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Catch a Puppet Show at Arlington Open Studios!

I’m happy to be one of more than 100 artists at Arlington Open Studios on Saturday, November 12th, 11 to 5.

Here’s my schedule in Classroom 1, 4th floor at 20 Academy St:

11:30 – mini-show of “Taking Turns” featuring needle-felted puppets, best for ages 3 to 7

12:00 – try your hand at puppet-play with hand puppets

12:30 – mini-show of “Taking Turns” – will Mathilda apologize?

1:00 – puppet-play with hand puppets

1:30 – “Monkey Makes Mischief in Heaven,” a Monkey King story, best for ages 5 and up

2:00 – puppet-play with Bu Dai Xi style hand puppets

Upcoming Public Shows

Come see a puppet show ! Here’s what’s on my winter schedule.

Taking Turns, at Wonder Yoga during Arlington Heights Holiday Stroll, December 10, 4pm, free.

 Mathilda’s Bath, Fox Library, Arlington, December 17 at 10:30am. Free

Monkey Makes Mischief in Heaven, Puppet Showplace Theater, February 4 (11am & 1pm) and 5 (10:30am & 1pm), indoor

“The Trolls and the Tree” at Fall River Library

On July 13, Peter Lehman’s lute music brought the peaceful sense of a fairy woodland to the Elm Street tent outside Fall River Library.  Children gathered on a rug, ready to meet fairies, squirrels . . . and trolls! In this interactive show, Peter, Ann Wynne and I want our audience members to have opinions — but we were surprised at how strongly they spoke to Skimpa the troll. “No, you can’t push down the tree!” “But I need space for my beautiful new chair,” she whined. “NO!” the children said.

 

When the trolls persisted in knocking over the tree, our faithful audience helped them plant a baby tree for distraught fairies. And, after trolls, fairies, puppeteers and our amazing musician took their bows, the children arrested the trolls! We know they will take good care of trees in the future.

Fall River Children’s Librarian David Mello with his own tree puppet.

THANK YOU, FALL RIVER CULTURAL COUNCIL!! This show was supported by a grant from the Fall River Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. And thank you to librarian David Mello for his incredible support of children and those who perform for them.

 

The Trolls and the Tree opening Saturday, June 4th!

What’s more important: the trolls’ deluxe toaster or the fairies’ cherished tree? Join Ann Wynne, Peter Lehman and I for an environmental fable featuring two trolls, a tree, and a very responsible squirrel.

Our show is at : Old Schwamb Mill, 17 Mill Lane, Arlington

Saturday, June 4 at 10:30am

Best for ages 5 and up

Tickets $15 family; $5 single (to reserve email [email protected] or call 781-643-0554), outdoors

 

 

The Trolls Are On Their Way

The wheels are still wobbly, but Skimpa wants a test drive.

So happy to have a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council to create “The Trolls and the Tree: An Immersive Theater Piece for Children” with Ann Wynne and Peter Lehman. In the story, two trolls agree to take care of an idyllic fairy garden. But, when there’s not space enough in the garden for their toaster, TV, and lawn chairs next to the tree, guess which item gets moved?

Many friends are designing woodland seat covers for our show! Here are a few. 

Summer Days

Happy to have been performing in parks, preschool yards and gardens! My first in-person show of 2021 was for a 90th birthday party on a sparkling summer evening in Gloucester. By August, the days were more sweat than sparkle and what a relief to go inside for a Puppet Day. But all hail to the battery-operated sound system that makes performing outside so easy!

Puppets in the Park, Saturday, July 17

Cow and his good friend Mouse love to play and picnic — until it’s time to share dessert. Join Margaret for this gentle farm fable at 10am on Saturday, July 17. And please stay after to try out some fun puppets!

Best for ages 3 to 7. All welcome. FREE.
AT: Magnolia  Park, 111 Magnolia Street, East Arlington, MA

 

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Taiwan’s Puppetry in “Puppetry International”

I studied with the wonderful I Wan Jan Puppetry Troupe in Taiwan, and had the chance to tell the story in the Fall 2020 edition of “Puppetry International.” Here’s the article:  PI-48-TaiwanPuppets

Little Stories starring Doggie and Mathilda

Got a minute or 3? I hope you’ll take a look at these short videos featuring Doggie and Mathilda.

Here’s Mathilda’s favorite song:

“My Cousin Kit” and “Watching for Owl” were part of Arlington’s  FOX & OWL TINY FILM & PHOTO FESTIVAL 2020. The shadow puppets were drawn by artist Kari Percival.