Grumbling Gryphons invites you to preview our workshops and performances with children! Please call the school or organization in advance to confirm dates and notify them of your visit.
PLEASE COME PREVIEW OUR WORKSHOPS AND PERFORMANCES WITH CHILDREN!
See our unique approach to educational theater firsthand!
Please call the school or organization in advance to confirm the date and notify them of your visit.
Accolades for the Grumbling Gryphons
See REVIEWS for comments from teachers, parents, audience members and participants or click on a link to read a recent article about Grumbling Gryphons:
Our 30th Anniversary Celebration at Cornwall Town Hall
"On August 12 the Cornwall Town Hall resounded with the lilting tunes
of Kreol melodies from Haiti as this year's posse of Grumbling
Gryphons campers put their hearts and souls into a final performance
that delighted a full house of all ages. Cornwall's very own
children's theatre group, led by Leslie Elias, who has a near-magical
ability to conjure up colorful pageants of myth, mystery and humor
with her international crew of talented performers, also celebrated
its thirtieth anniversary. The spectacle continued onto the town
green, as a sinuous giant green man (a three-person puppet,
mesmerizing to watch, designed by Ellen Moon and Tim Prentice) and a
very tall and beautiful lady in flowing white (on the tallest stilts
you've ever seen) led cast, audience and all in a dance on the green,
amid the sqeals of delighted children. It was a gem of an evening."
—Laura Tyson (parent of Sienna Li, a veteran Grumbling Gryphon's actress & camper)
Praise for Anansi: The Trickster Spider
February 2011 - Abram Lansing, Cohoes, NY
Follow this link to read the school's comments and to view their slideshow!
Praise for Sea Magic: Masks, Mermaids, Music and Merriment!
June 25, 2010 from Chris Staubach — Head of Youth Services
The Public Library of New London
63 Huntington Street, New London, CT 06320
“Thank you for your powerful Sea Magic performance. Wow! Wow! Wow! The costumes and props! The acting! The audience couldn’t resist participating! Tremendous fun and an environmental message even the parents could understand! You haven’t seen the last of us in New London. We want you back again and again. Thank you so much for sharing your art with us.”
July 7, 2010
Grumbling Gryphons Theater Arts Camp
Each summer, children ages 5-15 are invited to attend Grumbling Gryphons Annual Summer Theater Arts Camp to be held July & August in Cornwall, CT. Children will help create and perform in an original play directed by Leslie Elias. More guest artists are to be announced. Visit the CAMP page for information or to register for a camp.
Contact Leslie Elias, Artistic Director 860-672-0286 or grumblinggryphons@ yahoo.com for more information!
More performances dates to be added soon!
on Saturday, Dec. 26 - Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009
We were happy to perform at the new Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, CT (see Reviews for parent comments)
The Ghost Net: An Environmental Musical of the Sea
Directed by Leslie Elias
The audience joins Marina, a young teenager, on a fantastic voyage to the sea where they meet King Neptune, the Mermaid Queen and a host of ocean creatures in this participatory story of survival in waters filled with drifting ghost nets, floating garbage and creeping oil spills.
Grumbling Gryphons is the winner of the 2003 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award, the highest award one can achieve in this state. Founded in 1980, the Gryphons have been performing in schools, theaters, festivals, museums and libraries for 30 years.