In the spirit of imaginative whalers who held “gams” on the high seas to share their tales of fantasy and adventure, Dream Tale Puppets will bring five puppet troupes to delight families with rollicking puppet shows. Join us on Tuesdays from July 7 to August 4 at 4pm at John Wesley United Methodist Church, Gifford Street & Jones Road in Falmouth.
Tickets are $8, available at the door on the day of the show.
Please join our Gam!
July 7, 4pm
BADGER MEETS THE FAIRIES
by Margaret Moody Puppets of Arlington
Mr. Badger is thrilled to meet Blossom, a flower fairy, in the garden. He flies away with her to help the fairies build a playground. And then it gets complicated: the fairies won’t use cement, and Mr. Badger wants to learn to fly. Join Margaret Moody for a gentle tale based on European fairy lore. “Badger Meets the Fairies” is best for ages 4 to 10, and lasts 40 minutes.
Margaret Moody has enjoyed performing folk and fantasy stories on the East Coast with Galapagos Puppets since 1987. Much of Margaret’s puppet work incorporates the small puppets and acrobatic movements of traditional Taiwanese puppetry, which she studied in Taiwan. In addition to her work with Galapagos Puppets, Margaret studies and works with Jacek Zuzanski of Dream Tale Puppets. She lives in Arlington, MA.
July 14, 4pm
GOLDILOCKS & THE THREE BEARS
by Wonderspark Puppets of New York
Goldilocks is a naughty little girl who does anything she wants – but what will happen when she breaks into the Three Bears’ house? Lots of laughter and sing-a-longs! The well-known story about one girl, three bears, finding friends and learning responsibility. Goldilocks & The Three Bears uses tabletop puppets on a special show table that WonderSpark provides. The show is 30-35 minutes long and is appropriate for ages 2-6.
Founded by husband and wife team Chad Williams and Lindsey “Z.” Briggs, WonderSpark Puppets infuse fun and whimsy into all their performances. WonderSpark is happy to perform puppet shows for kids and adults alike, traveling from their home base in Astoria, New York.
July 21, 4pm
ONCE UPON A TIME
by Behind the Mask Studio and Theatre of Somerville
Enjoy magical stories from the Brothers Grimm, and Italo Calvino performed by actors in stunning hand-made masks. Hark to the Hobgoblin, laugh with Arlecchino, and be enchanted with tales of hero’s quests and true love lost and found. The show is suitable for ages 4 and up.
Behind the Mask Studio was founded by Eric Bornstein in 1990 and specializes in mask theater, arts education, custom-made masks and costumes. The company has worked with a wide variety of artists, performance groups and institutions, including the Boston Ballet, Boston Children’s Museum and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
July 28, 4pm
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
by Dream Tale Puppets of Falmouth
Join Dream Tale Puppets for a joyous romp through the classic tale of poor Jack, the cow and the magic beans. Jack, his mother and their cow come to life through Jacek Zuzanski’s comical movements and Robert Bock’s lively voice accompaniment. Twirling green flags transform a simple table into a magical beanstalk large enough for a giant, played by Jacek in a friendly giant mask. Jack’s daring adventure up the beanstalk delights children, their families and, ultimately, his mother. Best for ages 3 to 10.
August 4, 4pm
A WOODLAND CINDERELLA
by Deborah Costine Nature Puppets of Southborough
In this new version of the classic story, Cinderella is a fairy who lives with her stepmother and stepsister in an enormous old tree in the forest. The King of all woodland fairies wants his son to marry a fairy princess, but none can be found. The Prince is looking for someone who is kind and good. The mean stepsister is sure that having the most “stuff” makes her the best. So the King hosts a great ball and commands that every single fairy maiden in the land must attend. He is hoping that a fairy princess will come, and he knows the secret to identifying a true fairy princess!
Deborah is an artist, author, naturalist and puppeteer who has been presenting school and public performances throughout New England for over thirty years. She is a winner of the U.N.I.M.A. USA Citation for Excellence and a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation, for the production of her original show: “Turtle’s New Home.”
The “Cape Cod Puppet Gam” is presented with the generous support of John Wesley United Methodist Church, the Cape Cod Children’s Museum, and friends of Dream Tale Puppets. Also, the series is supported in part by a grant from Falmouth Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.