The Story Bakers

Local, Live, Learning and Laughter

We bring your students' stories to life

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What is the show, exactly?

The Story Bakers take original stories, written by students in grades K-5, and perform them as live-action comedy and drama skits to kindle excitement about writing, storytelling and the performing arts while re-enforcing the National Standards in English Language Arts. 

The Story Bakers are professional actors who use music, props and improvisation, so that the writers and their classmates can see their stories spring off the page and come to life in their own classroom, theater or gymnasium.

The 45 minute assembly brings a range of academic subjects to life in a way that is both memorable and effective. Whether they perform once, or The Story Bakers visit your school every 6 months, the show harnesses students’ passion and curiosity for writing, while providing them with clear, effective, and academically appropriate lessons. 

 
 

Teachers and students love the show, but don't just take our word for it...

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"The typically un-engaged students were memorized as they watched their friends stories come to life"- Katherine Schifter, 1st Grade Teacher

"This was sooo amazing and creative. I would buy tickets with my kids to see this at a theater."-Julie Brazelton - 2nd Grade Teacher

"The students really enjoyed the Story Bakers! It was engaging, informational, and fun!" - Nissa Kochevar 1st Grade Teacher

"It was really great. Thank you so much for coming."- Aisha Thomas - Principal K-5

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“Our students and teachers loved the production.” - Anna Waido, PhD - 2nd Grade Teacher

"This was the best assembly I have ever been to in my entire life."-Sawyer - 2nd Grader

"It was great! So creative, engaging, charming, educational, and fun."- Mikala Thompson - Ticketing and Brand Manager, the LINCOLN center

"Best. Assembly. Ever."- Lincoln - 4th Grader

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"The presentation was great. The crew did a fantastic job. I wish more students could have seen it."- Elizabeth Stafford - 4th Grade Teacher

"When are you coming back? I want to go write another story."- Julie - 3rd Grader

"My daughter came home singing the song and the next day, we used the lesson from the show to write a story together"- 5th Grade Mom

the Story Bakers head Chefs

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Dulcie Willis  – 25 years of educational theater and production experience, former Executive Director at Bas Bleu Theatre Company, Education Outreach Coordinator for the Fort Collins Lincoln Center, Adjunct Faculty/Graduate Coordinator for the CSU LEAP Institute for the Arts, Co-Owner of La-De-Da Performing Arts in Fort Collins (an education-based company for children and adults) and Co-Producer of the Fort Collins Fringe Festival

Dulcie Willis – 25 years of educational theater and production experience, former Executive Director at Bas Bleu Theatre Company, Education Outreach Coordinator for the Fort Collins Lincoln Center, Adjunct Faculty/Graduate Coordinator for the CSU LEAP Institute for the Arts, Co-Owner of La-De-Da Performing Arts in Fort Collins (an education-based company for children and adults) and Co-Producer of the Fort Collins Fringe Festival

Jessica MacMaster – 10 years of acting and professional improv experience, Co-Founder of Fort Collins Comedy Brewers and currently teaching improv throughout Fort Collins, Co-Producer of the Fort Collins Fringe Festival

Jessica MacMaster – 10 years of acting and professional improv experience, Co-Founder of Fort Collins Comedy Brewers and currently teaching improv throughout Fort Collins, Co-Producer of the Fort Collins Fringe Festival

Heather Ostberg Johnson –14 years of diverse performance, production, and teaching experience and Co-Owner of La-De-Da Children’s Theater in Fort Collins, Co-Producer of the Fort Collins Fringe Festival

Heather Ostberg Johnson –14 years of diverse performance, production, and teaching experience and Co-Owner of La-De-Da Children’s Theater in Fort Collins, Co-Producer of the Fort Collins Fringe Festival


the Story Bakers Mission

98% of school administrators believe that theatre programs strengthen student's critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and leadership skills. -educationaltheatrefoundation.org

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And we believe that to be true as well.  The Story Bakers started baking their "story cakes" in 2018 in Fort Collins, CO. We are a local theater production company working with grade K-5 students and their teachers to enhance and enrich writing, storytelling and the performing arts while re enforcing the schools' writing curriculum. The Story Bakers are professional actors who turn students' original stories into sketch comedy and live drama skits. Using music, props and costumes, the students see their stories come to life before their eyes in their own classroom, theater or gymnasium.

By pairing experienced teachers with talented artists, we bring to life a broad range of academic subjects in a way that is both memorable and effective. This unique combination of style and substance harnesses students’ own passion and curiosity, while still providing them with clear, effective, and academically appropriate lessons. The Story Bakers’ curriculum focuses on core elements of national standards for Arts Education and English Language Arts, while providing rich cultural experiences that push the boundaries of traditional enrichment to tackle substantive educational goals like vocabulary development, story structure, revision, and confident self-expression.

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