by Matt Wray
Storytelling provides children with a window to new worlds. It gives them the opportunity to learn new ideas and information; and without realizing it, they are learning valuable life lessons through hearing an engaging, exciting story.
Vocabulary, comprehension, sequencing, memory and creative writing all benefit from storytelling.
Tales / Inc.'s storytelling performances are tailormade around your school.
Our storytelling & Mini performances are perfect for Book Week, Storytelling Week, Library Openings & celebrations.
Your children will be encouraged to explore the plot and characters from the story physically and emotionally and re-create the story in their own words.
Location: We can come directly to your school and all we will require is access to a school hall/library or classroom depending on the number of children you would like to participate in the experience.
Tales / Inc. has the pleasure to announce that American actor and educator Matt Wray will be joining us this season to perform and narrate two fantastic stories by authors Robert Fischer and W. W. Jacobs: The Knight in Rusty Armor and The Monkey's Paw.
The Knight In Rusty Armor
Narrated by American actor Matt Wray, it tells the tale of a knight obsessed with being a knight, so much so that he spends all his time in his armor and completely alienates his family. One day, he discovers that he cannot take his armor off, not even able to lift his visor for meals. He learns that the wizard Merlin may be able to help him, so he sets out to find him.
His journey begins with Merlin, who sends the knight on the Path of Truth, which includes detours through three castles; the Castle of Silence, the Castle of Knowledge, and the Castle of Will and Daring.
This play is a lighthearted tale of a desperate knight in search of his true self. What you witness in this adventure story is the kind of internal “alchemy” that we should all go through at some point. There aren’t many stories that talk as simply yet as deeply about human transformation.
So, tell me: What’s Under Your Armor?
Age Group: Students aged 9 & up
Two adapted versions for primary (second cycle) & secondary school students.
Duration of performance and after-show activities: 1 hour
Meet & Greet: At the end of the performance, your students can talk to Matt and have fun by becoming journalists for a day!
English Level: pre-intermediate level & Up.
The Monkey's Paw
" Be careful what you wish for:
It just might come true."
Narrated by American actor/teacher Matthew Wray, this is a story about a mystical charm, a monkey's paw, that is brought into the home of the White family. The paw has the magical power to grant three wishes to three people.
But will this bring happiness to the family?
At the end of the performance, the actor will analyze some of the key themes and moral values in the story. Also, in case your students wish to become journalists for a day, he will happily embark on a fun Q&A session during which the audience can learn about his life.
The central force of the story is
the monkey’s paw, which will grant three separate owners three wishes each,
but ultimately it brings them unhappiness.
Is it OK to wish for things?
Running time: Up to 60 minutes.
(storytelling and after-show activities).
Age range: Secondary school students aged 13 and up & adults.
Interactive theatre: Join- in!
Your students can become journalists for a day!
English level: Our experienced actors will adapt the show level according to your students’ needs.
Superstition, Greed, Fate & Freewill, Family, The Danger of Wishing, Technology, and Modernization.
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MATT WRAY> BIO
Matt Wray was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in Seattle, Washington.
He started acting when he was 12 years old and he hasn’t stopped since. While in Seattle he made his professional debut acting alongside his father in Lend Me a Tenor at ArtsWest Playhouse. Matt attended university in New York at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University. There he performed in many plays and was nominated for Irene Ryan Kennedy Center theater awards for his performances as Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, the Dukes in As You Like It and Orpheus in Euridice. He graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Fine Arts for Acting. After University he continued acting in New York City, appearing in multiple festivals and new play workshops.
In 2012 he moved to Buenos Aires and had the pleasure of performing in Usted Esta Aqui in El Konex for two seasons. He has since performed in Micro Teatro as well as a small part in the series Sandro de America. He has been teaching English to children and adults for the past 5 years and really loves being able to mix his passion for theater and performance with his passion for youth education.