Thistle Theatre presents: Baba Yaga and the Bag of Gold
Baba Yaga, the infamous witch who flies around in a mortar and pestle, steals a bag of gold from Vasilisa and her younger brother, Ivan. The brave, but foolish, Ivan sets off to recover the family treasure and literally finds himself in hot water. A fascinating assortment of characters, including Baba Yaga’s cat, a rabbit and a family of mice complete the cast of characters in this Slavic tale. Black light scenes of a hut that walks on chicken legs and a dancing fence of skulls and bones are featured in the production using tabletop Bunraku-style of puppetry.
Jean Enticknap who created and directs the production, wrote the story in the style of the wonder tale genre in which a character is given some form of magic to help them with their quest. Puppeteers Ben Burris, Zane Exactly and Gina Wilhelm bring the story to life. A musical score, created by Michael Flint, accompanies the story. The production is funded in part by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund.
Thistle Theatre specializes in the Bunraku-style of puppetry, an ancient Japanese art form. Although the style has been modified for modern audiences and performers, the basic idea remains the same: puppeteers who dress entirely in black to symbolize their invisibility operate the puppets.
Performance Schedule and Ticket Information:
Magnuson Park Theatre
7110 62nd Ave NE Bld 47, Seattle, WA 98115
October 25, 26 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)
Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
November 1, 2 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)
All individual tickets are $10 or purchase a 2014-2015 Season Ticket for $30 and see Baba Yaga plus three more shows including Gingerbread Boy, Momotaro (Peach Boy), and Little Red Riding Hood.
For more information contact us at (206) 524-3388 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit:
Baba Yaga, the infamous witch who flies around in a mortar and pestle, steals a bag of gold from a family. The foolish Ivan sneaks off to recover the gold and is captured by Baba Yaga. His older sister, Vasilisa, goes to his rescue aided by animal friends and a little magic!
It is that time of year when the Northwest Puppet Center kicks off a new season filled with shows.
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Individual tickets are also available and the season line-up is as follows:
The Green Bird
By Oregon Shadow Theatre
Playing Nov. 1- 23, 2014
Little Red Riding Bug
By Parasol Puppets
Playing Dec. 6-21, 2014
The Dinosaur Show
By Paul Mesner Puppets
Playing Jan. 31-Feb. 15, 2015
By Grey Seal Puppets
Playing March 21-29, 2015
What The Moon Saw
Playing May 2-17, 2015
Showtimes: Saturdays 1pm & 3pm, Sundays 1pm & 3pm
Thanks and hope to see you at the shows.
Carter Family Marionettes
Northwest Puppet Center
9123 – 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115
tel: 206 523 2579
ECA Family Series: Hobey Ford’s Migration
Saturday, October 11, 2014 2:00 PM
Internationally-renowned puppeteer Hobey Ford explores the wonders of migration through the story of a Mexican girl named Beatriz and her own migration to the United States. The story of Beatriz’s journey is juxtaposed with the stories of other animals that migrate: Monarch butterflies, polar bears, the godwit bird and the sperm whale. Migration is a special co-presentation between ECA and the Black Box Theatre, and will take place at Edmonds Community College.
VOX FABULI PUPPETS AND KENDRA & MICHAEL HAYES PRESENT
STORIES FOR BAD CHILDREN CHAPTER 2
What: Stories for Bad Children – Chapter 2
When: October 24, 25, 31 & Nov 1 – 8pm
Where: Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*Not intended for actual children. Recommended for patrons 15 years old and up.
“Favorite fairy tales twisted into something new and magical” – City Arts
Once upon a time there was a child who didn’t want to go to bed. So they would ask for another glass of water, or just need to finish this one book, or even brush their teeth twice…anything to keep their parents from turning out the light. Now, their parents thought they were just being naughty, but there was more to it than that. Because the child knew that after the lights went out, that was when the nightmares came…
Vox Fabuli Puppets and Kendra & Michael Hayes team up once again to bring you Stories for Bad Children – Chapter 2, a cabaret-style show celebrating the darker paths of the fairy tale world. Stories for Bad Children – Chapter 2 plays at Hugo House, October 24 through November 1st, with a special show on Halloween.
