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
Literature, fairy tales, music, visual arts. Contains lessons on courage, love and perseverance.
This program can be completed virtually: