Storytelling and Story Drama Programs Celebrating Cultures from Around the World

STORIES ON STAGE programs combine storytelling, drama, and song to explore world cultures. Our gifted performers become a variety of characters while bringing a story to life. Students "get into the act" too by participating in this riveting experience. 

STORIES ON STAGE programs are performed by one actor with audience participation. Programs are designed for audiences with a maximum of 200 students, unless otherwise specified. Choose from a variety of programs listed below, celebrating different cultures from around the world. Contact us or request more info for details!

Mama-San Stories: Bullies, Monsters, and Heroes with Ali Oliver-Krueger

Grades 3 - 8

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Ali Oliver-Krueger weaves stories from her Japanese-American childhood with traditional Japanese mukashibanashi (Long-Ago Stories). What does it take to be a hero? When an ogre bullies a village, ordinary villagers must step up to become everyday heroes.

Mama-San Stories: Silly Smarts
with Ali Oliver-Krueger

Grades PreK-2

Available Online

Ali Oliver-Krueger weaves stories from her Japanese-American childhood with traditional Japanese mukashibanashi (Long-Ago Stories) in this funny and heart-warming east-meets-west storytelling series. The stories in Silly Smarts emphasize the importance of using your smarts, and the pitfalls of being too smart for your own good and confusing "smart" with "wise".

A Journey Through Latin America
with Marian Licha

Grades K-6

Puerto Rican-born actor and storyteller MARIAN LICHA weaves stories and song together as she takes students on a magical journey through Latin America. The stories are rich with humor and folk traditions. Included in the program are several stories of the foolish and delightful Juan Bobo.

El Coqui
with Marian Licha

Grades K-6

El Coqui, the tiny frog king, is the biggest singing sensation in all Puerto Rico...but what happens when he takes his act on the road? This original tale by Puerto Rican actor and storyteller Marian Licha celebrates Puerto Rican culture with story, song, and gentle humor.

The Magic Tree
with Khaleshia Thorpe-Price


A funny, uplifting story adapted from a Zambian folk tale. The animals of the grasslands are in terrible trouble—it hasn’t rained in ages, and everyone is hungry and thirsty! Their only hope is to find out how to get the fruit from a mysterious magic tree, but they must journey across the land to learn how...and they have to remember the secret on the long journey back!

Since 1981, InterAct Story Theatre has brought a wide variety of educational, interactive performances, plays, and assembly programs to schools, libraries, and community venues, all throughout the area, delighting children, families, and educators alike. All of our programs are available for evening or weekend events and family audiences. InterAct Story Theatre performances can be adapted for a wide variety of venues, including libraries, museums, community centers, arts centers and festivals. Please contact us for more information!

InterAct Story Theatre’s programs are made possible through generous support by the Maryland State Arts Council (, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and the support of many wonderful partners, funders, advocates, and individuals. Thank you for your support! 

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