Building on the success of 2012’s Stories for Bad Children, Chapter 2 raises the stakes on bedtime. The audience starts the show snuggled into Hugo House’s cozy cafe stage, before being yanked into the Black Box for the nightmares of Act 2. The artists bound to safe creepiness in the first act are unchained to let their dark imaginings take as large a bite as they wish, once the nightlight is on.
Dark days are upon us. Let us tuck you in for tales of gleeful wickedness told through puppets, music, and dance:
• cautionary puppet skullduggery from Vox Fabuli Puppets
• out-of-the-box bellydance from Kendra Hayes
• puppets and physical theatre twisted into shape by Good Evening, Mr. Homunculus
• tales of darkly deranged delight from Kelleen Conway Blanchard
• get tucked into bed by our fabulous host, Amber the Wolfe
• …more surprises and special musical guests to be announced…
About the producers:
Rachel Jackson’s Vox Fabuli Puppets specializes in twisting the familiar into dark and humorous shapes. Rachel has been puppeteering on various Seattle stages since 2008, where her work has been called “mad and masterful” by The Seattle Times. The mind behind the hit puppet musical MANOS – The Hands of Felt, Rachel recently brought her talented hands to Team of Heroes: No More Heroes, Audrey & Nelson: a puppet sex musical and Whedonesque Burlesque. She also co-produces Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam.
Kendra Hayes has been carrying around the banner for dark avant-garde bellydance since 2000, having shared stages with everyone from the Crystal Method to King Tut. She’s founder of the infamous dance troupe Hands of Kali and author of the rock n roll bellydance guide “Stomping Ground” and the forthcoming novel “Kindling.” Currently, Kendra owns and operates Tin Can Studio in Seattle’s historic Old Rainier Brewery, where she commands a small army of ferocious housecats, listens to the voices in her head and occasionally choreographs a dance routine.
Michael Hayes’ sound design and original musics have appeared on gobs of local stages, plenty of internet, and even the Discovery Channel (yay royalties!) In addition, he has been known to dabble in lighting design, cinematography, and producing. Michael’s music project, the Fog People (with none other than Rachel Jackson as collaborator), is nearing completion on a new record. He recently and quietly turned down a touring gig to start Tin Can Studio with his lovely wife, and he spends a lot of time with his pug Brutus.
Vox Fabuli Announces Fall Puppet Classes
What: Basic Puppet Building – Animals
Saturday, Sept 6th or
Saturdays, Sept 27th – Oct 11th
Beginning Stage Puppeteering
Sundays, Sept 28th – Oct 12th
Cost: $160 per class
Where: Inscape Arts Building, Studio 230
815 Seattle Blvd South
Seattle, WA 98134
*Classes recommended for ages 15 and up
*Class sizes limited to 8
Vox Fabuli Puppets introduces a brand new puppet building class as part of their Fall 2014 class line-up. “‘When are you going to teach us how to make puppets?’ is a question I get asked fairly often,” said Vox Fabuli owner Rachel Jackson. “It was a matter of creating a pattern that was appropriate for a class. This summer I finally got time to sit down and do that.”
Basic Puppet Building – Animals
~ 1-Day Class: Saturday, September 6th from 10am-5pm
~ 3-Week Class: Saturdays, Sept 27 – Oct 11 from 11am-1pm
Walk in with a sad, naked hand and walk out with a fabulous new puppet friend in this basic class. Dip your toe into the wide, weird waters of puppet construction: cutting, sewing (hand and machine) and hot gluing your way to a finished puppet. Instructor Rachel Jackson will guide you step-by-step as you create one of five animals: Dog, Cat, Bear, Bunny or Unicorn.
Beginning Stage Puppeteering
Sundays, Sept 28 – Oct 12, 1-4pm
In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. Students learn the fundamentals of Muppet-style puppeteering through a combo of easy exercises, wicked challenges and practical scene work. Over the 3 weeks, you’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills. Working in the realm of visible puppeteering, we’ll explore both arm-and-rod and live hand puppets.
~ No puppet experience required.
~ Please dress comfortably and be ready to move.
