— Upcoming Shows at Mayo Street —
Saturday & Sunday, February 15th & 16th 7pm-8pm
Czech and Slovak Tales with Strings by Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre
Mayo Street Arts presents the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre
Internationally known Czechoslovak puppeteer, storyteller and author Vít Hořejš and his troupe of century-old hand-carved marionettes will perform live at Mayo Street Arts February 15 & 16 at 7pm
Mr. Hořejš performs a one-man show of Czech fairy tales (in English) replete with kings, clever village maidens, witches and spirits. His marionettes speak in a dozen voices, dance, play violin, swim and fly. The program will be composed of favorite Czech and Slovak fairy tales such as “Salt over Gold” (a Princess who values her father “only” as much as salt, is banished, but returns to save her father when salt disappears), “The Stingy Tailor” (a proud and stingy tailor is taught a lesson by the water goblin “Vodnik”) and “Kacha and the Devil” (a shepherd outwits the devil who is pursued by a dance-loving shrew).
For fifty years, a troupe of antique marionettes was confined to a dusty closet at Jan Hus Church, in the heart of New York’s Czechoslovak neighborhood. Discovered by Vít Hořejš, Czech storyteller, author, and puppeteer, the 24-inch century-old traditional masterpieces by Czech puppet makers, have since brought joy to thousands of spectators young and old on tours to 34 continental states, and more.
Mr. Hořejš’s performances include tours to the Smithsonian Institute, Detroit Institute of Art, the International Festival of Puppet Theatre organized by the Jim Henson Foundation in New York City, Celebrate Prague Festival at Winter Garden in New York City’s World Financial Center, Folk Arts Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts; as well as International Festivals in France, Pakistan, Turkey, Poland, Korea, and the Czech Republic.
— Past Shows at Mayo Street —
Milo is an aspiring entertainer and magician. Using Vaudeville-era music and suitcases, Milo unpacks his latest achievements in science and magic which don’t always go as planned. All ages welcome!
Alex & Olmsted (Alex Vernon and Sarah Olmsted Thomas) have been making puppets together since 2010. Alex is a silhouettist and automata engineer and Sarah is a fifth-generation artist and clown. In recent years they have performed at the Kennedy Center, The Puppeteers of America Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in Connecticut, and Bread and Puppet in Vermont. Their puppet show “Milo The Magnificent” was accepted into the National Puppet Slam twice and was featured on the front page of the Hartford Courant. They are also proud company members of Happenstance Theater since 2012.
Puppet Cabaret with Shoestring Theater and the Bad Puppyz
March 17 & 18
As if you didn’t hear enough from a narcissistic guy; come laugh the winter blues away at Mayo Street Arts. The Shoestring Theater will be presenting their newest puppet production Peter Pan on Friday March 17th & Sat March 18th at 7pm at Mayo Street Arts. Joining them will be the Bad Puppyz with their original production, The Man Who Rode the Thunder – the True Story of a Pilot who Ejected into a Thundercloud and Lived to Tell the Tale.
Shoestring Theater – Peter Pan
Directed by Nance Parker
Cast : Allison Villani , Zach Rohman, Dylan Rohman. Zara Machatine, Sacaira Machatine, Cat Labarre,Brianna Beebe, Nance Parker.
The Man Who Rode the Thunder – the True Story of a Pilot who Ejected into a Thundercloud and Lived to Tell the Tale
by the Bad Puppys: aleric nez, jimmy doherty, alyssa freitas, and blainor mcgough, with help from joel eckhaus, chris patch, and brian arlet
2pm: Puppet Workshop with Shoshana Bass and Jana Zeller
3pm: Punschi puppet show
3pm: Punschi puppet show
Shoshana Bass and Jana Zeller of Sandglass Theater present a collection of delightful and compelling short puppet pieces in Punschi. Perfect for kids and adults alike, Punschi features hand puppets, a miniature circus, music, and lots of laughs!
On December 10 there will be a puppet workshop before the performance at 2pm. Cost to participate in the workshop AND stay for the puppet show after is $15 adults, $8 Kids 12 and under.
