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The following programs represent a fraction of Susan Marie's repertoire.
Custom programs available upon request.
Contact via the contact link at the top of this page.


Fees for school performances (K-12) in Colorado for programs listed below.
$250 Single
$375 Double
Mileage is charged for outlying areas.
(NOTE: Living history programs, such as "A Visit with Madame Curie", are priced separately.)


The Human Spirit Around the World

Tales from all corners of the globe. Sample the colorful textures and shades of various cultures, while celebrating what we all, as humans, hold in common. Three programs available: A Multi-Cultural Feast, Trickster Tales, and Getting Along.


Literature: Live!

From classic stories by Rudyard Kipling, A.A. Milne, and Hans Christian Anderson to contemporary masterpieces by such authors as Jane Yolen, Janet Stevens and Ann Hayes, a collection of well crafted characters, plots, and adventures is selected for the age group at hand. Treat your students to the best a writer can offer, brought to life.


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Let’s Build a Story

Using improvisational theater techniques, Susan Marie guides the audience to create and develop characters, setting, conflict, and plot right before their eyes. In essence, we all become authors on the spot - and learn in the process how to create a complete story from our own imagination. (Even more powerful when combined with Susan Marie’s classroom workshops in Creative Writing and/or Improvisational Acting.)


Susan Marie Frontczak
Stories of Eastern Europe

Dressed in national Polish costume, from headdress to shoes, Susan Marie tells Polish, Ukrainian, Estonian, Czech, and Russian folk tales. She shows examples of and explains local crafts including embroidery, paper cutting, and engraved wooden plates.


Children in Colonial America

Find out what it would have been like to grow up in the American colonies before and during the Revolutionary War. Learn about children’s typical household chores. Hear the true adventures of an eight year old boy who was kidnapped and forced to become an indentured servant, and a pair of young girls who scared away a fleet of British soldiers.


Celtic Tales

Dressed in Scottish costume (either highland kilt, lowland aboyne), Susan Marie tells legends and folk tales of Scotland and Ireland. As a finale, she demonstrates a highland fling or Scottish step dance. Optionally she can teach a simple highland fling.


Ghosts and Goblins

Experiencing, confronting, and conquering fear is the theme of these entertaining legends and adventures.


A Trip At Sea

Climb aboard to enjoy an hour of whales, waves and wonderment. Help Susan Marie act out the befuddled bumbling of a shipwrecked sailor. Learn the meaning of navigation, phosphorescence, mammal, and hurricane. Laugh at the antics of a hungry but hapless whale (Rudyard Kipling). And marvel at the intricate leaps and hops of a Scottish hornpipe. You’ll feel you’ve been on the ocean by the end of this program of salty sea stories.


Engineering and Math through Stories

Engineering means applying science to helping people. Each of the stories in this program conveys one or more engineering principles through a medium accessible to elementary school students. The stories illustrate concepts such as experimentation, infinity, mechanical pulleys, and air pressure. We also touch on the meaning of time management and technical communication skills. Susan worked for 14 years as an engineer prior to embarking on full time storytelling.


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Animal Origins

How did Turtle get cracks on his back? Why do Zebra and Skunk have stripes? What misadventure gave Whale its baleen? Enjoy these and other explanatory tales from many cultures that explore how our world came to be the way it is today.


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A Visit to King Arthur’s Court

What might you see and hear if you could visit King Arthur’s court? How would it be different from the life you live today? Hear stories from the perspective of a page in the court of Camelot. Learn about everyday life in his era of chivalry and magic.


Our Western Landscape

A blend of legends, tall tales, and historical records. From origin tales of the Lakota and Blackfoot to the just-maybe-exaggerated yarn of a mountain man - These stories explain pieces of our world, place the trapping/trading era into an accurate and memorable historical context, and give us a sense of a changing land.


Finding the Fun in a Story

A behind-the-scenes look at how to make a story come to life on stage. Children come out of this performance with educated eyes and ears; they can appreciate and articulate what works in performance art: including use of body language, imagination, emotions, and the five senses.


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Bullies, Beware!

Through a set of folk tales and personal experiences, Susan Marie guides children to recognize bully behavior, whether physical or verbal, and learn strategies for dealing with it constructively. She also addresses group behavior that ostracizes a child. The program ends with a fable that promotes cooperation.


Here's for the Holidays!

Celebrate the gift of giving with tales of the season, drawing on Christmas, Hanukah, and Solstice traditions. Help a kid foil the schemes of the Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher, count the days of Hanukkah as the candles are lit, and find out how the Precious Herbs of Solstice conquer fear of the dark.



Medieval Moments

Dressed as a medieval lady, Susan Marie shares insights to a time and place known as the Dark Ages. She opens singing a mesmerizing traditional ballad, Twa Sisters, which speaks of the jealousy and revenge that come of loving the same knight. Next she tells The Pied Piper, by Robert Browning, set in 1376 and based on evidence inscribed on the walls of some old houses in Hamelin, Germany about the sudden disappearance of 130 children. This tragic tale of a broken promise is an effective base for discussion of Justice. Finally we learn "what women most desire" in the chivalrous tale of Sir Gawain and the Lady Ragnell.


Stories To Chill Your Bones

Romantic nightmares, daring deeds, and eerie events - with a bit of ghostly humor thrown in for comic relief, this collection of literary escapades and historical chronicles awaken the imagination while lifting the hair on the back of your neck. Selections include The Tell-tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, The Legend of Bluebeard by Guy Wetmore Carryl, The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes, and many others.

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Firsthand Accounts from the Nineteenth Century

How Rattlesnake Got His Name, by Larry Helburg. This mountain man’s yarn dares to pull your unsuspecting leg while placing the trapping/trading era into an accurate and memorable historical context.
Kentucky Belle, by Constance Fenimore Woolson. A young farm wife gives her account a terrifying experience during the Civil War and how she acted for humanity in the face of destruction.
What Stumped the Bluejays, by Mark Twain. Twain describes he antics of a misguided but determined blue jay through the eyes of a retired California miner.


Literature: Live!

A collection of well crafted characters, plots, and adventures is selected for the age group at hand. Authors on tap include Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickenson, Robert Browning, Robert Service, Don Marquis, Stephen Vincent Benet, Christina Rossetti, and others. Treat your students to the best a writer can offer, brought to life.


The Secrets behind Performance Art

A behind-the-scenes look at how to make a story come to life on stage. Students come out of this performance with educated eyes and ears; they can appreciate and articulate what works in performance art including use of body language, imagination, emotions, and the five senses. Teacher handout available for follow on exercises linking performance art with writing skills.


Respect Wins

Through an uncanny pairing between world wisdom tales and personal experiences, Susan Marie demonstrates how we all win when we treat one another with respect. Humorous and poignant, pithy and memorable, these stories stay with you for the time you need them most.



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