Solar Eclipse !: Stories and Science

by  Actors Company

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Learn about and celebrate the April 2024 North American solar eclipse! Explore the science and the stories of solar eclipses throughout history. Hear how people around the world have tried to make sense of these amazing astronomical events. Award-winning storyteller and “science geek” J.T. Turner will share interactive solar eclipse stories from ancient Egypt and China, as well as eclipse-related beliefs and practices from across the globe. Please note if you would like J.T. to include an optional craft project to create an eclipse viewer for each participant. Supports social studies, science, language arts, and visual arts curriculum.

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Multipoint: $220.00
Multipoint Premium: $200.00
Point to Point: $220.00
Point to Point Premium: $200.00
By Request: $220.00
By Request Premium: $200.00

Please contact us if cost is an issue, as we strive to be accessible and may be able to offer additional discounts, particularly for low-income and marginalized communities.


30 minutes to 1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

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Primary Disciplines

Art, Culture, International, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving, Sciences, Social and Emotional Learning( SEL), Social Studies/History, STEM

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)preferred mode is zoom but we can use other platfo

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Unless cancelled due to official emergency (e.g., school closed due to weather, health, safety or other emergency), cancellation must be received in writing by The Actors Company at least 1 week in advance of scheduled program, to avoid fees for late cancellations. Those who cancel within 1 week, and do NOT re-book program will still be responsible for full program fee. Please contact us with any questions.

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Actors Company

Waltham, MA
United States

The Actors Company's professional teaching artists offer original, engaging, historical and literary character-based shows, as well as customized workshops in theater topics and mindful & creative movement. 

Our highly interactive programs support educational objectives in ELA, HSS, STE, SEL, performing arts & physical literacy, in schools, as well as life-long learning goals in community settings. Our carefully researched historical & literary shows are presented in period costume, and all our programs are adaptable to specific curricular, developmental, and scheduling needs. 

TAC was founded by J.T. Turner (SAG-AFTRA, AEA), an award-winning professional writer, actor, director, and educator, and is managed by Marci Diamond (MPA, SAG-AFTRA, AEA), also a professional teaching artist/performer. Additional programming is provided by Marisa Diamond (BFA, SAG-AFTRA, AEA). 

All our teaching artists have extensive performance and teaching experience, both virtually and in-person, working with film and theater companies, universities, schools, senior communities, museums, universities, corporate and government clients, and non-profits. For more information: www.jtturner.org www.diamondcircus.com www.marisadiamond.com

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Program Details


1. Teaching artist explains the science of solar eclipses and how scientists made discoveries about them, in a fun, engaging, developmentally-specific way.

2. Teaching artist performs several interactive eclipse stories from around the world, eliciting audience engagement and movement as part of the storytelling.

3. We discuss beliefs and practices related to eclipses from around the world, and observances planned for the April 2024 solar eclipse.

4. Optional: craft project to create eclipse viewer

5. Question and answer with performer/teaching artist.


1. Participants will explore traditional eclipse stories and folktales from different historical eras, geographical regions, and cultures related to solar eclipses.

2. Participants will be able to describe what causes an eclipse.

3. Participants will understand how to safely view an eclipse. If optional craft project is done before, during or after program and prior to April 8, 2024, participants in the U.S. and Canada will be able to safely view the eclipse.