Spotlight on My Name is Loofa Tutu: Meet Kalen & Taro


Meet Kalen & Taro, a Performer and the Set Designer in My Name is Loofa Tutu, our upcoming production for very young children ages 0-6!

Kalen Stockton (Performer)

Kalen Stockton is an actor, singer, and dancer from Lawrence. She loves wearing pink and hates wearing shoes. In her free time find her knitting with her cats Charlie and Dot! 

Taro Takizawa (Set Designer – Also our current Printmaking Artist-in-Residence)
Taro Takizawa is an artist who can teach how to cut up stuff and sling inks around safely, he also collects toy cars.

So what is My Name is Loofa Tutu?

My Name is Loofa Tutu is part of our Theatre and Dance for the Very Young series. Nicholas Kryah made a script full of pictures, rather than lines for actors to read, so we started with that visual story to create this performance. We showed the pictures to children ages 2-6 in our Play Labs. During these Play Labs with the Kelly Galloway Kindergarten and collaborating caregiver/child pairs, we used imaginative play, dance, and music to explore what Loofa Tutu’s adventures entailed. My Name is Loofa Tutu will be performed by adults based on our interactions in Play Labs that bring the script to life. The performance involves live music, moments of interaction, and scenic art by Taro Takizawa, our Printmaking Artist-in-Residence, and costumes by Lexey Jost, as Loofa Tutu formulates her opinions on trying broccoli, swimming through the sea, finding treasure, and more.