HISTORY

WHAT WE DO

THE TEAM AND ASSOCIATED ARTISTS

REVIEWS

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR

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Dream Tale Puppets
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Who We Are

HISTORY

The spark that brought Dream Tale Puppets to life was a series of simple improvisational puppet shows at the Cape Cod Children’s Museum in April 2003. Mary Almeida gave voices to the characters and narrated, while Jacek Zuzanski, using puppets from the Museum and his original creations, animated the story. In the 2003-04 season, we produced nine “Story and Puppet Time” shows to the delight of Museum visitors.  We next cultivated the two most popular stories, “The Three Little Pigs” and “Little Red Riding Hood,” and took them on the road for performances at Cape Cod and Southern Massachusetts libraries, schools, and other cultural venues, adding Rumplestiltskin to the repertoire and Norina Reif to the troupe along the way. Dream Tale Puppets became our official name in 2005, and since that time performers and artists Diane Quaid, Laura Opie and Carol Baldwin joined the troupe for the addition of another original show and expansion into designing and implementing educational programs for children and adults. In February 2015, the theatre initiated cooperation with the Polish Theatre Institute, welcomed Izabella Laskowska as the voice actress for Polish version of "Jack and the Beanstalk", and began performing for children of Polish Suplementary Schools of the northeast coast.

WHAT WE DO

Dream Tale Puppets offers quality original puppetry performances for children and families, and theatrical and educational programs for all ages. The theater is dedicated to the study of both traditional and innovative styles of puppetry, and the richness of theatrical and literary cultures of the world. We examine, research, and experiment to develop the language of theatrical art with a special interest in the relationship between the art of the actor, the art of the puppeteer, and the visual arts. A core interest of the ensemble is the exploration of new approaches to theatre for the enrichment of the communities where we work.

THE TEAM AND ASSOCIATED ARTISTS

Jacek Zuzanski - Dream Tale Puppets founder, director, designer and leading performer earned his MFA from The Ludwik Solski’s State Theatre School, Krakow, Poland, and obtained The Ministry for Art and Culture’s Stage Directing Certificate. He studied at Wroclaw Pantomime Theatre and The Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, and participated in workshops guided by world leading theatre artists, among them the actors of the celebrated Theatre Laboratory of Jerzy Grotowski and Odin Teatret. He is a theatre artist and certified acting teacher with over 30 years experience. Since coming to the US in 2001 to work as a theatre teacher for Island Theater Workshop on Martha’s Vineyard, he has cooperated with numerous schools, art organizations, and libraries, including the Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Cape Cod Conservatory, and Falmouth Academy.

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Mary Almeida - voice actor, has 15 years of experience in early childhood education. She worked as a teacher, Programming Director, and Early Childhood Coordinator at the Cape Cod Children’s Museum, where she co-founded Dream Tale Puppets.

Norina Reif – puppeteer and voice actor, also leads Toddler Story time at Falmouth Library. She is a playgroup coordinator specializing in early childhood development, and is doing graduate work in Expressive Arts at Lesley University. She has performed at Cotuit Center for the Arts and with the Falmouth Theatre Guild. A lifelong passion for puppets and the joy of storytelling brought her to Dream Tale Puppets.

Diane Quaid – actor, apart from working with Dream Tale Puppets, performs in comedy and drama and provides voiceover and narration for stage and film. She was involved with an Off Broadway repertory company before moving to Cape Cod 20 years ago. Companies she performs with on the Cape include Barnstable Comedy Club, Cape Cod Community College, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Eventide Arts, Falmouth Theater Guild, and the Woods Hole Theatre Company. She also does public readings at Cape Cod cultural centers, libraries and churches.

Laura Opie – writer and editor, has applied her writing skills to jobs ranging from newsletters to prospectuses for a NYC investment banker. She has also been involved in school and community theatre since grade school, mostly behind the scenes, and often with children. Her love of writing and addiction to theater has found a happy companionship in her work with Dream Tale Puppets. She recently completed a Master of Education in Integrated Teaching Through the Arts at Lesley University.

Margaret Moody - puppeteer and actor, loves old stories and the characters that inhabit them. She studied traditional Taiwanese puppetry with the I Wan Jan Troupe in Taiwan, and often uses its lively choreography and small puppets in presentations of Chinese and European folktales through Galapagos Puppets. Working with the actors and large puppets of Dream Tales Puppets is an exciting new direction for Margaret.

Robert Bock – actor, has been involved with the Cape Cod area theater scene for 30 years as a performer, director and administrator. He is the former Director/Advisor to the Falmouth High School Drama Club and is a life member of The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild. He studied with Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, MA, and is pleased to have worked with the late Edward Gorey and his puppets.

