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Tophat Toy Theater: Little Shop of Horrors 

8pm
$15 in adv/$20at the door | students $10 adv/$15 door
David Worobec, only 25, has created single-handedly a theater company, built the theater, created sets for several productions, designed them all, cast and created all the characters, does all the lighting, directing, props, etc., plus plays all the parts and does all the singing.
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King Friday’s Dungeon (Puppet Slam) 

7pm
$15 in adv/$20 at the door | students $10 adv/$15 door

King Friday, post-monarch, deposed and living in squalor beneath an old vaudeville house hath requestedeth new puppet works and puppet works-in-progress for an impromptu, after-hours, puppet-roadhouse show. Pieces shall be edgy, bawdy, humorous, elegant, or bizarre. Object theater, canastoria, and ventriloquism are likely candidates too. Come romp through the netherrealms of puppet and object theater with K.F.

King Friday’s Dungeon is part of the Puppet Slam Network – brainchild of Heather Henson, daughter of reknowned puppeteer Jim Henson. Puppet slams feature contemporary short-form puppet and object theater for adult audiences, often late at night in small venues, nightclubs, and art spaces. Puppet Slams exist at the nexus of vaudeville, burlesque, and performance art through the intersection of experimental theater, art, music, and dance as a viable alternative to the culturally homogeneous digital mass media.

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International Heritage Music Series – Eva Salina and Peter Stan

8pm

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Tickets: $12 in advance / $15 at the door.
Student Tickets: $7 in advance / $8 at the door

A native of Santa Cruz, California, Eva Salina Primack has been immersed in Balkan music and culture since she was a young child. She has studied with some of the greatest living singers of Balkan traditional music. Eva’’s rich, versatile, agile, deep and powerful voice and her enthusiastic, skillful, inspired and inspiring teaching have led her to quickly become a renowned singer, interpreter, and teacher of Traditional Balkan Vocal music. Singing primarily through the traditions of Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and the Romani people, Eva has also studied Georgian, Corsican, Traditional American, and Ukrainian singing.
Peter Stan is a Serbian Romani accordionist known equally for his playfulness and innovation as he is for his undeniably soulful, intuitive improvisations.  Together, Eva and Peter draw on a strong musical friendship, the diversity of their creative professional experiences, and their shared love of Balkan Romani music, creating a welcoming space where joy and sorrow seamlessly coexist.  In their performance, mournful ballads nestle gently among songs of celebration, bringing the listener on a journey that encapsulates both the beauty and the complexity of daily life.
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The Distance of the Moon

Presented by Figures of Speech Theatre

The Distance of the Moon is a mixed media adaptation of Italo Calvino’s classic short story. Shadows, puppetry, and actors combine with a sparse, hypnotic musical score to bring to life this surreal tale. Humorous and heartbreaking by turns, the performance explores the beautifully murky depths of pure, unrequited love.

The Cast
The Moon
Mrs. Vhd Vhd, The Captain
Qwfwq, The Pilot
His Cousin

The Ensemble
Ian Bannon, Alex Endy, Martha Fournier, Lorenza Lattanzi,
Kavi Montanaro, Dylan Rohman & Dana Wieluns

Designed & Directed by Ian Bannon
Puppets built by Ian Bannon, John Farrell & Dylan Rohman
Original music composed and performed by Dave Noyes

“At one time the Moon was very close to the Earth. Then the tides gradually pushed her far away; the tides that the Moon herself causes in the Earth’s waters, where the Earth slowly loses energy.”                                                                                                                                                                ~ Sir George H. Darwin

“Climb up on the moon? Of course we did!”
~ Qwfwq

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Spybird Theater: Egg Noir 

There will be two performances of Egg Noir at Mayo Street Arts on Saturday, November 22nd 2014: an afternoon matinee at 3pm with an audience talkback to follow, and an evening show at 8pm. The matinee talkback will be led by Ian Bannon.
$15 in adv/$20at the door | students $10 adv/$15 door
Egg Noir is an object theater piece theorizing about the course of human vision. A scientist who breeds egg heads, a machine who processes them into eye balls, and a poet in the desert who records the eye’s vision, are locked into a routine that produces a healthy eyeball. One day a bad egg infiltrates this world and threatens to destroy it.
Spybird Theater was founded in 2001 with the creation of Sensational Prodigies! a toy theater show about the life of midget Tom Thumb who became famous under the guidance of PT Barnum.  This show was developed and performed on the road while traveling throughout the United States.  In the following years we made Egg Noir, a solo object theater piece about an ailing system of communication, which played in Vermont, Chicago, and Mexico. Our newest show Eye of the Storm is a bizarre fairy tale about the difficulties of trying to stay connected to the world and facing a set of obnoxious neighbors.
Jana Zeller is a puppeteer and designer.  As the daughter of puppeteers she started traveling with and working for the theater at a young age.  She has built countless sets, props and puppets.  Her long training as a painter embraced many phases:  years of producing her own paintings, portrait painting in Munich, set painting in the scenic artist union in San Francisco, and teaching art in Brattleboro, VT.  As a puppet performer she has created a number of original works and presented them all over the US, in Canada and in Mexico.  She has collaborated with other puppeteers, dancers, and circus artists in creating short form theater pieces.  She has hosted numerous cabarets and multi media events in her community, and is Co-Curator of the New Visions Series at Sandglass Theater.
Ian Bannon came to Maine to study creative nonfiction at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies after graduating cum laude from Juniata College with a degree in Psychology & Theatre. Ian then served as Assistant Director of Short Fuse Interactive, a company providing customized dramatic training for the workplace. Ian has studied storytelling with Milbre Burch and Antonio Rocha, performing objects with Theodora Skipitares, improvisation with Keith Johnstone and collaborative theatre with Sojourn Theatre’s Michael Rohd. Ian is also a founding member of the new Celebration Barn Ensemble, based in South Paris, Maine. As Figures of Speech Theatre’s Director of Education since 2005, Ian implements FST’s Artist-in-Residence programs and performs Jester Kings of Java. For the past four years Ian has successfully directed The FOSSE (Figures of Speech Student Ensemble), whose latest project, a puppet/film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, can be see on the web at The Entertainment Experiment.
Mayo Street Arts presents puppet theater shows for families and adults throughout the year, and in in general works to promote the art of puppetry. MSA hosts an annual puppet slam, King Friday’s Dungeon – a part of the national Puppet Slam Network started by Heather Henson. We host a Puppet Lab for practicing new works, and we offer kids puppet making workshops throughout the year at the center, and at area schools.
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Spybird Theater: Egg Noir

