Diana Rockwell: Ventriloquist

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SCHOOL ASSEMBLY SERIES

BOOKING PRICE: $250

RUN TIMES: UP TO 45 MINUTES

"A HEALTHY START TO A HEALTHY HEART"

Genre: Nutrition

Ages: 8 and up.

Puppet: Ira or Jo King

Synopsis: Ira is lazy, angry, and eats too much candy. "Cinnamon hearts are my favorite candy." You know what they say, you are what you eat. Ira doesn't get it, but if you've seen him, you certainly would :). Rockwell tries to engage Ira in making better use of his time such as getting active and eating healthier snacks. The truth is eating healthy can be fun as well as nutritious. Students will get a laugh and a half with this educational, yet interactive comedy. Coloring books are included with the program. Students will receive complementary Valentines along with your purchase.

 

"CAMPFIRE CUTIE"

Genre: Camping

Ages: K-5

Puppets: Sachet La'Phume and Minnie Donut

Synopsis: It's summertime and Sachet wants to go camping... But there's one problem: she is unprepared. With Rockwell's help, she learns how to prepare for the basics of camping such as what to pack and what not to pack. She also learns that it's important to have a companion along the trip, so Rockwell introduces her to Minnie Donut.

 

"HEARTS, TARTS, AND MANNERS"

Genre: Etiquette

Ages: 8 and up.

Puppets: Ira The Heart and Sachet La'Phume (formerly Jillian Pettigrew)

Synopsis: Rockwell and Jillian teach Irate Ira how to maintain proper manners in both social settings and at the dinner table. Through a series of experiments, Ira picks up these traits at his own pace, but is a little impatient about it. Great for Valentine's Day at your school.

"IN SALTY'S SHELL"

Genre: Anti-Bullying

Puppets: Salty S. Cargo and Ira

Synopsis: Ira meets a new friend, Salty... Well they're not friends to start out with. Ira picks on Salty because of his accent and naivety. Salty isn't actually salty, but sweet and kind. Ira finds this out the hard way when the two of them switch bodies for a few minutes. Ira discovers that being bullied is a tough way to go through life and in the end, he is truly sorry for his actions.

"RESISTING TEMPTATIONS, A DRUG FREE GUIDE"

Ages: 5 and up 

Genre: Being drug free

Puppets: Ira and Scary Emilly Ann

Synopsis: For the first time, Ira is not the one who is wrong! In fact, he meets someone that makes him look pretty decent. Ira can be ornery and a little dense at times, but even he's smart enough to avoid drugs... Unlike Scary Emily Ann. Emily is a rag doll... Or a ghost... Or a banshee... Alright, nobody really does know what she is, but we know this much... She is an enabler of bad things and the type of character one must avoid. Ira proves to Rockwell that he really does know how to handle a series of possible scenarios [in which peer pressure to try drugs can happen] correctly.WATCH THIS PERFORMANCE IN IT'S ENTIRETY! Please visit the videos section on this site.

 

"WHEN YOU READ, YOU WIN!"

Genre: Reading

Ages: K-5

Puppet: Salty S. Cargo

Synopsis: Salty wants to be a winner at reading, but he's determined that he has to be fast in order to be great at it. Rockwell shows that with reading, everyone is a winner. It's not a race, it's not about speed, just read read READ! Featuring poems by Shel Silverstein and improv comedy games, this one is great for your learning environment.

 

"ZANDER'S GONNA BE OKAY"

Genre: Studying/Finding a creative outlet

Ages: 12 and up. Adult version available as well.

Puppet: Zander Hemingway

Synopsis: Zander, an irresponsible and recalcitrant teen is not doing well in school. Rockwell (or Ms. Rockwell, as he knows her) takes extra time out of her day to tutor him and help him get caught up. Failing all of his classes and making repetitive excuses, it is making Rockwell's life that much harder for her. By the end of the scene, it is revealed that Zander actually has a creative outlet that he has discovered from his Poetry class: he can rap. Though a student may be struggling now, does not mean that they are hopeless. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and by finding what we are passionate about, we can conquer anything! Zander is a lot smarter than he realizes and proves to everyone what he is really made of!

 

 IMPROV COMEDY

"CREATE A CHARACTER/DIAGNONSENSE"

BOOKING PRICE: $100

Ages: All

Run time: 30 minutes

CREATE-A-CHARACTER: This is a fun game in which the audience creates a character together. They decide whether it will be boy or girl, what it's name will be, what it does for a living, and Rockwell will work it into a scene with the existing character of your choice! One a character is determined by the audience, an audience member will approach the stage and have their hand be decorated with ad-ons (a wig, glove, eyes, and outfit). They will then act out a scene with one of Rockwell's characters. In this scene, the audience member will only move the mouth and Rockwell will layer a voice over that, based on what personality the audience has decided. Audience members also get to choose the location, and situation between the new character and the existing one. This game has been a huge hit everywhere it's been performed!

 

DIAGNONSENSE: This is a very popular game with children's audiences. Salty S. Cargo and Dr. Archibald Whitehead will act out a scene in which a snail makes a visit to the Doctor's office. The audience picks a bizarre reason for a snail to go to the doctor, but not for a broken shell (he wouldn't go to the doctor for that, he'd visit the shell station). But there's one catch; a volunteer from the audience will get to be the arms of the doctor. Some kids make him attack the snail, others make him pick his nose. Either way, I make it work with the scene.

 

STORY TIME SERIES

RUN TIME: 30 MINUTES

STANDARD BOOKING PRICE: $100

CUSTOM: $150

"THE DODO IS NOT THERE"

Genre: Nature

Ages: 6 and up

Puppet: Ben X. Tinct

Synopsis: Rockwell introduces Ben, a flamboyant colorful Dodo bird and states that Dodo birds are from the Island of Mauritius. "Nuh-uh, I'm from (nearby city of venue)." Though he is not as real as he claims to be, he is determined to prove Rockwell that all of her facts pertaining to the Dodo bird are wrong... They're not :p A recitation of "The Dodo" by Hillaire Beloc is included in this piece and adds a rhythmic beat to the end of the performance.

 

 CUSTOM STORY TIMES

Requests will be taken of stories you'd like to be read.

The following books have been transformed into vent acts performed at libraries, book stores, and children's hospitals:

Imogene's Antler's by David Small

Love Monster by Rachel Bright

Wiggle And Waggle by Carolyn Arnold and Mary Peterson

Snail's Goodnight by Ann Whitford Paul

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

What Could Be Keeping Santa? by Marilyn Janovitz

A Firefighter's Thanksgiving by Maribeth Boelts and Terry Widener

The Playground Bully by Grace Maccarone and Bernice Chardiet

The Little Bully by  Beth Bracken and Jennifer A. Bell

Multiple Shel Silverstein Poems

SPECIAL OCCASION SERIES

RUN TIME: VARIOUS

BOOKING PRICE: STARTING AT $100

"A HEARTFUL OF GRADUATES"

Genre: Graduation

Ages: Preschool

Puppet: Your Choice

Run Time: 5 Minutes

Booking Price: $100

Synopsis: Rockwell has prepared a speech for the graduating class, {puppet's name} is determined they can do better by writing a special poem for the event. Guaranteed to get a laugh and a half! WATCH NOW! SEE UNDER "LIVE VIDEOS"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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