Puppetry, music, storytelling coming to Booker T. Washington Primary

CLARKTON — Booker T. Washington Primary School will present a special family concert in the school gymnasium featuring music, storytelling, poetry and puppetry with Susana and Timmy Abell of Silver Trout Arts on Thursday, Feb. 25.

The event is open to the public and run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

With 30 years of touring experience, Timmy Abell is one of the Southeast’s most popular family entertainers. His recordings have won the highest national awards, including Parents Choice Gold, NAPPA Gold and the ALA Notable, and he was awarded the prestigious N.C. Arts Council Fellowship for Songwriting. He has performed at The Kennedy Center, The National Theater and in countless schools and concert halls across the country.

Susana Abell is a bilingual puppeteer and singer, a delightful performer who also holds a graduate teaching degree in education. She has worked in South America, Europe and the New York metro area with sponsorship including Carnegie Hall and The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

“Really, truly absolutely rich,” claims USA Today.

“Tender, funny and celebratory songs that resonate no matter what your age,” says the Los Angeles Times.

This special event is part of a week-long school and community residency funded in part by the North Carolina Arts Council.

“As teaching artists, our work together focuses on sharing with our students the idea that there are many different ways to share a story, in effect, to share their own inner creativity in a way that suits them best.” says Susana. “Our family night concerts provide a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to come together, share some great music and stories, even a European style puppet show — and remember that you don’t always have to plug something in to have a good time.”

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