Thursday, June 28, 2012

You're Never Too Old to Learn About Puppets!


Glove Puppetry Boot Camp
July 9th-30th, Mon nights, 6:30-8:30pm

Puppets and Play-Making In the Classroom
July 22nd-Aug 12th, Sun afternoons, 

Both run 4 Sessions, for ages 16+
$125/class (PST Members save 10%!) 
For more information, or to register, check out Our Website!

PST is proud to offer two new classes this summer for puppeteers, educators, parents, and anyone else curious about puppetry! Also, PST is in the process of applying to be a certified PDP provider for Massachusetts school teachers!  Call for updates, 617-731-6400 x 201.

The first, Glove Puppetry Boot Camp, will be led by our Artist in Residence Brad Shur.  

Starting with basic exercises for manual dexterity and building towards complete character-based scenes, participants will acquire the movement vocabulary that allows their hands to express almost any emotion or action.

The second, Puppets and Play-Making in  the Classroom, will be led by Brenda Huggins. Learn more/buy tickets

Participants will learn how to use puppetry to facilitate character-based creative improvisation in the classroom, leading towards the development of scene-based dramatic scripts. In this step-by-step professional development series, participants will gain experience through hands-on craft activities, learning how to teach the basics of storytelling and puppetry to grades pre-k to 5th grade.

We are always looking to enhance our educational influence, and we have a goal to provide beneficial classes for educators.  A participant of previous a class at PST comments "These techniques could be applied over a whole host of projects."  Another said "Brenda was excellent!  She really took the time to mentor/critique and help us in every aspect... I feel that I learned a lot, gained confidence, and had a wonderful time." 

We are proud of the positive learning experiences that we have provided in the past, and welcome you to take part in these upcoming classes!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Last Chance To Support This Year

Dear Friends,

As President of Puppet Showplace Theatre's Board of Trustees, I am a dedicated supporter of "New England's Puppet Theatre." As our fiscal year comes to a close we would like to send a special thank you to everyone who could celebrate with us for our 38th birthday as New England's only continuously running puppet theatre. All you puppet fans helped raise over $6,000 at our birthday gala event! You continually help make Puppet Showplace Theatre a success.

- Adam Courville, 
President PST Board of Trustees

For those of you who couldn't make it, it's not too late to celebrate with us. With our fundraising target being $37,000 we only need an additional $4,000 by June 30th to ensure our goal for the fiscal year. We only have three days left until our fundraising closes so we hope you consider making a donation of any size to help build a large impact. 

As always we strive to promote and present the magical world of puppet theatre to a broad community in order to educate and enlighten audiences of all ages. We are optimistic that you do too. Thank you for all your support and stick around for all the fun we have in store for you in the future at Puppet Showplace Theatre!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Spend your July 4 weekend with Pinocchio at PST!

ThuJuly 510:30am & 1pm
FriJuly 610:30am & 1pm
SatJuly 710:30am & 1pm

It's the classic tale of Pinocchio, but this time with marionettes!

About the show: Carlo Collodi's epic about a puppet who wants to become a real boy is a classic example of storytelling at its best. Our adaptation is a faithful re-telling of this childhood favorite. Follow Pinocchio as he goes on a series of adventures and discovers that only by being truthful, selfless and kind to others will he realize his dream of becoming a real live boy.

Recommended for ages 4 & up.

About the performer: One of the oldest running marionette theaters in the US, National Marionette Theatre was founded in 1967 by artistic director David A. Syrotiak. For over 40 years, this award-winning company has been entertaining audiences around the world and are noted for their amazing manipulation technique and imaginative fully staged productions.

The company has received critical acclaim both here in the United States and abroad and was the first American marionette theater to receive the prestigious UNIMA award for excellence in puppetry. These days, shows are performed by David and Peter Syrotiak, sons of the artistic director. They have been building and performing with the company since their teenage years and are dedicated to keeping the tradition of professional puppetry alive in the United States.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Our stage is dark this week at PST!

