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Beech Tree Puppets LLC

  • Category:
    • Theater

    Type of Programs Offered

    • auditorium
    • virtual
    • The Crystal Ball

      Description:

      Show (30 min.) and Meet and Greet (10 to 20 min.), live or virtual.

      This marionette puppet show is an adaption of the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale of the same name.

      An evil sorceress transforms the king’s two oldest sons into an eagle and a whale, and the youngest son sets out to save them. Bravely and against all expectations, he overcomes great challenges. After meeting an old sage and two quarreling giants, he travels to a magician’s castle, where a beautiful princess is held captive. There he fights a dragon and, with the help of his brothers as eagle and whale, overcomes a phoenix and retrieves the crystal ball. This enables him to save his brothers as well as the princess.

      For our production we have adapted the Grimm brothers’ text. We have written songs and hand-crafted the puppets and sets from silk, wool and wood. We guide the multi-cultural marionettes as well as narrate, sing and play instruments during the performance.

      The pre-recorded video takes advantage of the medium of film to tell the story more cinematically, while staying true to our ideals of slow, purposeful narration. Many details would be lost in a one-camera video of a live performance, but here, close-ups of the puppets and sets reveal their beauty and bring new dimensions to the story. We use a variety of camera perspectives and movement, and more nuanced stage-setting and lighting that would not be possible in a live performance. We have also added more instrumental music, playing violin, two types of flutes, glockenspiel, zither, chimes, rattle, and a thunder maker.

      Interactive Meet and Greet:
      The performers (Ingrid and Ole) present themselves in front of the puppet stage and present a few puppets from the show. The performers respond live to questions posed by the audience.
      Possible subjects for conversation during Meet and Greet, depending on time and age of audience and the needs of the classroom:
      1) The Creative Process – brainstorming, drafts, reworking, collaboration, rehearsal, performance.
      2) The Making of the Show – puppets, props, sets, materials used, how we choose a story and music, script.
      3) Puppets – marionettes, hand puppets, rod-puppets, shadow puppets, what is felting.
      4) Aspects of the Story – different characters, conflict and resolution, plot.
      5) Musical Instruments – play instruments and discuss different qualities and moods.
      6) Our Background - training, inspiration, performing together for over 25 years.
      7) Life as an Artist – practical aspects, wearing many hats to make ends meet.

      Possible demonstrations of puppet making:
      1) Dry needle felting.
      2) How to make simple shadow puppets and a shadow puppet stage at home.
      3) Ideas for students about how to make a sock puppet.

      We are prepared to perform this program live or virtual.

      At this time, a live performance would probably have to be outdoors or in a large space to conform with current Covid-19 practices.
      We usually perform without amplification, but we have a suitable amp system.
      Our stage setup requires about 12’ width and 8’ depth. We need about 1 hour to load in and set up.

      Grade Levels: Kindergarten through 5th

      Curriculum Connections

      Literature, fairy tales, music, visual arts. Contains lessons on courage, love and perseverance.

      This program can be completed virtually:
      Yes

    • The Apple Tree

      Description:

      Show (27 minutes) and Meet and Greet (10-20 min.)

      This marionette puppet show presents the story of an old woman living in the countryside with her lively dog, her shy cat and her cuddly sheep.

      She decides to plant an apple tree so she can make a pie for her birthday. The seed sprouts and an apple tree grows, bearing ripe fruit. Many short, beautiful songs introduce the garden, animals and the growing apple tree as they appear on this richly colored set. A butterfly sips nectar from flowers in the garden and a toad hops out from behind a plant. As her birthday nears, the woman finds it difficult to harvest all the apples herself. She is surprised by an unexpected little helper. She celebrates her birthday with the animals, then leaves a thank-you gift.

      Interactive Meet and Greet (10 to 15 minutes):
      The performers (Ingrid and Ole) present themselves in front of the puppet stage and present one or two animal puppets from the show. The performers respond live to questions posed by the audience.

      Possible activities during Meet and Greet, depending on time and age of audience:
      1) A song with motions, about planting an apple tree, to the melody of “The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round”; the audience may participate (with their microphones muted, if virtual).
      2) A demonstration of simple needle felting, by Ingrid, for example making a blossom and attaching it to the set.
      3) Demonstration of the butterfly puppet. Discussion of ideas on how to make a butterfly puppet at home, with next to no materials.

      We are prepared to perform this program live or virtual.

      At this time, a live performance would probably have to be outdoors or in a large space to conform with current Covid-19 practices.

      We usually perform without amplification, but we have a suitable amp system.

      Our stage setup requires about 10’ width and 8’ depth. We need about 45 minutes to load in and set up.

      Grade Levels: Pre-K through 2nd Grade

      Curriculum Connections

      Life cycle of the tree, farm animals and plants, butterflies, change of night and day, music and visual arts. Contains themes of self-reliance, community and helping others.

      This program can be completed virtually:
      Yes

    • The Hollow Stump

      Description:

      Live performance only (we do not yet have a video of this show)

      Seven very different animals seek shelter from the winter cold and snow in a large hollow stump. The cuddly, hand-crafted rod-puppets will enchant any child as the characteristics of each animal are revealed through a unique and descriptive original poem and song. When the animals let newcomers enter and the space inside the stump grows tighter, these songs interweave. Adapted from the popular Ukrainian folk tale, The Mitten, this tale celebrates community, as the animals learn to share one space.

      No amplification. Sensory-friendly.

      Duration: 35 minutes, plus optional Q+A session afterwards. Topics can include: story content, aspects of creating and performing the show, and life of a puppeteer.

      Grade Levels: Pre-K through 3rd Grade

      Curriculum Connections

      Earth science, seasons, daytime and nocturnal animals, poetry, folk tales, music, visual arts. Lessons on cooperation and sharing.

      This program can be completed virtually:
      No

  • Name or Art Agency:
    Young Audiences of Maryland
    Email:
    info@yamd.org
    Phone:
    410-837-7577
    Address:
    2600 North Howard Street, Suite 1300 Baltimore, Maryland 21218

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