Past Performances: Puppet Shows for Kids and Families

Puppet Cabaret with Shoestring Theater and the Bad Puppyz

March 17 & 18, 2017

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As if you didn’t hear enough from a narcissistic guy; come laugh the winter blues away at Mayo Street Arts. 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

Sandglass Theater’s Punschi

December 10, 2016
2pm: Puppet Workshop with Shoshana Bass and Jana Zeller
3pm: Punschi puppet show

December 11, 2016
3pm: Punschi puppet show

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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.

Mamulengo! A traditional Brazilian puppet show by Chico Simões

Sunday, October 2, 2016

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, 2016

Art of Memory

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, 2016 (SOLD OUT) 

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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, 2016: 10am and 2pm
Monday May 11, 2016: 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

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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

Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers: Everybody Loves Pirates

Saturday April 11: 10am and 2pm
Sunday April 12: 10am and 2pm
Monday April 13: 10am and 4:15pm

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. Click here to see images from Alice in Wonderland!

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