All posts by Margaret Moody

Honor the Year of the Snake — Snow date show!

MONKEY AND THE MYSTERY OF THE SNAKE

Saturday, June 1 at 11 am
Arlington Center for the Arts


Someone keeps sneaking into the Banquet Hall and gobbling up decorations meant to honor the Year of the Snake. Could it be the mysterious Snake King? Or a cranky monkey who wishes the banquet were in his honor?
We missed the chance to welcome the Year of the Snake because of a big snowstorm in February. Come honor it now with Margaret Moody of Galapagos Puppets! Stay after the show for oolong tea and puppet-play.
Please note the NEW TIME for this show: 11 am 
For directions: www.acarts.org/directions.php
Hope to see you there!

Margaret

Visit “The Kingdom of Riddles” with Sparky’s Puppets on April 6

“The Kingdom of Riddles” by Sparky’s Puppets
Saturday, April 6 at 2 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts theater
41 Foster Street, Arlington

Join the fun as Sparky’s
Puppets perform “The Kingdom of
Riddles”
at the Arlington Center for the Arts. In this show, a king asks a
knight to capture a unicorn for his queen.  
In his quest, the knight will need the audience to help solve riddles
posed by those he meets along the way — a jester, a witch and a dragon.

Sparky Davis has been dramatizing
favorite children’s stories for schools, libraries and festivals throughout New
England for over 30 years.  Each of her
shows features colorful hand puppets, lively humor and plenty of audience
participation.

Come laugh with “The Kingdom of Riddles”; stay to enjoy puppet-making and some lemonade!

Tickets $6 at the door, cash only
May be reserved by e-mailing Margaret at [email protected] or calling 781-643-1228.

Puppets at ACA is supported by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency of the Massachusetts Arts Council, a state agency.

Mr. Badger and Blossom, a fairy

Badger Meets the Fairies

Saturday, March 9 at 2 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts theater
41 Foster Street, Arlington
Tickets $6 at the door
may be reserved by e-mailing 
or calling 781-643-1228



Gentle Mr. Badger is thrilled to meet a fairy in his garden and flies off to help the fairies build a playground. Join Margaret Moody for this spring story based on European fairy lore. 
Puppets and sets were designed and built by visual artist Sandra Pastrana and
Margaret Moody. Alison Plante of Berklee School of Music
composed original music for the piece, based on Celtic melodies.

Please stay for coffee and puppet-play afterward!

AND, coming in April:


“Kingdom of Riddles”
Guest artist Sparky’s Puppets

Saturday, April 6 at 2 pm

Help the knight answer riddles and capture a unicorn for his queen. Animal riddles, food riddles, and many more!
Sparky’s Puppets have delighted audiences all over New England for more than 30 years. Join Sparky for this funny, lively family show.

FEBRUARY 9th SHOW SNOWED OUT!

Sorry to cancel this Saturday’s “Monkey and the Mystery of the Snake” show at Arlington Center for the Arts! It sounds like Boston (and Arlington) will have so much snow that people won’t be able to travel safely. So, hope you are home safe and warm, and not having to shovel too much!

Margaret

Monkey and the Mystery of the Snake
Saturday, February 9, 2 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts theater
41 Foster Street, Arlington
Tickets $6, at the door
Tickets can be reserved by e-mail to [email protected], or call Margaret at 781-643-1228

Snakes are charming and mysterious, so it’s no wonder that banquet preparations for the Year of the Snake have mysterious problems. Someone keeps sneaking in and eating the foods, and the decorations. Is it the Snake King? Or a cranky Monkey who wishes the banquet were for him? Join Margaret Moody of Galapagos Puppets for this lively episode of Journey to the West, told with traditional Taiwanese hand puppets and choreography.
Please stay and make a simple Chinese Zodiac puppet afterward. Try a little oo-long tea, too!

This program is supported in part by a grant form the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

“Trolls in the Kitchen” at Arlington Center for the Arts

“Trolls in the Kitchen” at Arlington Center for the Arts
Saturday, January 12 at 2 pm
Join Margaret Moody of Galapagos Puppets for this gentle Swedish tale told with original hand puppets.

Arlington Center for the Arts theater
41 Foster Street
Arlington, MA
Directions: acarts.org/directions.php

Please stay for coffee and puppet-play after the show. Tickets are $6, available at the door. To reserve tickets: E-mail Margaret at [email protected] or call her at 781-643-1228.


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Dream Tale Puppets on December 2!

“Rumpelstiltskin” opens this winter’s Puppets at Arlington Center for the Arts.

Sunday, December 2 at 2 p.m.
Dream Tale Puppets spins a lively tale of gold and guessing games with rod puppets and playful antics. Puppeteers Jacek Zuzanski and Norina Reif bring a wealth of experience with theater and with children to their performance. Learn more about them at Dream Tale Puppets.

Arlington Center for the Arts theater

41 Foster Street
Arlington, MA 

Please stay for coffee and puppet-play after the show.
Tickets are $6, available at the door.
To reserve tickets: E-mail Margaret at [email protected], or call her at 781-643-1228, by November 30th. She can hold up to 20 tickets.

More wonderful shows this winter:
January 12: “Trolls in the Kitchen” from Galapagos Puppets.
February 9: “Monkey Wreaks Havoc in Heaven,” Galapagos Puppets.
March 9: “Badger Meets the Fairies,” Galapagos Puppets.
AND April 6: “The Kingdom of Riddles” with Sparky’s Puppets!

Getting ready for the Puppet Homecoming

Puppeteers from North Carolina to Maine will gather at the Puppet Homecoming in Rhinebeck, New York from September 7 to 9. I’m looking forward to shows by Deborah Costine and Nappy’s Puppets, and more. See Puppet Homecoming if you’d like to know more.

I’ll lead a workshop on Chinese hand puppet techniques on Sunday morning, September 9th. Monkey King (photo above) will be there, along with clown, lady, and scholar puppets. In the workshop, I’ll show the basic movements and let people try them out. That’s why I have lots of canvas bits and paper clay heads in my studio. I’m making puppets for people to learn with, that aren’t used in my shows.

Moon Stories, Summer 2012

There was a man lived in the moon, lived in the moon . . . and his name was Achin’ Drum.


Join Margaret Moody for stories and songs about the moon, told with simple shadows. Wish the moon a happy birthday and bid it goodnight as we enjoy stories from Frank Asch and Margaret Wise Brown, among others.

Children 3 to 6 and their families will especially enjoy this gentle program, which lasts 35 minutes.

“The Trolls and the Tree”, March 3rd at Arlington Center for the Arts

Trolls Skimpa and Blompa want to take good care of the fairies’ garden while the fairies are away. But it’s hard to fit their television, toaster and furniture without moving the big tree. Can the trolls learn to go green?
Please join Margaret for a lively show at Arlington Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 3rd at 2 pm. It’s the last show in this year’s Puppets at ACA series. We hope you’ll stay for puppet-making, puppet-play, and coffee afterwards.
Tickets are $5 at the door. I can take reservations via e-mail to [email protected]
Thanks,
Margaret