The Tendrak Theatre was founded in 1998 as the result of a project for the completion of a Storytelling Master's Certificate in an apprenticeship program through Dr. Robert Bela Wilhelm's School of Sacred Storytelling.  The name is derived from two Czech words: Ten = The and Drak = Dragon.               Hence:  Tendrak

  

 Tendrak, the Master of Ceremonies, welcomes you to enter the land of the "mystical, magical Duchy of Lhota," located somewhere in the land of Moravia in Central Europe in the Middle Ages, where Adventures, Stories and Fairy Tales are created for your joy, amusement and entertainment as well as your enlightenment.

Tendrak, a storytelling Dragon, and Moudry, the Wise, a storyteller, are your hosts.  They tell stories on and off stage.  They  will take you on journeys through marionette plays, stories and books.  These stories are written not only to whet your appetite of what is and what isn't, but have historical facts added just for a hint of "realism."   

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HISTORY OF CZECH PUPPETRY: A good source for information on Czech puppetry can be found in CZECHOSLVAK-AMERICAN PUPPETRY, ed. by Vít Hořejš, A publication of GOH Productions-Seven Loaves, Inc. 239 East 5th St. Suite 1-D, New York, NY 10003 Tel: (212) 777-3891, Fax: (212) 529-0939 ISBN: 1-886 406-00-6

  These two marionettes are thought to have been made in the 1800's and were probably sold as toys to the parents of the children who attended the performance.

HISTORY OF TENDRAK THEATRE:

             Original stage built in 1998

    

Steven Overton and Marty Richmond of Olde World Puppet Theatre renovated the Stage in 2003

  

     Tendrak, a storytelling Dragon, and Moudry, the Wise, a storyteller, are your hosts.  They tell stories on and off stage.  They  will take you on journeys through marionette plays, stories and books.  These stories are written not only to whet your appetite of what is and what isn't, but have historical facts added just for a hint of "realism."  These stories are not only for children but for anyone of any age who enjoys using his or her imagination.  The purpose of the theatre is to provide family entertainment as well as educate.  

     

    

FAIRYTALES AND LEGENDS


     All lands and peoples use many common themes in the genre of fairytales and legends to express and reflect their culture. Some of the books of the stories which influenced the portrayal of some of the themes that are interwoven by many traditional and new Czech storytellers are:

     

     Fairy Tales from Czechoslovakia by Božena Němcová, trans. by Ludmila Ondrůjová;

 

    The Shepherd and the Dragon, Fairy Tales from the Czech of Božena Němcová, trans. By Eleanor E. Ledbetter;

 

    Folk Tales of Karel Jaromír and Božena Němcová trans. by Vera Gissing and Lucy Doležalová;

 

    Twelve Iron Sandals And Other Czechoslovak Tales by Vít Hořejš;

 

   Nine Fairy Tales & One More Thrown in for Good Measure by Karel Čapek, trans. By Dagmar Herrmann;

 

   Concert of the Season,  A Dozen Czech Stories for Children by Pavel Hartl. 

 

   These great storytellers influenced the CD stories for your enjoyment, volume 1: A Devil Meets Kate and The Swan Prince. 

                                                                                                                     volume 2: The Godmother and the Magician and The Magic of Kindness and Kolaches.