About Vox Fabuli Puppets:
Rachel Jackson’s Vox Fabuli Puppets specializes in twisting the familiar into dark and humorous shapes. Rachel has been puppeteering on various Seattle stages since 2008, where her work has been called “mad and masterful” by The Seattle Times. The mind behind the hit “MANOS – The Hands of Felt”, she more recently brought her talented hands to “Team of Heroes: No More Heroes”, “Whedonesque Burlesque” and “Audrey & Nelson: a puppet sex musical”.
Victoria, BC, CANADA
Friday 19th to Sunday the 21
The Pacific Northwest Region invites the Puppeteers of America and all others to join us to celebrate 2.5 days of the art of the puppet in the beautiful tourist destination of Victoria, BC, Canada. www.tourismvictoria.com
Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam
Comes to Bumbershoot®
What: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam – Bumbershoot Edition
When: Saturday, August 30 – 6:45pm
Monday, Sept 1 – 5:15pm
Where: Center House Theatre
(The TPS Stage at Bumbershoot®)
“Seattle’s quarterly Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is also a growing forum for puppet development—including everything from muppets talking sex to shadow puppets enacting fables.” – City Arts
Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is proud to present our special Bumbershoot edition! We’ve pulled together a selection of favorite acts and artists from our first 2 years of slams to represent us at Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival. From hilarious to heartbreaking to horrifying, both festival performances feature a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)!
Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam will be performing twice during the festival:
– Saturday, August 30 from 6:45pm-8pm
– Monday, September 1 from 5:15pm-6:15pm
Scheduled to appear:
Bill Holznagel and Jason Miranda
Katie McClenahan and Jen LaMastra
& Improv Shadows (Reed Garber-Pearson, Rachel Jackson, Paul Velasquez & Jenelle Weidlich)
All herded together into a graceful flow by our MC, The Effervescent, Ever-Present, and Amazingly Prescient Rebecca M Davis!
About Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam:
A member of the Puppet Slam Network, Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam has been providing quality puppet shows for the fine adults of Seattle since 2011. Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam aims to promote and support the puppetry community in the Pacific Northwest through our ongoing performance series. From hilarious to heartbreaking to horrifying, every performance features a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)!
Bumbershoot® is produced by One Reel in Collaboration with Seattle Center. Established in 1971, Bumbershoot takes place every year over Labor Day weekend and stretches across the 74-acre Seattle Center beneath the city’s iconic Space Needle. Bumbershoot programs a diverse array of arts including live music, comedy, Words & Ideas, theatre, film, visual arts, children’s programming, and the Indie Market featuring urban crafts. Festival details are located at bumbershoot.org.
A call to puppeteers! Find out what is happening in puppetry around Puget Sound in 2014-2015, see and hear about artist Dan Cautrell’s 16’ puppet mural donated by Rob D’Arc, and see a performance of “Senor El Gato (Mr. Cat)” by Jenelle Weidlich. The event is sponsored by the Puppeteers of Puget Sound and will be held at the Thistle Theatre Studio Sept. 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm.
So far, representatives from the following groups will be present to share information:
-Aurora Valentinetti Museum Season and Exhibits
-Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Events
-Northwest Puppetry Center Season and The Cook/Marks Collection
-Thistle Theatre Season
Information about the following puppet organization will be available:
-Pacific Northwest Puppetry Meet-up Group
-Puppeteers of America
-Puppeteers of Puget Sound
-UNIMA-USA (Union International de la Marionnette)
This is an RSVP only event. There will be additional “show and tell” with drinks and snacks provided with funds from the Puppeteers of Puget Sound. Please send RSVP by September 8, to event organizer, Jean Enticknap – email@example.com
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
Through deeply personal interviews and never-before-seen home videos, this is a beautiful, accomplished, and moving portrait of Caroll Spinney, who has performed as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street” for over 40 years.
May 25, 2014 | 1:30pm | Egyptian Theatre
May 26, 2014 | 4:30pm | Harvard Exit
May 27, 2014 | 7:00pm | AMC Pacific Place
‘Big Bird’ Caroll Spinney & Directors Dave LaMattina and Chat Walker in attendance!
You can also use the promo code DOCS2014 to get $2 off a regularly priced ticket purchased online, over the phone, or at the SIFF box office. Anyone can use this promo code, so please share it with everyone who is interested!