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Upcoming Public Shows

Come see a puppet show this fall! These are open to the public and many are outside.

Cow and Mouse’s Picnic, September 24, 10:30am at Lexington Community Farm (tickets sold onsite -$5 individual; $15 family)

Monkey Makes Mischief in Heaven, Harvest Festival at Bourne Society for Historic Preservation, October 1, 11am and 12:30pm . Free.

Badger Meets the Fairies, Puppet Showplace Theater, October 14 (11am & 1pm) and 15 (10:30am & 1pm), indoor

The Trolls and the Tree (with Ann Wynne as Squirrel and Peter Lehman on lute)  October 22, 10:30am, Lexington Community Farm (tickets sold onsite -$5 individual; $15 family)

“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

 

Continue reading Puppets in the Park, Saturday, July 17

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.

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:

Gotta Get Ready for Bubblefest!

Skimpa and Blompa, my favorite trolls, are practicing for Bubblefest — a socially distanced 2020 rendition of Arlington Porchfest, happening on June 7. Want more information? www.arlingtonporchfest.org

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/