Phyllis Schrag

Topics: Communication, Education, History, Literature, South Dakota, Women

Community: Ames, IA

Program Types: Chautauqua, Pre-recorded Program Video, Speakers Bureau, Virtual Program(s)

Independent Scholar
Phabulous Productions
phyllis_schrag@mediacombb.net | (515) 337-1713

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, I Am My Mother After All
You say or do something, and you wonder “where did that come from?” only to remember your mother said and did that and suddenly you realize you have become your mother. In a PowerPoint™ presentation, audience members will be reminded of common expressions used by our mothers, along with humorous stories that help us understand the powerful gene pool from which we came. The presentation also includes inspiring quotes attributed to notable famous women of all generations.

The King of Little Things – Literacy, Storytelling and Puppets
This is a storytelling, creative dramatics and audience participation program ideally suited for children, but adults love it as well. Common Sense Media says, “Parents need to know that this book depicts a greedy king on a quest for universal dominance . . . overall the message is a positive one about valuing all things big and small (especially small).” Schrag will greet the students with her puppet Monique, who will shyly ask if the students could sing-along on Monique’s favorite song, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins. Another puppet, Georgie, helps with a story song as he tries to get out of his chores. They sing the story song “There’s a Hole in My Bucket.” Other familiar children’s literature includes, “The Duel” by Eugene Field and acting out an adaptation of “The Fat Cat,” a Swedish folktale.

If You Have to Grow Up, It Might as Well Be in a Small Town
Growing up in a 1950’s small town has some unique advantages that modern children will never experience. This “storytelling” type lecture is sure to delight audiences as it explores commonalities found in most regional small towns. Details of lessons learned from a child’s point-of-view will evoke many individual memories among audience members.

Baseball, Preachers, and Funerals
A sequel to “If You Have to Grow Up, It Might as Well Be in a Small Town,” this “storytelling” type lecture is a humorous yet poignant look at small town life where all the town kids were needed to have their own “World Series,” preachers had their impact on children’s development, and funerals were simply a part of life. Lessons gleaned from baseball, preachers, and funerals present a child’s perspective of life in a small town.

Remember Christmas?
A sequel to “If You Have to Grow Up, It Might as Well Be in a Small Town” and “Baseball, Preachers, and Funerals” this “storytelling” type lecture is a humorous yet poignant look at small town life in winter and especially around Christmas. There is the annual Christmas Eve church program presented by the Sunday School children, the caroling, and the famous Christmas sack of peanuts and hard candy. The reminisces include a poignant story of a special and unusual Christmas gift. Audiences who have enjoyed the previous two programs, will find this a nostalgic trip back in time. However, it can serve as a stand-alone program for any group.

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