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Catskill Puppet Theater

Catskill Puppet Theater presents original, delightful musical productions on a variety of themes that feature full sets, colorful scenery and large, exquisitely crafted puppets. Enchanting folk tales that teach lessons with a wonderful blend of humor, mystery, drama and magical effects include: Sister Rain and Brother Sun,  Hiawatha,  The Willow Girl, Ivan and the Icewolf and the newest production, Lion Whiskers, an Ethiopian folktale. John Potocnik and Carol Mandigo; Grades K-6; $1165/$1560

Carol Mandigo 607.435.1128

 

 


Circus Minimus

The One-Man Circus-in-a-Suitcase delights and inspires assembly audiences to practice compassion and follow their dreams. An entire cast of circus performers emerge from a small suitcase but the most important characters come from the audience, as chosen members become part of the action. Each show is a dialogue between the audience and the characters, a lighthearted col­laboration that allows the entire school to run away and join the circus and still be back in time for lunch. The show comes with a curriculum guide for teachers to integrate the circus back into the classroom. Kevin O'Keefe; Grades K-8; $800/$1300

Kevin O'Keefe 212.874.3976

 



Mask Man 

Mask Man is a world of nearly twenty masked characters that perform a series of vignettes ranging from bizarrely comic to surprisingly poignant. Half-masked characters speak and educate; full-masked characters remain silent while speaking volumes about our lives, transforming before our eyes and creating illusions that “ ..tickle some sort of primal funny bone". The show's focus on body language, physical comedy and direct participation affects audiences viscerally in ways that go straight to the heart and sneak up on the brain. Students learn about masks used in cultures worldwide while addressing the concept of the 'masks' we all wear daily giving us a new perspective on how we present ourselves to the world and how we perceive others. Proudly presented by Tim Latta and Lattawork, educating through the arts for over thirty years! Tim Latta; Grades K-12; $800/$1300

Tim Latta 860.355.8180                                                                                        

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Motion 360

In Motion 360, Tim Latta (Lattawork, Pilobolus, Momix, Faustwork) combines his history in dance, theater and circus to present a powerfully entertaining show that teaches us how to think creatively, be more tolerant and look at our world, ourselves and each other with new eyes. Using stilts, masks, rollerblades and found objects, he demonstrates how we can, literally, stumble over everyday objects to unlock our creativity and develop problem-solving skills allowing us to discover the stories and potential within us all. Motion 360 will leave audiences saying, "I can!" Tim Latta; Grades K-12; $750/$1250

Tim Latta 860.355.8180                         

 


Tanglewood Marionettes

Founded in 1993, Tanglewood Marionettes is a nationally touring marionette theater based in New England. Large, beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, colorful sets, and integrated lighting and sound create a fully immersive theatrical experience. Their highly skilled puppeteers have spent many years perfecting their art, delighting audiences of all ages as they bring a repertoire of classic tales to life. They are the recipients of two UNIMA awards, puppetry's highest honor, for their productions An Arabian Adventure and The Dragon King. Other offerings include Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Perseus and Medusa, The Fairy Circus, and Sleeping Beauty. Anne Schaefer/Tanglewood Marionettes; Grades K-8; $975/$1525

Anne Schaefer 413.277.9514

 



Trent Arterberry

Trent Arterberry is an award-winning performing artist whose unique style of physical theatre variously combines masterful mime, poignant monologue, comedic characters and dramatic narratives. Think Bigg (K-6) blends mime, storytelling and lots of audience participation to create a series of kid-friendly stories and characters with thoughtful lessons about non-verbal communication. The Secret Life of Walter Manny (K-6) is the story of a young hero-in-training with an overactive imagination that gets him in—and out of—trouble. The show contains themes of self-control and respect for others. My Impractical Life (6-12) is the semi-autobiographical story of how Trent became an artist. Addressing career goals, it contains powerful messages for students about finding and pursuing one’s passion in the face of adversity. Trent Arterberry; Grades K-6, 6-12; $695/$995

Trent Arterberry 888.642.2788