Monday, September 26, 2011

The Three Wishes by Spring Valley Puppet Theater

"The Three Wishes" & "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" by Spring Valley Puppet Theater
Thurs | September 29 | 10:30am
Sat & Sun | October 1 & 2 | 1pm & 3pm

Our Fall Fairy Tale Festival continues this week with TWO classic stories! Spring Valley Puppet Theater returns to perform "The Three Wishes" and "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" this Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

About this show: What would you do if a magical Elf gave YOU three wishes? That’s just what happens to Henry and Gretchen in this puppet production of “The Three Wishes.” This folktale favorite is flavored with a dash of dialogue, a generous helping of humor and the plot twists for which Spring Valley Puppet Theater is known.

In the second story, a hungry Wolf tries to outwit the savvy Shepherd and make a meal of the helpless, little Lamb. Helpless? Maybe not! Adapted from the Aesop Fable, "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" is enlivened with a colorful Mexican setting, a humorous communication gap and a surprise ending!

About the performer: Michael Graham has been performing professionally since 1977, the year Spring Valley Puppet Theater was established. Every puppet he uses in his performances is hand crafted. Additionally, he designs and builds his own sets, writes the scripts, and creates the voice and music tapes. Michael's production of “Jack and the Beanstalk” was awarded the 1994 UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry by the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionette.

A highly sought-after instructor, he has taught at the University of Connecticut Puppet Arts program, the Institute of Professional Puppetry Arts (IPPA) at the O'Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Connecticut and has presented casting and hand puppet construction workshops for puppetry guilds in Connecticut and Massachusetts. more info

Friday, September 23, 2011

PST in the Community

Hi everyone! We hope you have been enjoying the FALL FAIRYTALE FESTIVAL at PST. We have seen some amazing artistry on our stage, and now we're inspired to bring puppets into the streets.

On October 2nd, Puppet Showplace Theatre will be part of the sixth annual HONK! Parade. We will march with "Goldie," our new and celebrated giant goldfish puppet, down Mass Ave from Davis to Harvard Square. Interested in marching with us? E-mail by September 29th for details!

We at PST love events like this that give us an excuse to go into the community and work with other organizations to make people smile. Part of PST's mission is to work in collaboration with area businesses, schools, and cultural organizations to improve people's lives. We do this through our touring workshops and school residencies, our appearances at cultural festivals and events, and our collaborations with institutions ranging from hospitals to teen centers to foreign consulates. Our Mary Churchill Fund, named for our founder, helps us bring children from under-served communities to see high-quality, educational performances.

Recently, PST partnered with the Brookline Recreation Department to offer an after-school puppetry enrichment program at our theatre. We hope to expand this into a full summer camp next year.

How would YOU like to see PST get involved in the community? Your ideas - and assistance! - are welcome as we strive to make this vision a reality!

P.S. In case you haven't met her, Goldie was designed and built in just one week last July by members of PST's "Think Big" all-ages giant puppet class, taught by Artist in Residence Brad Shur. In less than a month, Brad will begin teaching an awesome class for adults and teens called Puppet Building 101.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mystery of Queen Lake by Theatre of Life

"Mystery of Queen Lake" by Theatre of Life
Thurs | September 22 | 10:30am
Sat & Sun | September 24 & 25 | 1pm & 3pm

Our Fairy Tale Festival continues with Sammy the Snail in "Mystery of Queen Lake" by Theatre of Life this Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

About this show: Audience involvement and a musical extravaganza highlight this magical Medieval tale. A visually impaired princess is our heroine who along with Sammy Snail encounter hilarious situations and enchanting puppets including a giant fish! An absolute delight for the youngest to the oldest audience member!

Recommended for ages 3 & up.

About the performer: Lesley Smith is a renowned ventriloquist, puppeteer and singer/songwriter employing the vehicles of humor, dynamic vocals and puppetry to entertain corporations, festivals, school children and their families across the country. As a New England Foundation for the Arts touring artist, the Theatre of Life Puppets has become a premier educational entertainment troupe. More info.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Adult Classes This Fall!


Classes for adults at PST are the perfect way to take your love of puppetry to the next level. Whether you are an aspiring puppeteer, avid puppet fan, or seasoned performer seeking to learn a new style of puppetry, reserve your spot today!

Furry Monsters 101 starts THIS THURSDAY! There are still a couple of spots available!

Furry Monsters 101Four Thursday Evenings
September 22 - October 13, 7PM - 9PM
Ages 16 and up-
Taught by Jonathan Little, PST Slam Emcee

About the class: This class will focus on the proper manipulation of Muppet-style hand and rod puppets regularly featured on Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and Avenue Q. Professional puppeteers know how to make these characters appear as living, breathing beings with their own thoughts, desires, and motivations. After learning the basics of proper body position, breathing, lip-synch, and focus, your hand will start to have a mind of its own.

Students will produce an original sketch of their own from beginning to end which will be showcased on Saturday 10/15 @ 8:00 pm. In-class practice puppets and camera equipment will be provided by the instructor. This is an ideal class for actors, comedians, die-hard Muppet fans, dancers, animators, or anyone interested in learning puppetry. Class size is limited: enroll today!

