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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!

Getting ready for the Puppet Homecoming

Puppeteers from North Carolina to Maine will gather at the Puppet Homecoming in Rhinebeck, New York from September 7 to 9. I’m looking forward to shows by Deborah Costine and Nappy’s Puppets, and more. See Puppet Homecoming if you’d like to know more.

I’ll lead a workshop on Chinese hand puppet techniques on Sunday morning, September 9th. Monkey King (photo above) will be there, along with clown, lady, and scholar puppets. In the workshop, I’ll show the basic movements and let people try them out. That’s why I have lots of canvas bits and paper clay heads in my studio. I’m making puppets for people to learn with, that aren’t used in my shows.

Moon Stories, Summer 2012

There was a man lived in the moon, lived in the moon . . . and his name was Achin’ Drum.


Join Margaret Moody for stories and songs about the moon, told with simple shadows. Wish the moon a happy birthday and bid it goodnight as we enjoy stories from Frank Asch and Margaret Wise Brown, among others.

Children 3 to 6 and their families will especially enjoy this gentle program, which lasts 35 minutes.

“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]
Thanks,
Margaret 

“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
(acarts.org/directions.php)
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 www.peabody.harvard.edu/calendar.
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: puppetshowplace.org.
 — 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.