Kira's Song Discovering the Blues

StoneLion Puppet Theatre — 'Kira’s Song: Discovering the Blues'

March 6, 2024 - March 7, 2024 | Polsky Theatre

Past Event

Recommended for grades 1-5.

Journey through time to hear from the "Queens of the Blues." Learn what sets the blues apart from other music and how it influenced rock and hip-hop.

Kira Bird is having a bad time expressing her emotions about her bratty little bird brother. Where and why does she have these feelings that make her want to "explode?" With the help of her 'Feathered Godmothers' she discovers the power of music to let those feelings out. The Power of the Blues! Using the music and video of the true Queens of the Blues like Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thornton, Aretha Franklin and more, Kira learns to share her feelings in a positive way through creating her own Blues song that brings her family closer.

A touching, funny and interactive puppet show utilizing amazing music created throughout decades of famous female Blues singers and with original music by Dino O’Dell and Kadesh Flow.

Original puppetry: StoneLion Puppet Theatre

Original music: Dino O'Dell

Support from The National Blues Museum brings this unique and heartwarming production to life for elementary aged and family audiences. Original musical and video tracks from Big Mama Thornton, Billy Holliday, Aretha Franklin and more supplied by The National Blues Museum in St. Louis.

StoneLion Puppet Theatre

Founded in 1992, the puppetry troupe has grown to include an international touring company and arts education teaching staff. StoneLion’s focus has been on presenting entertaining and thought-provoking arts experiences and real-world actions to lessen our impact on the planet and make our community a better place to live.

StoneLion does not run a traditional brick and mortar theater but takes the arts into communities to reach those who do not have funds or ready access to the arts. This has resulted in more than 100 free performances and workshops annually for Title One schools in area school districts, featured performances at other theaters across the country and the creation of the Art Festival, Illuminated Waters, which has run for 14 years (pre-pandemic).

StoneLion has annually played an integral visual part of The Big Picnic at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, TEDxKC and Waterfire. StoneLion also co-created Kansas City’s only Day of the Dead/Calacas Light Up Parade with Mattie Rhodes Art Center.

StoneLion was involved in a two-year project funded by The National Geographic Society to film underwater scuba-diving puppets in the Red Sea to educate the public on the need to ban single-use plastic.

They are currently partnering with the Mpala Research Center in Kenya and Project Central for a multi-year project on using puppetry to engage and teach environmental sustainability actions on biodiversity, health and climate in the Kenyan education system.

StoneLion is a U.S. State Department-funded Arts Envoy with past work in Israel, Ukraine, Vietnam, Laos, Fiji and Kenya. StoneLion is on the Kansas City Young Audiences, Missouri Arts Council and Mid America Arts Alliance Touring Rosters.