Puppet Building 101
Monday evenings 6:30 to 8:30 pm
8 sessions October 17th - December 12th (No class on Halloween, Oct 31)
Cost: $200 + $25 materials fee (includes take-home sculpting materials!)Register Online!
PST Members save 10%!
Instructor: Brad Shur

Register Online

About this class: Puppets are moving sculptures carefully crafted to be brought to life. Engineering plays a crucial role in shaping a puppet's character and movement abilities. In "Puppet Building 101" participants will each create an original sculpted hand puppet from scratch. To begin, class members will learn how to turn their ideas into drawn designs, ready to be produced. From there, participants will learn how to sculpt plasticine, apply paper mache, pattern and sew fabric, and apply other materials to turn their designs into fully functional, performance-ready works of art!

Note: While hand puppets are the primary example that will be used in class, the methods and materials presented in "Puppet Building 101" can be applied to many different styles of puppet construction.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Weekday Shows Begin this Week!

LAND OF ENCHANTMENT by Sparky's Puppets
Thursday, September 15th at 10:30am
Saturday & Sunday, September 17th & 18th at 1pm & 3pm

About this show: You never know who might pop up...a goblin, a wise woman, an elf or a leprechaun! A rollicking assortment of enchanted objects, secret powers, and hilarious adventures...all from the magical world of children's books.

Recommended for ages 3 & up.

About this performer: Sparky’s Puppets have been delighting children throughout New England for over 20 years. Sparky Davis, the puppeteer, has degress in English, education, and library science. She began dramatizing children’s literature while working as a school librarian, and now performs these tales in schools, libraries, and festivals.

Performances by Sparky Davis are perennial favorites at Puppet Showplace Theatre. Her gentle approach, lively sense of humor, unique interpretations of familiar tales, and imaginative original characters make for a wonderful show!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Puppet Showplace Slam: Puppets for Adults!

Puppet Showplace Slam!
Saturday, Sept 17th at 8pm
$13/Students & Members
$15/General Admission

PST has shows for teens and adults? That's right, puppet fans. Every other month we stay open late on Saturday night to bring you a raucous evening of PG-13 puppet entertainment. We call it a "slam" because it's your only chance to get smashed in the eyeballs by every style of puppetry you can imagine.

About this slam: This month, the Puppet Showplace Slam will feature performers from across the country and includes a juggling lobster, the award-winning "Show of Hands," and the debut performance of "WAR SHEEP." Never been to a slam before? Check out real-life footage from our last Slam, documented by Boston University Students in the short film, "A Guide to Doll Wiggling."

A Guide to Doll Wiggling

2011 - 2012 Puppet Showplace Slam Schedule:

Saturday September 17, 2011
8:00 pm at Puppet Showplace Theatre
FEATURING Circus lobsters, "War Sheep," Gepetta, and more!
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Saturday November 19, 2011
8:00 pm at Puppet Showplace Theatre

Saturday January 21, 2012
8:00 pm at Puppet Showplace Theatre

Saturday March 17, 2012
8:00 pm at Puppet Showplace Theatre

Saturday May 19, 2012
8:00 pm at Puppet Showplace Theatre

Saturday July 21, 2012
8:00 pm at Puppet Showplace Theatre

Rumplestiltskin by Dream Tale Puppets

"Rumplestiltskin" by Dream Tale Puppets
Saturday & Sunday | September 10 & 11 | 1pm & 3pm

The Fall Fairytale Festival continues this weekend at PST with a magical performance of this exciting tale, re-told with colorful and delightfully humorous table-top puppets.

About this show: When a miller brags that his daughter can spin straw into gold, the King commands the girl to spin for him and help him pay the royal pile of bills. With no idea how to make this impossible task happen, the girl finds help from a funny looking Little Man ­— who only makes things worse!

Recommended for ages 4 & up.

About the performer: Dream Tale Puppets is a continuation of the Story and Puppet Time project which began at the Cape Cod Children’s Museum in April 2003.

Jacek Zuzanski has a Master of Art degree from The State Puppetry Institute in Wrocław, Poland, and The Ministry for Art and Culture’s Stage Directing Certificate. Jacek currently teaches acting and puppetry at the Cape Cod Conservatory and at the Falmouth Academy.

Norina Reif leads Toddler Story time at Falmouth Library and she is also a playgroup coordinator specializing in early childhood development. She also performs with Falmouth Theatre Guild and Cotuit Center for the Arts.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fall NEW Membership Drive!

September * October * November

Beginning at our Season Kick Off Event this Labor Day weekend, everyone who becomes a NEW Puppet Showplace Theatre member at at least the Family Level (minimum donation of $100) will be entered for the chance to win a $25 gift card to Legal Seafoods!

Already a member? Don't worry! There is still a chance to win! Refer a friend to become a NEW member, and you will be entered to win too! There will be three drawings at the final day of each fall month. Five winners will be chosen each month, for a total of 15 winners!

There are many benefits to becoming a member of Puppet Showplace, but none so important as supporting the work that we do. Be part of the excitement... become a member today by calling the box office, 617-731-6400, ordering on-line, or best of all, by coming to the theatre to see a show!

As a non-profit theatre, the Puppet Showplace is only able to keep our doors open by the generous donations of our community partners like Chobee Hoy Associates, Legal Seafoods, and people like you! See you at the theatre!

Check out the show calendar for our Fall Fairytale Festival programming!