African Village Folktales

Touring Performance • Theater •

There is a rich, fertile legacy of folklore from Africa. On this vast continent, folktales and myths serve as a means of handing down traditions and customs from one generation to the next. Join the actors of Hot Silk Productions as they present three different performances of African tales adapted for the stage. Each show incorporates storytelling, body movement, music, comedy, and dramatization to bring these stories to life. Students will experience favorite characters like Mudfish and Brer Rabbit as they learn valuable lessons.

Show I: Stories featured: “The Lion and the Woman,” “The Tug of War,” and “The Frog Who Wanted to be a Singer.”

Stories from Black Traditions:

Show II: Stories featured: “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears,” “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters,” and “How the Snake Got His Rattle.”

Show III: Stories featured: “Man and Woman,” “The Lion in the Well,” and “Dancing to the River.”

Availability: Monday through Saturday

For grades preschool to 5

Technical Requirements:

  • PA system with 1 microphone with stand
  • 6-7 chairs
  • Access to electricity




Our students thoroughly enjoyed the performance. The performers were professional in every way.
Winston Churchill School, Homewood IL
The performance led to some rich discussions about folktales, morals, and oral storytelling vs. reading stories. Thanks!
Pilgrim Lutheran School
Base Price:
Audience Size:
350 maximum
Program Length:
40 minutes