Educational Programs & Show Requests

Odds Bodkin Zoom Appearances Work!

A Review from a Professor at Loyola University Maryland, September 2020

“Odds Bodkin has been thrilling our students every Fall for years now with his live performances, and this year’s zoom performance of Iliad Book 1 was every bit as successful.  We have gotten a good deal of feedback from the attendees, and it indicates that they were mesmerized, as usual.  Indeed, several students who had seen Odds perform in the past – and he has fans who come back every year – considered it even better.  They loved the fact that they could see his face up close, watch his fingers dance across his guitar and harp, and they thought not a bit of the usual intensity and beauty of his performance was lost.  I agree.  It was just terrific.  Several students said they broke out into applause at the end, even though they knew Odds could not hear them, and a few even said they gave him a standing ovation, though they knew he could not see them.  They were just carried away, as was I.  We were a bit apprehensive about having a zoom performance, but our apprehensions were completely unfounded.  Great performance, as usual, and every bit as impactful.  And it transported our students, who are studying remotely and feeling confined and disappointed with the current circumstances, beyond their homes, beyond these times, and beyond this world.”

Joseph J. Walsh

Chair, Department of Classics

Co-Director, Honors Program

Loyola University Maryland

Whether your students are learning at home or at school, you can still experience an Odds Bodkin performance or residency on ZOOM.

We at Rivertree Productions have built a state-of-the-art Zoom studio in New Hampshire with perfected HD video and HD sound over the platform. Powerful signal boosters and quality microphones eliminate shaky video and tinny sound. Book a date and time and we’ll send you your meeting invitation URL and password. Distribute them via email to your students. Just before the show, students log on and enter the “waiting room” until the show begins. We can accommodate up to 500 viewers. Every screen is a front row seat.

Contact us today for information on fees, availability and scheduling.

Odds Bodkin’s adult concerts are also available.

 

 


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Odds Bodkin’s Philosophy: Children & Imagination

If today’s children are digitally “re-wired,” why bother with spoken-word storytelling? Unlike movies, there are no visuals. Where’s the interactivity? Where are the buttons? On the surface, the entertainment experience looks incomplete.

Simply put, therein lies its power. The act of listening taps our inborn ability to create mental images. If “imagination is more important than knowledge” as Einstein famously said, then the very act of imagining builds strength and flexibility in the minds of children, firing up new neural nets and improving their ability to gain knowledge across the board. It’s not just stories they learn, it’s how to use their minds. Spoken-word stories are interactive with the brain itself.

Timeless ones––fairytales, myths, folktales, sacred stories––still exist because they carry ethical lessons that generations have seen fit to pass on. Because most cultures worldwide believe that kindness, courage, loyalty, truthfulness, compassion, curiosity and other virtues enhance our lives, they’ve always told stories about them. My favorites are here, brought to life with characters and something else––flavored music. I create my own, performed live as I speak. The same way movie music can excite us, relax us, even scare us, the music works as a second dramatic voice to guide young listeners’ feelings.

The best ethical teaching takes place when kids are thoroughly entertained.