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Badger at the Old Schwamb Mill!


Arlington’s beautiful Old Schwamb Mill reopens on the weekend of September 12-13. I hope you’ll join me for “Badger Meets the Fairies” on Sunday at 2pm. The show is  free, donations welcome.

To see the show via Zoom: Preregistration is not required; here is the link to join the show.
Meeting ID: 899 7252 9386 Passcode: 966075.

Badger is very excited to perform with Peter Lehman on mandolin and Ann Wynne on voice and percussion! Here’s a clip:

Arts Arlington Featured Artist

Every two months Arlington Council on Arts and Culture highlights an artist who’s actively contributing to the Arlington arts scene. In December and January, I’m the featured artist on the Arts Arlington site sponsored by ACAC.

The artist statement was fun to write because it gave room to think about why I perform and what the work is like. Here’s the part that gets to the heart of working on a new show:
My newest show is “Taking Turns,” which features pigs, dogs and bunnies. Sandra and I used needle-felting techniques to make animal puppets. We took big balls of wool and punched them with needles to create little pigs and dogs. I find that their fuzzy surfaces appeal to young children more than the painted faces of our Sculpey puppets.

Although the show opened in August I am still spending many hours each week refining the way I portray the characters. The hardest thing is to slow down, let a puppet “breath” between steps, and wait for the character to form its thoughts before I speak for it. Often, I ask friends to watch and advise. Jacek Zuzanski of Dream Tale Puppets and retired “puppet diva” Suzanne Pemsler have been terrific coaches.

Read the whole statement here:
http://artsarlington.org/grants-and-resources/artlinks-arlington-networking-for-artists/featured-artist/

Saturdays with Puppets is Taking a Break

Saturdays with Puppets brings fun puppet shows for families with children ages 3 to 6 to an Arlington space. Everyone is invited to stay after the show and make a puppet, or play with puppets.

I’m looking forward to setting up the next Saturdays with Puppets series!

Check here for news, or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/margaretmoodypuppets/

Kind Words on GigSalad.com

This month I am a “Top Performer” on GigSalad.com! Part of the rating is that my shows have gotten 5-star reviews from parents and preschool directors on GigSalad. I hope you’ll take a minute to read their comments:

https://www.gigsalad.com/margaret_moody_puppets_boston

Most of my reviews are about birthday parties, which are a lot of fun. Usually I perform a 30-minute show and lead puppet making. My favorite supplies are toilet paper rolls, construction paper and yarn in all colors. Here are some photos of toilet roll puppets on the move, and a  sock puppet who feel asleep guarding her pizza.

Taking Turns preview on September 21

Please join me for a preview show of Taking Turns:

Saturday, September 21 at 10:30 am at Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street. Enter on Maple Street
Come for the show, stay to give advice, play with puppets and have a coffee. Best for ages 4 and up, no admission charge, all welcome.

Thanks!

 

Brand New Puppet Show: Taking Turns

Quiz question:

The ten days before opening a new puppet show feels like:

a) preparing for final exams;

b) getting ready to serve a 6-course dinner;

c) taking care of a very small puppy

If you chose a, b, or c, way to go! Ask the nearest puppet to pat you on the back. Today I opened “Taking Turns,” starring Mathilda and Doggie at Primrose School in Burlington.  The show was two years in the making and it was exciting to bring it to an audience of enthusiastic four year-olds. The bouncy house was very popular. And so was the vibrant music composed and played by Paul Watkins. Here’s a prelude:

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Truth be told, I have never cooked a 6-course dinner. But I should, as a thank you to all the people who helped me with these puppets and the show. Thanks to  Sandra Pastrana (she made the original Mathilda and Doggie!), and Katherine Eberle for help with puppets and sets. I got good advice from folks at the Puppet Showplace Hatchery, and from the friendly, talented staff at Playtime in Arlington.  Kak Madden, Maggie Whalen, Afaf, Bashir, Franny and Charles, thanks for watching the show in its painful beginning.

Why is creating a new show like taking care of a puppy? At the end of every day you have a big mess — and sometimes cute things, too.

Puppets in Their Lairs

In workshops with children at the Foxborough Universalist Church, we made puppets that connected to two UU principles: the worth of the individual, and how we accept and learn from each other.

In four Sundays at Foxborough, I met puppets with fierce powers, puppets with fiercer powers, cats, happy and sad puppets. IMG_2584IMG_2585

I visited the puppets in their lairs. Unicorns live in the clouds, but near their pizza.IMG_2706

Penguins are happy in icy waters.IMG_2702

And pigs love snacks.IMG_2705

“Monkey Makes Mischief in Heaven” — and at the Puppet Showplace

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Should you ask a monkey to take care of your heavenly peach garden? The Monkey King is thrilled to have a job in the heavens, but doesn’t play by the rules. Please join me for a tale of monkey trouble, performed with the Bu Dai Xi puppets and choreography I studied with Taiwan’s wonderful I Wan Traditional Puppet Troupe.

I’ll perform “Monkey Makes Mischief in Heaven” at the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, Massachusetts from Thursday to Sunday, November 15 to 18. Best for ages four and up.

More information: puppetshowplace.org

 

Meet the Fairies at Fairyland Pond!

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I hope you’ll join me and musicians Ann Wynne and Peter Lehman for Badger Meets the Fairies at Fairyland Pond in Concord. We’ll perform at the opening of this year’s Art Ramble,  The Umbrella’s art exhibit in the woods.  Meet the fairies, sing with them, make a playground structure from twigs and leaves. . . and see a forest full of nature-inspired art.  All ages are welcome and admission to the Ramble is free.

Sunday, September 16, 2:30 at the benches near Fairyland Pond, Hapgood-Wright Town Forest, intersection of Walden & Thoreau Streets, Concord. Followed by a reception for the Ramble.

Meet the musicians:

Ann Wynne sings with the Mystic Chorale and with her class of 5- year-olds at Great Expectations in Arlington. She also draws, paints and builds with students in her home studio, A Room for Art.

Peter Lehman plays plucked string instruments, including lute, mandolin and sometimes guitar. He also sings high and lonesome. Peter directs an unusual fusion band — the Foggy Mountain Consort, dedicated to performing musical genres from the Renaissance to blue grass.