Mobile Unit

Continuing ACA’s mission to ensure accessibility of live arts programming to diverse audiences, the Mobile Unit tours innovative and sophisticated works for families into the community. 

ACA’s short format touring plays are available for booking year-round for schools, childcare facilities, birthday parties, and other special events for the young.

  • Meant to be enjoyed by all ages, and are designed in accordance with NCSCS and with a licensed early childhood specialist to be targeted to learning needs for ages birth to 7-years old, and 5-9 years-old
  • Roughly 30-minutes, performed live and virtually, and are multi-lingual (English and Spanish)
  • Pre-or-post show workshops available with activities that may address literacy, community building, and give participants the opportunity to work with arts & crafts, fine motor skills, and writing and other media
  • Ideal for in-class and after-school arts enrichment programming or for birthday parties and other gatherings 

Presenting fees and rates vary depending on the show. Inquire now.

Theatre for the Very Young: Shell (ages 0-7)

A 30-minute interactive multilingual and multimedia performance installation for ages 0-7 and their caretakers. SHELL includes projections, movement, puppetry and play.

SHELL follows a Slug and a Snail who journey to find a new shell when the Snail’s shell is broken in a storm. Composed of different vignettes, audiences will practice phonetics, play with causality and object permanence against the backdrop of a story performed in Spanish and English, and touches on migration and community.

SHELL sigue a una babosa y un caracol que viajan para encontrar un nuevo caparazón cuando el caparazón del caracol se rompe en una tormenta. Compuesto por diferentes viñetas, el público practicará la fonética, jugará con la causalidad y la permanencia del objeto en el contexto de una historia que se representará en español e inglés y tocará la migración y la comunidad.

Created by ACA Founder Abby Felder and ACA resident artist Edwin Salas Acosta, and performed by 3 actors and a technician. Requires 20×20 space and ability to make performance venue dimly lit.

Download SHELL’s Educational Guide Created by Danny Gomez, LCSW

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2024 Tours of SHELL were supported by a 2023-24 Arts For Schools Grant from ArtsAVL

Live (and Virtual!): Slug & Snail (ages 5-9)

A charming and uplifting puppet performance in which a Snail that loses its shell meets a Slug who tries to prove Snail is actually better off without it.  They begin a journey to determine whether life with or without a shell is better, which puts them in situations sometimes frightening, sometimes funny, but ultimately leads them to friendship / Una actuación de marionetas encantadora y edificante en la que un caracol que pierde su caparazón se encuentra con una babosa que intenta demostrar que Snail está mejor sin él. Comienzan un viaje para determinar si la vida con o sin caparazón es mejor, lo que los pone en situaciones a veces aterradoras, a veces divertidas, pero que finalmente los lleva a la amistad. 

Created by ACA Founder Abby Felder and performed by Edwin Salas Acosta or Federica Collina. Can be performed indoors or out.

The Pre-Recorded Option Includes:

  • 25-minute solo performance pre-recorded and available for download
  • pre-or post-show workshop activity available as text or pre-recorded video

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