Page Turner Adventures

Everyone becomes the HERO of the Story!

Founded by the daring duo of Riley Roam and Kenny Mikey, Page Turner Adventures combines story + circus + steampunk in “Super-Sized” productions that redefine the meaning of audience participation. Riley plays the intrepid Storyologist, Page Turner. Kenny, a former Ringling Clown, is her slapstick side-kick. Together, they transform children into a Storyologists and send them on comic quests of controlled chaos that include magical airships, secret keys, ancient books and mysterious trunks.

The performances combine comedy, magic, juggling, unicycling, stilt walking and larger-than-life props in a mad alchemy of storytelling and imagination. Everyone in the audience becomes the main character in the story, interacting directly with the actors on stage. After the show, kids are inducted into the Storyologist Society where they’re encouraged to create their own fearless feats of fact and fiction.

Page Turner Adventures’ sister company, Storyology Studios, produces innovative TV and video productions for family audiences which have earned them an Emmy Award, Telly Award and National iParenting Media Award. Their television productions have been seen on the Travel Channel, FOX Kids and PBS, as well as schools throughout the nation.

Kenny Mikey

Early in his life, Kenny realized he loved making people laugh.

Unsure how to translate that into an actual job, but knowing that he loved to work with kids, Kenny became a certified pre-school teacher. This inspired him to move into children’s television for a stint as the Kids Club Host for WMSN in Madison, Wisconsin. He also became an improv comedian (and teen coach) with the famed ComedySportz improv troupe.

Looking to hone his comedy chops and ready to leave home and join the circus, Kenny attended Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. After receiving an BFA (Bachelor of Funny Arts), he was handpicked by Ringling Bros. to develop an original national touring show for The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, designed to inspire and motivate at-risk youth.

In addition to performing, Kenny is an award winning video producer, director, and editor, and studied Children’s Television at Rockport College, Maine. He’s created videos for FOX Kids, the Travel Channel, Scholastic, The International Reading Association, and PBS. In his free time, Kenny is an avid cyclist.

Riley Roam

With an inventor dad who had a secret workshop in the garage and a mom who turned their living room into a dance studio, Riley was destined to live a creative life. She studied acting at the University of London, England, and graduated with a degree in theatre from the University of Buffalo.

After college, she began her career as a professional storyteller, touring schools from New York to Florida.  Riley’s interest in educational entertainment led her to work as an Emmy Award winning writer, producer, and host for FOX Kids. She’s also written, produced, and hosted segments for the Travel Channel, Scholastic, The International Reading Association, The Collaborative Summer Reading Program, and PBS.

When she’s not performing, Riley spends her time writing books for kids, including multiple books for Fountas & Pinnell/Heinemann Publishing (a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). When she’s not performing, or writing, Riley can be found curled up with a good book, or creating tiny robots out of Altoid tins.

Pre-K- 5th grade and family audiences

America

The Mixed-Up Fairytale

  • Appropriate for both public family shows and school audiences.
  • Grade Range for School Audiences: Pre-K-2nd
  • Run Time: 60 minutes, no intermission
  • Suggested Venue Size: The set can be modified to work for any venue size.

We need your help to break a spell or Beauty will sleep for 100 years! The audience runs, jumps, climbs, and interacts directly with the characters on stage, convincing Red Riding Hood to give up her cape, discovering the secret under grandma’s bed, and retrieving a golden spoon from a REAL 10 foot tall giant! Kids will recognize their favorite storybook characters in this original fractured fairytale.

Study Guide

Curriculum Connections: Creative Writing, Storytelling, Reading, Genre (Fairytale Units), Sequencing, Problem Solving, Plot, Character, Setting, Beginning, Middle, End, Vocabulary, Writing

Note: This show incorporates a LOW dry-ice fog machine, but a version without fog can be performed if necessary.

The Steamtrunk Circus

  • Appropriate for both public family shows and school audiences.
  • Grade Range for School Audiences: 3rd-5th
  • Run Time: 60 minutes, no intermission
  • Suggested Venue Size: The set can be modified to work for any venue size.

A steamer trunk, a mysterious book, and a hat belonging to Harry Houdini begin a show filled with magic, juggling, unicycling, and physical comedy. The audience must solve clues, overcome obstacles, and figure out a 90 year-old-secret as they help to create the story from beginning to end. Based on a real character, the kids are empowered to write about people and events in their own lives, while discovering how authors develop story ideas.

Study Guide

Curriculum Connections: Story Structure, Beginning, Middle, End, Character Arc, Predicting, Inference, Setting, Character, Conflict, Reading, Narrative Writing, Storytelling, Fiction/Non-fiction, History, Vocabulary, Theater Arts

Note: There is also a non-multimedia version that works well for outdoor venues and shallow stages.

Note: This show incorporates a LOW fog dry ice machine, as well as magic tricks that use minimal, contained fire. A version without fire and fog can be performed if necessary.

 

Workshops and Residencies

Kenny Mikey and Riley Roam of Page Turner Adventures have presented hundreds workshops throughout Florida, Louisiana and New York since 2006. Geared to either kids or adults, the workshops are fun, interactive, and informative. Hour long, half-day, full-day, and multi-day workshops are available as well as weeklong residencies. Corresponding handouts, online resources, and videos are included with all of the programs. As an author, Riley is able to convey her passion for writing to both kids and adults with one-of-a-kind interactive programming. Kenny’s background in improvisation, clowning, and video storytelling make the residencies an experience students and teachers will never forget. The workshops can be mixed, matched, and expanded upon for longer residency programs.

WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS

Storyology Workshop: Creative writing/Storytelling

STORYOLOGY workshop includes creative writing/storytelling and improvisation activities where the kids actually get to create a story as they physically act it out. Along the way they learn about character, setting, plot, conflict, story structure, character arc, tone, and more. Kids are empowered to see themselves as writers when their own ideas are incorporated directly into the story. Longer programs and residencies include creative writing activities.

Appropriate for: Pre-K-Kindergarten, 1st-2nd Grade, 3rd-5th Grade

(We prefer the groups to be broken down in this way)

Run Time: 30-45 minutes

# of Participants: 30         Space Requirement: Large empty room or stage.

 

S.T.E.A.M. Workshop: The Science of Stories (and movies)

What’s the science behind how movies work? What technology did early cinematographers and storytellers invent to exploit this trick? How were those devices engineered? How is math integral to movie making? These questions and more are explored in this fun workshop that explores the S.T.E.A.M. of movie making. Kids will use Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math as they create their Thaumatropes and Phenokistoskopes some of the earliest forms of movie magic. Everyone will get to create their own mini-animation and see how S.T.E.A.M. impacts all areas of their life.

Appropriate for: Pre-k-Kindergarten, 1st-2nd Grade, 3rd-5th Grade

Run Time: 45-60 minutes (30 minutes for pre-k-1st)

# of Participants: 30    Requirements: Tables and chairs preferred

 

The Positive Power of Juggling:

Discover the 5 “P’s” of Juggling: Practice, Patience, Persistence, Positivity, and Phun. (Yeah, we know, but we needed a 5th “P”!)

Kids will learn that juggling starts in the mind. They’ll see how the attitude, focus, and growth mindset necessary to master this ancient skill can relate to the rest of their lives. Everyone will start with juggling scarves and, depending on the time frame, progress to balls. A “make-your-own-juggling-balls” craft can be added to the workshop.

Appropriate for: 3rd-6th grade

Run time: 45-90 minutes

# of Participants: 30      Space Requirement: Large empty room or stage

 

WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS

Book SmARTS and Crafts – Creative Literacy Workshop

For six years, Page Turner Adventures developed and presented full day Summer Reading Program workshops for librarians throughout Florida, Louisiana, and New York. This workshop includes “The Best Of” projects, games, crafts, puppets and stories from those programs. These out-of-the-box activities all relate to children’s books. This program is perfect for librarians, media specialists, teachers, parents, and anyone else interested in fun, creative ways to get kids excited about books and reading.

Run time: This workshop can be modified for 90 minute, half-day or full-day programs.

# of Participants: 10-100

Space Requirement: Large room with 4-6 tables for presenters, and chairs set up audience style for participants.

 

Team Building Improvisation Workshop

Saying YES is the basis of all improv – accepting what you’re presented with and building on that. This workshop will get attendees saying “yes” instinctively. They’ll learn how to maximize their team players’ talents as well as their own, build confidence and think more creatively. It IS improv, but it’s not about being funny! It’s about having fun while developing confidence, creativity, and communication skills. We’ll play games, solve puzzles, make up stories and support and applaud for each other all day long.

Run time: 90 minute and half-day versions are available.

# of Participants: 30

Space Requirement: Large room

 

Storytelling Training for Adults

This workshop includes performance training in vocal and facial techniques, body awareness, audience participation, crowd management and story development and selection, as well as techniques for incorporating unique props into the presentation.

Attendees will learn traditional techniques as well as the Page Turner Adventures style of storytelling, in which the entire audience is the main character of the story and is participating throughout. The workshop is very hands-on and participants leave having mastered at least one new story, along with multiple handouts and resources to help further develop their new skills.

Run time: 90 minute and half-day versions are available.

# of Participants: 30

Space Requirement: Large room

 

Creativity Workshop

Be prepared to have fun and get messy in this hands-on workshop designed to help participants explore and unleash their creativity.  Activities include: improv games, storytelling, art projects, short videos and more.

Attendees will get a step-by-step guide on how to foster creative thinking on a daily basis, encourage creativity in others, and simply look at the world from a different viewpoint. Participants will leave this workshop feeling happy, inspired, confident, and with a game plan on how to avoid procrastinating and just CREATE!

Run time: 90 minute and half-day versions are available.

# of Participants: 30

Space Requirement: Large room with tables and chairs

Brian Ridolfo

–Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, FL

“Nothing Short of Spectacular”


Robert Downs

-Grand Theater, Kingston, ON

“Absolutely wonderful! The kids loved it. You could just feel the energy in the room – Amazing!”


Cate Bechtold

– Wolf Trap Children’s Theater-in-the-Woods, Vienna, VA

“Outstanding performance!”


Christina Dominique-Pierre

– Concordia International School, Shanghai, China

“Contagious, relevant, inspiring, hilarious! It’s like Mary Poppins meets Jim Carrey.”


Kate McCarthy Draizin

-The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood

“The audience participation was amazing! Lots and lots of fun.”


Dolly Workman

– Delray Beach Playhouse, Delray Beach, FL

“You two are fantastic. You compliment each other perfectly. I thought I’d die each time Kenny walked on as a different character. The giant blew me away!”


Pamela Valles

-Caleb Auditorium – Miami, FL

“You guys are superstars! “A modern day vaudeville duo.”


Penny Lewis

-Carrollton Cultural Arts Center, Carrollton, GA

“The show is incredibly engaging. Can’t wait to get you back!”


Heather Donath

-Teacher, Fulton, NY

“I laughed so hard I cried. And…I snorted – multiple times. Seriously, I had to leave the room.”


Erin Kent

-Dir. Of Curriculum, Concordia International School, Shanghai, China

“This was our most engaging book week that we have ever had. Kids were off-the-charts excited!”


Shannon Olrich

-Parent

“It was beautiful. There was magic in the room!”