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Arts & Education: Bat Honey entertains Missoula students

Posted: 12:12 PM, Mar 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-21 14:12:54-04

MISSOULA – We headed over to Paxson Elementary School where the kindergarten class is learning some very valuable lessons in a unique way.

When we recently stopped by, Britt Juchem and Arial Gregory —  the founders of Bat Honey — were performing through puppets for the kindergarten class.

Now, you may be wondering, what is Bat Honey? Well, that would be the name Britt and Ariel gave their puppet production company as they were touring and performing across Montana.

This year, for the first time, they have teamed up with SPARK! Arts Missoula to perform for the Missoula County Schools.

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Britt Juchem and Arial Gregory of Bat Honey performing through puppets for kindergartens at Paxson Elementary School. (MTN News photo)

“This is our first year of having the pleasure of bringing it to Missoula schools. But we have toured the Montana Library system.  It was our goal for five years to play puppet shows to rural Montana and that was an absolute delight,” Juchem said.

“And now we are delighted that SPARK! Opened their door for us to perform for schools, so we are performing for all the kindergarten classes in Missoula. And it has been a fantastic experience,” he added.

Since the main audience is kindergartners it’s important to keep it fun, entertaining and let the kids laugh. But as you would imagine, inside all the laughs, jokes and songs, there is a deeper message that these kids can take with them.

“Largely it’s about finding confidence in yourself and making friends,” Gregory told MTN News.