There will be TWO performances of Egg Noir at Mayo Street Arts on Saturday, November 22nd:
  • 3pm matinee with an audience talkback to follow led by Ian Bannon
  • 8pm evening show, with a reception with the artist to follow.
tickets:
$15 in adv/$20at the door | students $10 adv/$15 door
Spybird Theater was founded in 2001 with the creation of Sensational Prodigies! a toy theater show about the life of midget Tom Thumb who became famous under the guidance of PT Barnum.  This show was developed and performed on the road while traveling throughout the United States.  In the following years we made Egg Noir, a solo object theater piece about an ailing system of communication, which played in Vermont, Chicago, and Mexico. Our newest show Eye of the Storm is a bizarre fairy tale about the difficulties of trying to stay connected to the world and facing a set of obnoxious neighbors.
Egg Noir is an object theater piece theorizing about the course of human vision. A scientist who breeds egg heads, a machine who processes them into eye balls, and a poet in the desert who records the eye’s vision, are locked into a routine that produces a healthy eyeball. One day a bad egg infiltrates this world and threatens to destroy it.
Jana Zeller is a puppeteer and designer.  As the daughter of puppeteers she started traveling with and working for the theater at a young age.  She has built countless sets, props and puppets.  Her long training as a painter embraced many phases:  years of producing her own paintings, portrait painting in Munich, set painting in the scenic artist union in San Francisco, and teaching art in Brattleboro, VT.  As a puppet performer she has created a number of original works and presented them all over the US, in Canada and in Mexico.  She has collaborated with other puppeteers, dancers, and circus artists in creating short form theater pieces.  She has hosted numerous cabarets and multi media events in her community, and is Co-Curator of the New Visions Series at Sandglass Theater.
Ian Bannon came to Maine to study creative nonfiction at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies after graduating cum laude from Juniata College with a degree in Psychology & Theatre. Ian then served as Assistant Director of Short Fuse Interactive, a company providing customized dramatic training for the workplace. Ian has studied storytelling with Milbre Burch and Antonio Rocha, performing objects with Theodora Skipitares, improvisation with Keith Johnstone and collaborative theatre with Sojourn Theatre’s Michael Rohd. Ian is also a founding member of the new Celebration Barn Ensemble, based in South Paris, Maine. As Figures of Speech Theatre’s Director of Education since 2005, Ian implements FST’s Artist-in-Residence programs and performs Jester Kings of Java. For the past four years Ian has successfully directed The FOSSE (Figures of Speech Student Ensemble), whose latest project, a puppet/film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, can be see on the web at The Entertainment Experiment.
Mayo Street Arts presents puppet theater shows for families and adults throughout the year, and in in general works to promote the art of puppetry. MSA hosts an annual puppet slam, King Friday’s Dungeon – a part of the national Puppet Slam Network started by Heather Henson. We host a Puppet Lab for practicing new works, and we offer kids puppet making workshops throughout the year at the center, and at area schools.

 

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International Heritage Music Series – Stämbandet

7pm

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Tickets: $12 in advance / $15 at the door.
Student Tickets: $7 in advance / $8 at the door

Join Scandinavian vocal ensemble Stämbandet for a special evening of holiday music and traditions, including a children’s candle-lit Lucia procession bringing light during the darkest time of the year. This captivating vocal band often breaks into six- and seven part harmonies, and has a reputation for excellence both as an a cappella ensemble and a World Music vocal group. Led by Allen LeVines, musical director, Stämbandet performs a wide range of a folk traditions unique to Scandinavia.

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Crabgrass Puppet Theatre: African Adventure Tales

Saturday February 7th, 10am and 2pm, $5 kids/$8 adults

Sunday February 8th, 10am and 2pm, $5 kids/$8 adults

Monday February 9th, show times TBA
Monday shows are for school groups, please contact: director@mayostreetarts.org to find out more

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.

Jamie Keithline and Bonny Hall formed Crabgrass Puppet Theatre in San Francisco in 1982 and have delighted audiences across the nation with their whimsical humor and puppetry. Now residents of Halifax, Vermont, they continue to tour throughout the U.S., performing in schools, museums and theaters. Their performing venues have included the Detroit Institute of Art, the Smithsonian, Paper Mill Playhouse, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and dozens of regional and national puppetry festivals. In 2001 Jamie and Bonny were honored by their peers when their production Anansi, Spiderman of Africa! was awarded an UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence, the highest honor in American puppetry. This honor was repeated in 2005 with the receipt of a second UNI award for The Bremen Town Musicians. In 2008, Bonny received a Commendation for Design in the Puppet Theatre by the Arlyn Award Foundation for The Day It Snowed Tortillas.