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Music, Literary, Theatre

Susana & Timmy Abell

Silver Trout Arts

About the Artist

Both Susana and Timmy Abell have earned stellar reputations through many years of work in schools. Susana spent seven years as one of New Jersey’s most sought after teaching artists, with support from Carnegie Hall and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Timmy has been a North Carolina touring and recording artist for 25 years, presenting educational concerts and workshops in 21 states. Silver Trout Arts is a combined effort of their many talents.

Smart Arts for Cool Kids – Silver Trout offers a full-fledged stage performance blending four major art forms: Story telling, Puppetry, Poetry and Music – emphasizing the theme of “So many ways to share a story.” The concert includes an original puppet fable, “The Gardener,” performed to live original music on the hammered dulcimer as well as original and traditional songs, original stories, various puppet characters and instrumental music played on seven different instruments. Throughout each age appropriate performance, the students are actively involved and engaged as they join in a sit-down square dance, keep rhythms, volunteer to come onto the stage and respond to artists’ prompts.

Grade LevelsK-8
Maximums450 Students, 55 minutes, 3/day
Special Populations

Special needs students

Technical Requirements

6' Table

Total Fee1 performance- $716 / 2 performances (same day and same school)- $1320
School Portion1 performance- $358 / 2 performances (same day and same school)- $660

One Day Residency – This arts infusion brings Susana and Timmy into your school for a full day, beginning with school performances (K-2 & 3-5 or K-5) followed by in-depth, hands-on workshops with each artist for selected classes. The day is completed with an evening family performance, which can be arranged as a PTA fundraiser.

Five Day Residency – This five-day residency includes performances for the entire school (K-2 & 3-5), then four core groups (four selected classes) meet each day for five days with either Susana in puppetry arts or Timmy in songwriting for a truly in-depth arts experience. Additional workshops for non-core groups are scheduled for each day. The residency includes an evening family concert.

Grade LevelsK-5
Maximums25 Students, 60 minutes, 4/day
Total Fee1 day residency - $1,650 / 5 day residency - $5,500
School Portion1 day residency - $550 / 5 day residency - $1,834

Workshops can be booked in conjunction with performances. An Arts Day! one day residency includes 2 morning concerts, an afternoon workshop and an evening family concert.

Grade LevelsK-5
Maximums25 Students , 55 minutes, 4/day
Total Fee$276 (with performance only)
School Portion$138 (with performance only)


  • Lyric Kinard, Washington Elementary, 919-656-6398
  • Jane Lonon, Ashe County Arts Council, 336-877-6663