 deposit must accompany each assembly reservation. Full payment is due 3 weeks prior to the show date. For more information, please call Brian Bemel, (310) 890-1439.


Touring Assemblies: Fixed dates for the 2018-2019 School Year


Kuniko Yamamoto with fluteOrigami Tales with Kuniko Yamamoto
March 4-8, 2019

1 assembly $800; 2 assemblies $1200

Welcome to the infinite world of Origami! In Japanese, ori- means “to fold” and -gami means “paper”. Using origami, music and audience participation, storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto provides a magical entry into Japanese culture. In her new show “Origami Tales”, mythological character masks & puppets, amazing flowers and a dragon — all made from origami — set the stage while Kuniko shares heartfelt stories from ancient Japan.

According to organization/school needs, in 45-60 minutes show, expect boundless imagination out of simple paper folding and uplifting world of storytelling.

Stage requirement: a sound system to hook up her wireless headset microphone and MP3 player or CD; minimum stage area of 6’ depth and 12’ width; a variety of stage lighting. 

Workshop on Paper Folding can be added for students or teachers for an additional cost: Students: $200, Teachers: $400. All materials are provided. Student workshops limited
to 25. The workshop is 1 hour for students, 90 minutes for teachers. | video | teacher resource

This performance is made possible in part by
the National Endowment for the Arts and the Western States Arts Federation


Assemblies by Arrangement for the 2019 School Year



Antonio Sacre, Bilingual Storyteller

1 assembly $750; 2 assemblies $1100; 3 assemblies $1500

Antonio is a nationally acclaimed storyteller that tells folktales from Latin America and original stories with humor and style. Antonio connects with students of all ages and his warm personality and engaging style are a winning combination for students of all ages. Antonio is also a published author.


Boxtales Theatre Company

Iron John only: 1 assembly $700; 2 assemblies $850; 3 assemblies $1000
All other shows : 1 assembly $800; 2 assemblies $950; 3 assemblies $1100

BOXTALES Theatre Company uses storytelling, music, masks, and movement to present world myths and folktales to audiences of all ages. | video

Stand Up Stories NEW SHOW! Stand Up Stories – Multicultural Tales to Live by - Explore the corners of the world to gain wisdom and compassion on a fun filled journey with lions, magical fairies and Greek Gods!

Boxtales' Stand Up Stories | study guide

Africa to America NEW SHOW! Africa to America – The Ananse Story - Ananse the Trickster Spider is having a party, and you're invited! Sing and dance with him, while he travels to new lands and transforms in the process. This show features live West African drum rhythms & songs. Great for Black History month.

Boxtales' Africa to America

Iron JohnIron John – A Brothers Grimm Tale - Journey with the wild man to the dark forest, pass the test, and become a king in this action-packed tale of wonder and transformation, featuring acrobatics, mime and live music!

Boxtales' Iron John | study guide

Hero TwinsWaters of the Earth – Multicultural Tales of the Sea - Sing Sea Chanteys and sail around the world with a magical Selky, the Greek God Dionysus and Sinbad the Sailor!

Boxtales' The Hero Twins - A Mayan Story | study guide

Hero TwinsThe Hero Twins – A Mayan Story - This interactive, bilingual show follows the Mayan Hero Twins down into the underworld, where together with the audience, they must call on their animal friends to outwit the wicked, three-headed Lords of Xibalba!

Boxtales' The Hero Twins - A Mayan Story | study guide

B'rer RabbitB'rer Rabbit and Other Trickster Tales from Around the World - These stories inspire self-reliance and creative problem solving on a humorous and magical journey with wily creatures who teach us folk wisdom, and life lessons.

Boxtales' B'rer Rabbit | video | study guide

The OdysseyThe Odyssey – Heroic Tales from Greek Mythology - Journey with the great hero Odysseus while he encounters Poseidon, Zeus, the Cyclopes, Calypso, Circe and many others in this Classic Greek adventure tale!

Boxtales' The Odyssey | video | study guide


Dan Crow

1 assembly $550; 2 assemblies $700; 3 assemblies $900

Dan is a wonderful performer known for his zany songs and stories. The biggest secret about Dan is that his school shows are not only fun but quite educational. For the primary grades his focus is on sounds and Dan explores language in a way kids will never forget. For upper grades, Dan does songs about homonyms, prepositions, palindromes, etc., as well as myths and his own original stories. Dan's friendly manner and zany characters are a winning combination your students will long cherish. | study guide | video


Michael McCarty - Storyteller

1 assembly $600; 2 assemblies $800; 3 assemblies $950

Known for his high-energy performances, Michael will take your students across the globe through story. Using humor, movement and spirited telling, Michael will captivate your students with his exciting program. video