DARK WEEK: Mon, June 18th through Mon, June 25th

It's been a wonderful, fasted-paced season for us here so far at Puppet Showplace Theatre, and our puppets need a little time to recuperate before the summer.

  • The box office is CLOSED from 6/18 through 6/25, and will re-open at 10:00am on Tues, 6/26.
  • There will be a Tag Sale in the PST Lobby, Wed 6/20 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
  • There are NO SHOWS the week of 6/25 through 7/2
  • The box office will be CLOSED on 7/4 in observance of Independence Day.
Although our puppets will be hibernating, PST staff will be scrubbing down the floors, and finishing up the rest of our spring cleaning all week long! The office will be closed, but staff will make every effort to return phone calls as soon as possible, if you leave us a message at 617-731-6400.
Tickets can be purchased online HERE.

We are excited to present two shows a day Wed through Sat beginning July 5th as we kick-off our "Summer Puppet Spectacular" season with a performance of Pinocchio by fan favorites, National Marionette Theatre.  See you at the theatre in July!

Pinocchio by National Marionette Theatre
July 5, 6 & 7 | 10:30am & 1pm

Free frozen treats on Sat, July 7th 
provided by Whole Foods Market, Brighton!

Community TAG SALE at PST this Wed!

TAG SALE: Wed, June 20th, 10am to 4pm
ITEM DROP OFF: Tues, June 19th, 10am to 4pm

We're finishing up our spring-cleaning at PST, and invite you to stop by for a tag sale in the lobby.  Find items like gently used office supplies, storage racks, toys, books, electronics, and more: ranging in price from .50 to $50.

We will accept drop-offs Tues, June 19th from 10am to 4pm, or the day-of. Suggested items include: Gently used and sanitized clothing, jewelry, housewares, toys, books, computers, other electronics and office supplies.

Tag Sale in the PST lobby!
Wed, June 20th, 10am to 4pm
Donation drop off: Tues, June 19th, 10am to 4pm

Saturday, June 9, 2012

OooOooOoo... a musical mystery comes to PST!

The Case of the Missing Woodpile
by Gerwick Puppets
ThuJune 14,10:30am
FriJune 15,10:30am
SatJune 16,10:30am & 1pm

It's a mystery! It's a musical! Get your detective gear, and help us find out who done it!

About the show: Marylou and Bruce star in this musical mystery. They’re busy with all sorts of summer activities, when suddenly the pile of wood for a chicken coop they want to build disappears! The audience joins the puppets to solve the mystery! With original music.

Recommended for ages 3 & up.

About the performer: Since 1974, Len Gerwick and The Gerwick Puppets have performed well over 5,000 shows! They perform at schools, libraries, and other events around New England and the rest of the country.

Len Gerwick got his start as a puppeteer at the ripe old age of 13, when he performed puppet shows at his family’s, friends’ and neighbors’ birthday parties in The Bronx, New York City. Soon he started traveling all over the city to perform! 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

A Woodland Cinderella visits PST!

ThuJune 710:30am
FriJune 810:30am
SatJune 910:30am & 1pm

It's a totally original version of Cinderella from Deborah Costine, Puppeteer!

About the show: In this original version of Cinderella, the King of all Woodland Fairies wants his son to marry a fairy princess, but he knows that they are very hard to find. So the King hosts a great ball and commands all the young fairy maidens to attend. He hopes that the missing fern fairy princess will come. Will he find her? 

Recommended for ages 3 & up.

About the performer: When Debbie was 10 years old, she made her first puppet. She had no idea how to go about it, but she made a papier mache puppet which sits in her puppet studio today!

Debbie designs and performs shows for young audiences, and was recently awarded a UNIMA Citation of Excellence for her show “Cinderella, A Woodland Fairy Princess” in 2009. The UNIMA Citation of Excellence is the highest honor in American puppetry.