FreshStARTs offers interdisciplinary educational and artistic experiences for students by sending live, curriculum-based performances into your school.



Teachers can choose from a selection of programs that present an exciting and fun approach to supplement their traditional classroom curriculum. FreshStARTs is a great way to broaden horizons and help students understand and appreciate cultural diversity through the arts.

To reserve one of these educational programs for your students, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

If you have additional questions, email at or call 407.646.2182.





Beowulf: A Tale of Courage and Honor: Grades 3-8


From the first moment to the last, students are immediately drawn into the action on stage as they join minstrels, monsters and heroic characters in mischief and comic hijinks as they fight and claw their way through fear, good, and evil in this Renaissance rendition of the epic tale.  Music, drama, laughter and participation make the story, its language, and deep meanings far less formidable than the man-munching Grendel, wily mother, and fire-breathing dragons Beowulf slays. Teachers love the state standards and core curriculum benchmarks in language arts, world history, literature, music, and dramatic arts.


Availability: Year-round / school days, school events, and summer programs


Didgeridoo Down Under: Grades K-12


Didgeridoo Down Under is one of the most popular “edu-tainment” programs in the United States.  The didgeridoo, usually a hollowed-out tree trunk, has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years, and is featured throughout the program.  But DDU is much more than music.  It’s a combination of cultural arts, cross-curriculum, character education and audience participation … interactive, educational, motivational and highly entertaining!


DDU Mission:
… further appreciation of world music and art.
… promote tolerance and respect for all people and cultures.
… ignite excitement about reading and exploring.
… encourage environmental protection.
… help end bullying in schools.
… deliver superb fun!.


Availablility: Year-round / school days, school events, and summer programs.


Drum Sermons: Grades K-12


Drum Sermons is a joyous celebration of music performed by Orisirisi African Folklore that recounts its origin and makes clear how music came to live in our hearts. This informative yet entertaining African adventure is inclusive of stories from the far corners of the African continent, spirited drumming, dance, and song, drumming instruction, an introduction to some of Africa’s most popular instruments, and a celebratory unity “jam” featuring students and faculty alike, in keeping with the obligatory African tradition of total audience participation.


Availability: Year-round / school days, school events, and summer programs.


Journey Through Jazz: Grades K-12


Daniel Jordan teaches students about the development and history of America’s truly original musical art form: Jazz. Using a variety of woodwind instruments, he demonstrates Blues, Ragtime, Dixieland, Swing, Be-bop, Bossa Nova, Samba, Calypso, AfroCuban, Modal, Free, and Fusion styles of Jazz. This presentation is highly inventive, entertaining, and interactive. Students can participate by “jamming” with the trio on orf instruments (mallet instruments) at the conclusion of the program.


Availablility: Year-round / school days, school events, and summer programs.

Moonlight Stories: Grades K-12

Moonlight Stories is a child-centered recreation of the African storytelling tradition performed by Orisirisi African Folklore, inclusive of mesmerizing African drumming and dance, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation.  Though child-centered this engaging theatrical production appeals to the child’s-heart in everyone and fortifies key elements of character development. The audience will meet, Babaluaye, the Father of the Drum, Dog and Turtle along with many other unforgettable characters, as Orisirisi spends yarns and shares learning exercises that none will soon forget!

Availability: Year-round / school days, school events, and summer programs.



Myths, Legends and Fables: Grades 3-5

Follow artist Donna Wissinger and her magic flute to a wondrous place of fantastic tales! The flute becomes the voice and storyteller of great myths, legends, and fables. Students see the connection between storytelling, music, and the human story.


Availablility: Year-round / school days, school events, and summer programs.


Native Americans and the Voices of Nature: Grades 3-8


(May be paired with The Pied Piper and other Fantastic Tales)
With deer-claw rattles, clay flutes, pine-cone ratchets, and communion drums, students learn to hear and appreciate the world around them as Native American cultures once did. Led by artist Donna Wissinger, the program is a hands-on experience that fosters an appreciation for other cultures and teaches respect for nature?s voices.


Availablility: Year-round / school days, school events, and summer programs.


The Pied Piper and other Fantastic Tales: Grades K-2


(May be paired with Myths, Legends and Fables, Native Americans and the Voices of Nature, and The World Turned Upside Down: Music and Stories of the American Revolution)
Magic happens in the hearts and minds of teachers and students when learning is joyful, attention rapt and everyone is eager for more. Florida-based storyteller and flutist Donna Wissinger opens her magical bag of instruments to mesmerize and enthrall young students. Listen as Donna tells the stories of, and plays tunes from, The Pied Piper, Pocahontas, Pan and Syrinx, and The Lone Ranger. Children will learn about different styles of flutes, the type of sounds they create, and how music can enhance the joys of storytelling.


Availablility: Year-round / school days, school events, and summer programs.


A Story Time set to Classical Music: Teddy Bear Series


The Ugly Duckling, Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Rumplestiltskin, Little Red Riding Hood, or Cinderella


The Teddy Bear Series is a young child’s first introduction to classical music. With two string instruments and/or harp, we set favorite children’s stories to popular classical music themes.  The children are invited to bring their teddy bear with them as they enjoy our story time.   It’s an opportunity for the children to get up close and personal with our musicians and their art.  After each performance, the children will receive the opportunity to play the featured child sized instruments in our “Musical Petting Zoo.”


Availablility: Year-round / school days, school events, and summer programs.

The World Turned Upside Down: Grades 3-11


Music of the American Revolution
(May be paired with The Pied Piper and other Fantastic Tales)
Yankee Doodle comes to town with this exciting, hands-on program from artist Donna Wissinger. Students experience a day in the life of a patriot soldier, learning drum beats and what they meant, marching to the beat of the drum, and singing songs popular during the war. Older students discover insights into the causes and attitudes of the American Revolutionary War. Through the music of the fife (piccolo) and drum, students begin to understand the role that music and musicians played in this conflict.


Availablility: Year-round / school days, school events, and summer programs.


FreshStARTs programs meet Sunshine State Standards.


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