An Interactive Musical Program
For Children Ages 2 to 7
This entertaining and educational program is designed to engage children in an interactive musical/narrative performance of Caps for Sale and its sequels, More Caps for Sale, and Caps for Sale and the Mindful Monkeys.
The Caps for Sale Musical Narrative Program goes beyond everyday storytelling. Children become immersed in this presentation. Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer (co-author of More Caps for Sale and Caps for Sale and the Mindful Monkeys) portrays the characters of the monkeys and Pezzo the Peddler through reading, acting, and singing. Children are encouraged to participate as monkeys in the stories through song, dance, and mimicry, or to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
The production is simple but high-energy. After the show, everyone has an opportunity to ask questions and talk about what makes the Peddler so special and different and how each of us is special and different in our way.
The program encourages children to listen, learn and work together in a group environment. It requires children to react spontaneously to some events, mimic body movement, enhance muscle memory through learning light dance steps to the Caps song, and become active participants throughout both performances.
Program Time: 45-55 minutes (can be modified)
Program Participation: Up to 150 participants per group.
- One signed hardcover copy of each book (Book signings available)
- Coloring page handouts
- Presentations that accommodate special needs and can be modified for smaller or larger groups
- FEE: $400/one program, $600/2 or $800/3 same day
- (limited funding assistance is available -first come, first serve)
This program complies with the following Common Core State Standards:
This program complies with New York State Standard 1:
Students will actively engage in processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts (dance music, theatre, and visual arts) and participate in various roles in the arts.
Students will use a variety of art materials, processes, mediums, and techniques, and use appropriate technologies for creating and exhibiting visual art works.
CONTACT: Ann Marie Sayer, firstname.lastname@example.org; 516-532-7040
Slobodkina Foundation, 363 Waterside Road, Northport, NY 11768
Caps for Sale Turns 75 (Publishers Weekly)
Capping it Off (New York Times Book Reviews)
Caps for Sale and the Mindful Monkeys https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-06-249988-2
About the Artist and Author
Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer met Esphyr Slobodkina in 1996, when she was hired to write musical narratives for Caps for Sale, The Wonderful Feast and other Slobodkina books. Slobodkina and Sayer became close friends. Sayer has administered and exhibited Esphyr Slobodkina’s works for over eighteen years.
In the year 2000, Esphyr Slobodkina formed the Slobodkina Foundation. Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer serves as president of the Slobodkina Foundation and has been administrating, cataloging, and exhibiting Slobodkina’s fine art, children’s
books, textiles, and publications for over eighteen years. It was Slobodkina’s wish that after her death, Sayer continue her work and keep Slobodkina’s art, books, and illustrations in the public eye for future generations to enjoy.
Artist Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer is a powerful and charismatic stage performer who spent over 25 years in the music and performance industry. Exploring all music styles, Ann Marie has composed and performed rock, cabaret, contemporary, music-theater and music-theater for children in a number of venues. Her composition, I Am a Good Child, was chosen as song of the year by the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements and she was invited to perform this song, as well as other original compositions, in a concert for World Habitat Day in the 1990s. Ann Marie has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada. She has also done studio work, voiceovers and radio commercials.
Through the new Caps for Sale sequels and posthumous performances,
Sayer reawakens Slobodkina’s voice for this young generation.