Dear Educator:


Class Acts performances are provided as a public service of the Sampson CenterStage Performing Arts Series, the Sampson County Exposition Center, and the County of Sampson. Class Acts performances are totally funded and underwritten through the financial contributions of many businesses, corporations, civic organizations, and individuals from across Sampson County and are provided FREE to students in Clinton City Schools and Sampson County Schools.


The study guides provided and information below are designed to aid in preparing students for a educational and exciting performance. We encourage you to make use of these valuable resources designed to not only enhance each student’s theater-going experience; but to also complement their total educational experience.

Gems: The Worlds Wisdom Stories

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Grade Level                     Time 
1st Grade                           10:00 am
2nd Grade                         1:00 pm

Doug Berky uses classic styles of storytelling from many cultures around the world by weaving together many art forms into a full stage, large mask theater production with clever and creative costuming. Masks, puppets, mime, drama, comedy, music and storytelling are integral elements that help the audience experience these treasures of wisdom that teach us to understand and trust one another.


In his performance of GEMS, Doug presents a variety of stories, drawing on classic collections such as “Aesop’s Fables” from Greece and stories of Hans Christian Andersen from Denmark, which have inspired and educated the world’s young people for years.  Doug also includes stories from lesser known collections of folklore and mythology from Asian, African, Middle Eastern and Native American cultures.


A performance might include a selection from the following stories: The Lion and the Mouse; The Boy Who Cried Wolf (Aeosop’s); The Drip Nose Boy (Native American); The Lame Man and the Blind Man (Middle East); The Tiger’s Whisker (Korea); or  The Crocodile and the Monkey (India).

Curriculum Connections: Art, History, Literature, Visual & Performing Arts, & Communication Skills

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