Sunday, October 2 at 4pm
The talented Brazilian Mamulengo handpuppet performer Chico Simoes will be in the U.S. this September and October with his masterful performances of Mamulengo, a type of puppet performance popular in North East Brazil, meaning “soft hand”, ideal for giving lively movements to a puppet.
Mamulengo is the most traditional and popular kind of puppet theatre in Brazil. Passed along over the centuries by itinerant performers, mamulengo reveals the influence of the Italian Commedia Dell’Arte and African cultural aesthetics. The form is still alive in the Brazilian countryside and in the marginalized outskirts of big cities.
The Art of Memory: Stories from Maine’s Outer Islands
Puppet Film Screening
Friday, September 23 at 7pm
Figures of Speech Theatre and the Island Institute have partnered to produce The Art of Memory: Stories from Maine’s Outer Islands, a shadow puppet film based on oral histories gathered on some of Maine’s most remote islands.
Figures of Speech Theatre Director of Education Ian Bannon led a team of four artists in a year-and-a-half-long collaboration with the students of the Outer Islands Teaching and Learning Collaborative. In the spring of 2015, Bannon travelled to each island to introduce students to documentary techniques, which they then used to cull stories from other island residents, historical archives, and publications. The entire artistic team returned in the fall of 2015 to collaborate in the creation and filming of shadow puppet adaptations of their favorite stories.
The main feature will be followed by a brief behind the scenes film and a live Q&A session with Ian Bannon.
Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers: The Legend of the Banana Kid
Wednesday, July 13 at 10am (SOLD OUT) and 2pm
Little Chucky heads to the Wild West to outwit outlaws in this cowboy adventure! With a fistful of bananas, Chucky rides into town on his trusty goat for a showdown with Big Bad Bart and his gang of bandits.
“The Legend of the Banana Kid” features 20 of Frogtown Mountain’s hand-crafted glove, mouth and rod puppets, and a slew of flying and twirling styrofoam bananas.
Bonnie Duncan – Lollipops for Breakfast
Sunday May 10: 10am and 2pm
Monday May 11: 10am and 3:45pm
An industrious young girl dreams of making the perfect lollipop. She discovers an enchanted cookbook that transports her to a fantastic, gadget-filled world of candy creations. With help from her trusty pet bird, spoons that come to life, and YOU, she works tirelessly to invent the perfect lollipop-making contraption. “Lollipops for Breakfast” is a wildly imaginative ode to children’s boundless creativity. The performance, told entirely without words, features multiple styles of puppetry, original music, acrobatics, and lots of audience participation.
Ages Kindergarten and up
Crabgrass Puppet Theatre: African Adventure Tales
Saturday April 25: 10am and 2pm
Sunday April 26: 10 am and 2pm
Monday April 27: 10am and 4:15pm
In “Koi and the Kola Nuts,” the young son of a chief sets out on a wonderful journey in search of fortune, carrying only a sack of kola nuts. His kindness to the creatures he meets is rewarded when their assistance saves his life! And in “Anansi the Spider,” we meet one of the most hilarious trickster characters in world folklore! Crabgrass brings these traditional tales to life through innovative puppetry, spectacular scenery, and infectious music.
RECOMMENDED AUDIENCE: K-4 and family audiences
PERFORMANCE LENGTH: 45 minutes
Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers: Everybody Loves Pirates
Saturday April 11: 10am and 2pm
Sunday April 12: 10am and 2pm
Monday April 13: 10am and4:15pm
Eight-year-old Lucy and her goofy pal Little Chucky are searching for buried treasure, but a gang of bumbling pirates keeps getting in the way! The kids get some help from their new ocean-dwelling friends, including enthusiastic superhero Lobster Boy, his reluctant sidekick Crabby, and an overgrown sea monkey.
“Everybody Loves Pirates” features 15 of our hand-crafted mouth and rod puppets, and an 8 foot paper-mache pirate ship.
Length of show: approx. 52 minutes
Recommended audience: All ages, Kindergarten and up
Shoestring Theater‘s Alice in Wonderland
Funky twisted, irreverent and weird are a few of the words one could use to describe the premiere of Shoestring Theaters adaption of Alice inWonderland. Performed in three episodes at Mayo Street this original adaption showcased a variety of puppets including large marionettes , hand puppets, as well as actors and musicians.