Izabella Laskowska - actor, broadcaster, journalist and radio host personality, received a MFA in Puppetry Acting from The Ludwik Solski’s State Theatre School, Krakow, Poland in 1982. As a broadcaster she wrote, directed and hosted ongoing popular syndicated radio shows for 17 years. As an actress she performed over 20 leading roles in classical and modern plays part of them in Wroclaw Modern Theatre and Helena Modrzejewska Theatre of Legnica, Poland. She also appeared in more than 36 European and American films. Her work includes voiceover and commercial work in Europe and the US. A New York City resident since 1993, she became the Director of the Polish Theatre Institute in 2014. In 2015 she joined Dream Tale Puppets as a voice actress for Polish versions of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

Mae Cutrona - actor, voiceover artist, stage combatant. Mae received her BA in Theater from Muhlenberg College, during which time she traveled abroad to Italy, where she trained in commedia dell'arte at the Accademia dell'Arte. Mae also studied classical acting with Shakespeare & Company and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. She is an SAFD actor/combatant with certifications in unarmed, single sword, and knife, and experience with rapier and dagger, quarterstaff, and broadsword. Mae is frequently seen on Cape Cod performing in the summer children's show at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.

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REVIEWS

Thank you for a most engaging and energetic performance! Your combination of puppetry, masks and storytelling offered our audience a unique and extremely entertaining experience! The public feedback was excellent! Hope to have you back!
David R. Mello, Supervisor of Children's Services, Fall River Public Library, August 2015

Dream Tale Puppets were wonderful! They put on a thoroughly entertaining performance and introduced the classic tale of 'Jack and the Bean Stalk' to a bunch of mesmerized three year olds. It was a special birthday for my son- thank you Dream Tale Puppets for a great time!
Alison S, Marblehead MA, January 2015

Thank you very much for being a part of our family celebration.  You have managed to bring the joy to both kids and adults alike. It is very rare to have a luxury of such professionalism in the home performance and we are hoping for many happy returns!
Anna and Mikhail Burdman, Hyannis MA, December 2014

(…) Based on the very positive feedback I received from the teachers, I will be happy to share our opinions.
Sheila Lima – Henry T.  WingSchool, Sandwich MA (508) 888-1343, June 2006

I would be happy to speak to anyone about the wonderful program you have to offer!
Donna Noonan – PrincipalMullenHallSchool, Falmouth MA (508)548-0220, May 2006

(…) Thank you for coming. The teachers had evaluation forms to use with their classes and the responses were excellent
Linda Tobey - EastFalmouthElementary School (508)548-1052, May 2006

It was terrific and the children really enjoyed it. I’m glad we were able to schedule Dream Tale Puppets to come to North Falmouth. (…)
Sue Driscoll – NorthFalmouthElementary School (508)563-2334, May 2006

(…) It was wonderful! A six-year-old patron said, “That was the best puppet show I have ever seen!”  The show features over-sized puppets handmade by professional puppeteer, Jacek Zuzanski, of Poland.  He performs the show with either Mary or Norina, and their theatrical presentation is exciting.
Janet Burke - Mashpee Public Library (508) 539-1435, April 2006

 (…) The Children really enjoyed the lively narration and the beautiful puppets. Your skill in making the puppets come to life created a wonderful program.
Margaret Head - Nantucket Atheneum (508)228-1110x104, January 2006

 (…) Your imaginative presentation of the puppet shows was superlative. The puppets, themselves, were so artistically created, and the interplay with the children in the audience was so charming, that we adults who were watching enjoyed it as much as they did. I am sure that your puppet show was the most popular event of the day, and if we ever feel the need for a master puppeteer and his able assistant, then we will call on you.
Maryanne Desmarais – Chase Library Association (508) 432-2610, July 2005

 

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dream Tale Puppets is a growing ensemble of artists and theatre and puppetry enthusiasts. We offer our shows to children and families and we develop projects to share our explorations with new participants. We define who we are every time we work together and every time we meet our audiences or project participants. We believe in the value of asking questions, as children do, and in inquisitive creativity found in children’s play. By emulating the creative improvisations of children’s play, we learn traditional theatrical languages and we create new languages. We cross boundaries between styles, cultures, mediums, and poetics; we venture beyond the boundaries of what we know. We enjoy doubt and a lack of words to express wonderment of what we see and feel. We share the adventure of wandering through lands of enchantment and mystery, humor and whimsy, joy and amazement.  We follow fairy tales and children’s rhymes toward the beginning of every question, and we question characters we meet. We discover ourselves anew everyday and we have a lot of fun, which we joyfully share with our audiences.

 

 

 

 

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