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“Stories from Snowy Lands” on January 10th

“Stories from Snowy Lands” by Sparky’s Puppets

Saturday, January 10th at 11am & 2pm
Arlington Center for the Arts
Tickets $7; 3 for $20, cash at the door
(may be reserved by emailing [email protected] or calling Margaret at (781) 643-1228

The warmest way to spend a January Saturday is with Sparky’s Puppets. Watch a snowman come to life, then giggle at the antics of an ice-fishing bear in “Stories from Snowy Lands.” Sparky’s gentle humor appeals to children as young as 3 and keeps their parents and grandchildren laughing too. Come for the show; stay for puppet-play and coffee.
Sparky Davis has been performing favorite children’s stories for schools, libraries and festivals throughout New England for more than 30 years. Each of her shows features colorful hand puppets and plenty of audience participation.

“Stories from Snowy Lands” is the third show of this winter’s Saturdays with Puppets series of fine puppetry for families at Arlington Center for the Arts. Still to come:
“Monkey Makes Mischief in Heaven” by Galapagos Puppets
Saturday, February 14 at 2pm
“Cow and Mouse’s Picnic” and “Mathilda’s Bath” by Galapagos Puppets
Saturday, March 14 at 2pm

Come meet Badger on December 6th

“Badger Meets the Fairies” by Galapagos Puppets
Saturday, December 6 at 2pm
Arlington Center for the Arts
41 Foster Street
Tickets $7; 3 for $20, cash at the door
Mr. Badger flies off to help the fairies with a project in their garden. Can he stay and learn to fly? Join Margaret Moody for a hand puppet show based on European fairy lore. Original puppets and sets built by Sandra Pastrana and Margaret; lilting music by Alison Plante. Best for ages 4 and up.
We hope you’ll stay after the show to create your own fairy!

Want to reserve a ticket? please email [email protected] or call Margaret at (781) 643-1228.

“Saturdays with Puppets” continues on December 6

“Badger Meets the Fairies” by Margaret Moody of Galapagos Puppets

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 2pm
Arlington Center for the Arts theater
41 Foster Street

Tickets $7; 3 for $20, cash or check at the door
may be reserved by e-mailing [email protected] or calling 781 643-1228


Mr. Badger is thrilled to meet Blossom, a flower fairy, in the garden. He flies away with her to help the fairies build a playground. But then it’s complicated: the fairies won’t use cement; and Mr. Badger wants to learn to fly. Join Margaret Moody for a gentle tale based on European fairy lore. Best for ages four and up.

“Badger Meets the Fairies” features puppets and sets built by Sandra Pastrana and Margaret Moody and a music score created by Alison Plante of Berklee College of Music.

Please stay after the show for puppet-play — and coffee for grown-up friends.

NOTE: there will be ONE SHOW on December 6th, at 2pm.

“Cow and Mouse’s Picnic” and Mathilda’s Bath”

“For I’ll be there, puttin’ down my tophat, mussin’ up my shirtfront. . . “
(“Tophat” by Irving Berlin)
“Cow and Mouse’s Picnic” and “Mathilda’s Bath”
by Margaret Moody of Galapagos Puppets

Saturday, January 11, 2pm
Arlington Center for the Arts
41 Foster Street, Arlington

Can Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and a tap-dancing Grandpa convince Mathilda to take a bath? And can an undersea adventure teach Cow to share? Margaret Moody answers these questions and more in “Mathilda’s Bath,” based on a Mrs. Piggle Wiggle story by Betty MacDonald and in “Cow and Mouse’s Picnic,” a funny farm fable.
Tickets $7; 3 for $20; can be reserved by e-mailing [email protected]
Come for the show; stay for coffee and puppet-play afterward. Hope to see you there!
Still to come in this winter’s “Puppets at Arlington Center for the Arts”:

“Monkey and the Year of the Horse” by Galapagos Puppets
Saturday, February 8 at 2 pm

“The Carrot Salesman” by Brad Shur of Puppet Showplace Theater

Saturday, March 15 at 11 am and 2 pm

“Cow and Mouse’s Picnic” and “Mathilda’s Bath” 1/11 at 2 p.m.

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
“Cow and Mouse’s Picnic”
and “Mathilda’s Bath”
Saturday, January 11 at 2 p.m.
Arlington Center for the Arts theater
41 Foster Street, Arlington

To share or not to share? That’s a tough question for Cow
and Mouse in Galapagos Puppets’ funny farm fable, “Cow and Mouse’s Picnic.” And, in “Mathilda’s Bath,” Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and Mathilda answer the tough
question of whether or not to take a bath. Margaret Moody of Galapagos Puppets
brings the stories to the small stage with lots of animals and barnyard humor.
Best for families with children ages three and up.

Come for the show; stay for coffee and puppet-play
afterwards.
Tickets $7; 3 for $20, at the door or may be reserved by
e-mailing [email protected]

Jack and the Beanstalk by Dream Tale Puppets 12/7

Jacek Zuzanski, Jack, the cow and the peddler

Jack and the Beanstalk by Dream Tale Puppets

Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m.
Arlington Center for the Arts
41 Foster Street

Join Dream Tale Puppets for a joyous romp through the classic
tale of poor Jack, the cow and the magic beans. Dream Tale Puppets director
Jacek Zuzanski creates the story with physical comedy, hand puppets, masks and
a marionette. Margaret Moody of Galapagos Puppets provides narration and voices
for the production.
Tickets $7; 3 for $20, at the door or may be reserved by
e-mailing [email protected].
Please stay for coffee and puppet-play afterwards. Best for
ages four and up.
TAKE a trolley to the Beanstalk! Since December 7 is Arlington’s “First Lights” celebration, you can hop on a free trolley anywhere on Mass. Ave from 12 to 5 p.m., hear carolers, see lights and hop off at the Arlington Center for the Arts!

 

A Fairy Garden Celebration at Eric Carle Picture Book Art Museum, June 8th

Meet all kinds of fairies through picture book art on Saturday, June 8th at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. Children will make apple-head fairies and fairy houses, and see my performance of “Badger Meets the Fairies” at 11:30 and 2:00.

More:
http://www.carlemuseum.org/Programs_Events/Upcoming/A_Fairy_Garden_Celebration

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.