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“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].

“Cow and Mouse” and “Mathilda’s Bath” at ACA

Please join me for the February show of “Puppets at Arlington Center for the Arts”.  I’ll perform two short shows especially for children ages 3 and up.

In “Cow and Mouse’s Picnic”, two friends enjoy lunch together, but can’t stand to share dessert.
“Mathilda’s Bath” is an adaptation of the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle story about the girl who doesn’t like to take baths — “The Radish Cure”.  It was my favorite Mrs. Piggle Wiggle story growing up.
As always, please stay after the show to talk, play with puppets, and have some coffee or tea.

“Cow and Mouse’s Picnic” and “Mathilda’s Bath”
Saturday, February 4, 2 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts theater
Tickets $5, at the door, or e-mail [email protected]

Welcoming the Year of the Dragon

Eric Bornstein of Behind the Mask Theater and I are having a lot of fun working on a show together. We will be at the Peabody Museum on January 21st at 2pm. Hope you have a chance to take a look at the videos the folks at the Peabody put together:
Laughing Buddha (Eric Bornstein)
Monkey King (Margaret Moody)
The Peabody calendar is at
I’ll be at the Puppet Showplace in Brookline Village on Wednesday and Thursday morning, January 18 and 19, at 10:30 am. For more about the theater, which produces all kinds of interesting puppet shows:
 — Margaret

Trolls in the Kitchen, January 7th

Our Arlington Center for the Arts puppet series continues on January 7th at 2 pm with “Trolls in the Kitchen”, a Swedish tale. When the helpful tomte in Trinka’s kitchen move out, raucous trolls move in. Please join us for the show, and stay for coffee and puppet-play afterwards. Tickets $5 at the door or by e-mailing me at [email protected].

Thanks to all who came out for Maggie Whalen’s charming performance of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears on Decembe 10th.

Goldilocks opens the Arlington series. . . and the bears’ house

The porridge is too hot, so the bears go for a walk. Plucky Goldilocks walks right into their house, forgetting her manners altogether.

Please join Maggie Whalen of Magpie Puppets as she opens a lovely and lively new version of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” She’ll perform it as a “tabletop” show, so that she is on-stage with her hand-made puppets. Maggie’s website tells more:
The show will be on Saturday, December 10th at 2 pm, the first in the Arlington Center for the Arts series this winter. Tickets are $5, and I can hold a limited number if you e-mail [email protected] before Friday, December 9th. Please come for the show and stay for coffee and puppet-play afterwards. Parking onsite. Directions:

Almost spring!

Soon we’ll be able to dig in the warm earth and see beautiful flowers. (I believe it, really!) My puppets are starting early. Please join us for “Badger Meets the Fairies” on Saturday, March 12th at 2 pm at:

Arlington Center for the Arts theater
41 Foster Street
Arlington 02474
And please stay afterwards to make simple puppets from paper and cardboard, play with puppets, and enjoy some coffee or tea.
Tickets are $5, available at the door beginning at 1:30. We’ll also hold up to twenty tickets (total) if you e-mail me at [email protected] by Friday, March 11th.

Please come welcome the Year of the Rabbit at Arlington Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 12th. I will perform “Monkey Wreaks Havoc in Heaven”, an episode of the Chinese epic Journey to the West. The magical monkey flies to the Heavens and takes a job in the Jade Emperor’s peach garden. But when the monkey is snubbed by other gods and goddesses, he sneaks into a banquet hall and eats the preparation for the New Year’s celebration. And that’s just the beginning of the trouble.

The show starts at 2 pm at the ACA theater, 41 Foster Street, in Arlington. (directions: Tickets are $5. Please come for the show and stay for coffee and puppet play afterwards.
We can save up to 20 tickets in advance. If you would like to have tickets saved for you, please e-mail [email protected] before Friday, February 11th. We’ll save the tickets until 2:45 on the day of the show.

trolls on puppet TV

I worked on “The Trolls and the Tree” in the hottest part of this summer. The show opened August 13th at the West End Branch Library in Boston. For three weeks before that, I kept the stage up in my living room because my upstairs studio was too hot. I got more work done, too, because the stage was always right there, begging for attention.

In “The Trolls and the Tree”, trolls Skimpa and Blompa garden-sit for woodland fairies for a week. They move their TV in and watch a shopping show. Will Adams-Keane, a college student of many talents, filmed a nice little shopping episode, edited it, and added music. See the result on this page. Audiences and the trolls see the video through a digital photo frame, mounted on the stage. For the first show, Will and I pieced together bird and car sound effects and terrific fairy music from Alison Plante. Then, in September, Alison and I had time to work on a more complete sound track. Now the show has original, evocative music from Alison, a video segment, and a toaster that makes troll toast.
Puppetry events in Boston this fall include the “Incubator” at the Puppet Showplace in Brookline. Every other Tuesday puppeteers meet to advise and inspire each other. Schedule:
Also, renowned puppet artist Basil Twist will present “Petruschka” Nov. 11 to 21 through Arts Emerson and Celebrity Series. see

going green, slowly

From Margaret:
After a busy fall and winter, I have studio time again. It seems like every puppet needs fixing! This cat is getting improved eyes and whiskers.

And slowly, I am working on a show called “The Trolls and the Tree.” In it, Swedish trolls Blompa and Skimpa agree to take care of the fairies’ garden while the fairies are away. But they don’t take care of it. They bring in their satellite dish, and pull up a tree that they think takes up too much space. Without the tree, there are no birds, and it’s really hot in the garden. Can the trolls bring the tree back? What will the fairies do? Can trolls go green?
April 24th was the National Day of Puppetry. With 12 other members of the Boston Area Guild of Puppetry, I went on a puppet parade through downtown Boston. We took our puppets on the T from Brookline to the Children’s Museum, and then back on the T to the Common and the Public Garden. Our puppets met a lot of people! If you love puppets, please check out the Guild:
Madeleine, who represents Galapagos Puppets in New Jersey, has just performed “Esther’s Story”, made from diaries her aunt kept in Germany during the Holocaust. And now she is in the middle of finals in graduate school.

Spring Show at Arlington Center for the Arts

Welcome spring with a trip to the fairies’ blooming garden. Margaret will perform “Badger Meets the Fairies” on March 21st at 2 pm, Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster Street, Arlington MA. Tickets are $5. Please stay for puppet-play and coffee after the show.