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Act!vated Stories
Family friendly folktales and travel tales
Act!vated Stories is presented by Act!vated Story Theatre a national touring theatre troupe for children and their families. Since 1988, the Act!vated Actors have toured the continental US and beyond, bringing live educational theatre to students at schools and libraries. Podcasting comedic folktales to you from somewhere on the road once a month or so since 2006.

Jan 14, 2011

"The Man Who Dreamed of His Fortune" is a story from the "1001 Nights", otherwise known as the "Arabian Nights", a collection of folktales that can be traced back more than 1000 years. These tales have many parallels in many other cultures, and this one is no exception. In fact, it is strikingly similar to the Japanese tale we call "Follow the Buzz", which has been a popular part of our repertoire in the past.

We chose this story especially because Jan. 13 is Make Your Dreams Come True Day, and Jan. 15 is the birthday of Martin Luther King, who made the landmark "I have a dream speech". Of course, nowadays his birthday, or at least his legacy, is always observed on a Monday.

We come to you from Greenville, SC, where we have been holed up for the past month or so and dodging the snowstorms that have brought traffic (both on the road and in retail establishments) to a halt. We are preparing for our next performances in Goose Creek (near Charleston), before moving on to Tennessee.

Happy Listening!

Dennis (Narrator, Poor Man, Robber) and Kimberly (Wife, Robber, Policeman, Police Chief)