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Getting Ready for Puppets at ACA

Puppet at ACA Opens November 16th!

It’s fun to pretend you’re an animal, snorting like a pig when you finish a cookie, or wearing a furry hat to keep off the Boston chill. Join me at Arlington Center for the Arts on November 16th at 2 pm for “The Trolls and the Tree,” a green-themed story with a feisty squirrel, fleet-winged birds, and some rowdy trolls, too.  
Arlington Center for the Arts theater
41 Foster Street, Arlington
Tickets $7; 3 for $20, at the door. 
Can be reserved by e-mail to [email protected]


And our line-up for December to March has lots of fun with lots of animals:

“Jack and the Beanstalk” by Dream Tale Puppets
Saturday, December 7 at 2 pm

“Mathilda’s Bath” and “Cow and Mouse’s Picnic” by Galapagos Puppets
Saturday, January 11, 2 pm

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

“The Carrot Salesman” by Brad Shur of Puppet Showplace Theater
Saturday, March 15 at 11 am and 2 pm

Summer shows, summer chairs

Come see a Galapagos show this week:

“Badger Meets the Fairies” at Winchester Library, Tuesday, July 23 at 3:30

“Badger Meets the Fairies” in Stanley Park, Westfield, MA, July 26th at 10:00 am

and a collaboration with Jacek Zuzanski of DreamTales Puppets , a wonderful puppeteer and director — I’ll make the voices for Jack, the Giant, Giant’s wife and other silly characters in “Jack and the Beanstalk” at the Boylston Public Library on July 27th at 11:30 am. 

Chairs? Come see “Chairful Where You Sit,” Arlington’s public art exhibit. My daughter Frances and her friends and I made a “Magnolia Park Bench” complete with swings, a slide, a community garden, and worried parents. 
Come see our bench at Mass. Ave and Pleasant St., from July 21 to 28!
more: Chairful Where You Sit blog

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.

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!