Going Buggy

World Tales about insects told using puppets, masks, shadow puppets, music, dramatic play, and audience participation. Three tales are told using three different story telling styles.  

The Stories: 

The first story is based on an African folktale.  It is "The First Caterpillar".
In this tale two adventurous boys are taught a lesson about respect and speaking politely to others.

The second story is a Mexican Folktale, "The Little Red Ant And The Great Big Crumb."
In this tale a small ant learns to respect himself and the value of perseverance.

The third tale is a Native American story, "How Grandmother Spider Found The Light".
 This is told using shadow puppetry. This tale emphasizes respect for elders.


Lots of audience participation is used to bring these stories alive and keep the audience engaged.  Jeanne opens her show warming up voices with an age appropriate activity songs
and guitar.

  Going Buggy has delighted audiences in libraries, schools,camps and day cares.

Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
When not performing Jeanne Wall works as a Master Artist for Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts.
As a drama specialist, Jeanne has spent many hours in classrooms demonstrating how to use the arts to accomplish curriculum goals. Her latest efforts have focused on the new STEM initiatives, teaching simple machines and rudimentary engineering to preschoolers.

 Working with teachers and children, her goal has always been, to make using the arts fun and easy.

Reviews :
To Whom it May Concern,
    Jeanne Wall, from Goodlife Theatre, not only presented a well-designed, entertaining, and educational one-person show, Let’s Make a Circus, but also she did it under less than optimal conditions with grace and professionalism. Her performance captivated the entire audience with her humor and enthusiasm while involving the students both as a group and as individuals. She adjusted to the school’s changing schedule without complaint and without letting the last-minute alterations in the performance schedule affect her relationship with the audience. In addition, she altered her personal plans to permit an additional day in Franklin County after rain from hurricane Jeanne closed schools during one day of this residency. I wish we were able to capture and share the wonder on children’s faces as they spun plates on sticks and helped push a needle through a balloon. The comments of students, teachers, and principals clearly prove that she was one of the very most appreciated artists we have presented
Dr. Jody D. Brown
thr Franklin Guild
Moneta, VA 24121

Dear Sir/Madam:

In the spring of 2002, Jeanne Wall returned to the Arlington Traditional School to present the GoodLife Theater's "Let's Make a Circus."  Jeanne's Lula was a delightful character which performed age-appropriate circus arts for an audience comprised of 2 years olds and beyond.  The show was designed to encourage audience participation and build self-esteem and confidence in the youngest in attendance.  I found the show to be laugh-out-loud fun!  Jeanne was truly transformed into the believable, engaging character of Lula.

The Arlington Traditional School has been fortunate to have the GoodLife Theater perform at our school.  As the multicultural coordinator of the Parent Teacher Association, it has been a privilege to work with Jeanne Wall and Joe Pipik.  They have been exemplary artists and professionals in their field.  I am very much interested in having the GoodLife Theater return to Arlington Traditional School to perform.
                            Tracy Hanafin
                            Multicultural Assemblies Coordinator
                            Arlington Traditional School PTA