Everyone is invited to start the school vacation week by joining the Terra Diddle Collective to celebrate the winter sky with dancing, drumming, large puppetry, story and song. The Terra Diddle Collective’s new show, “Starry Nights,” will be presented twice Monday afternoon, Feb. 15, in the Cider Barn of Carver Hill Gallery, 264 Meadow St.

Performances will be at 3 and 4 p.m. Admission will be $5 at the door. In case of inclement weather, the shows will be rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the same times.

The Terra Diddle Collective performers are nine children, age 7 through 10, who have just completed a five-week transformational theater workshop with instructors Kathryn Oliver and Kristi Williamson. Transformational theater refers a the process of creating visual storytelling through structured creative play, song, artwork and a deep connection to nature.

Oliver, a visual artist and playwright from Hope, is the founder of the Terra Diddle Collective. She brings her joy of creative expression through art instruction, large puppetry, stage design and story. Williamson is a transformational theater instructor, performance artist and choreographer who grew up in Camden. She interweaves the disciplines of dance, song, creative movement, and choreography.

Both women previously collaborated on the Terra Diddle Collective’s 2009 productions of “Awakening Mother Earth: Blossoms from Shadowland” and “The Brave Little Parrot.” “Starry Nights” will be accompanied by Tree Sampson, who provides lively musical accents.

The Terra Diddle Collective has partnered with fiscal sponsor, Waldo Arts Mission (501c3), and the workshops were underwritten by business sponsor Carver Hill Gallery, whose generous donation helped make the workshop available to all nine participants. For more information, visit terradiddlecollective.com.

For information about the upcoming shows at Carver Hill Gallery, contact Oliver at kathryn@kathrynoliver.com or 763-4038. “Starry Nights” also will be performed at the Farnsworth Art Museum during its Play-cation week for program participants only; for details on the museum program, call 596-6457, ext. 118.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.