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----MAGICAL MOONSHINE THEATRE

Internationally acclaimed, award winning
puppet, mask, and musical performances since 1979

   

 

 

Magical Moonshine Theatre Shows

Magical Moonshine has a large selection of productions for you to choose from, everything from large, mainstage performances that can be seen by 600-1000, to small shows for the home party, library, classroom, cafe or gallery. To help you find what you are looking for, please select from the following choices, or for personal help, call 707-363-4573 or email mail@magicalmoonshine.org.

Fees vary according to production and travel, but there is something for most every budget.

School Assemblies --.-NEW: Mailer with special discounts for 2011-12 school year ....(School Funding Programs in California) (2011-12 school packages mailer/discounts)

Preschool Shows

Bilingual (and minimal text) Shows

Library Shows

Party and Event Shows

Outdoor (small scale and festival) Shows

New for Fall, 2011: Cannibal Island, A Taste of Paradise (ages 12 and up)

(Some unsorted shows below)

The Puppet Man

For hundreds of years puppet entertainers have roamed the streets in countries all over the world. They have sought to delight, amuse, reform their audiences, as well as earn their keep in society. Traditional puppet characters such as England's Punch and Judy, Germany's Kasperl, and France's Guignol all evolved from humble folk origins, nurtured by these street performers.
In The Puppet Man, MMT's Michael Nelson creates his own version of traditional European street theatre. The performances are colorful, lively, spontaneous and ever-changing.  In this unique theatrical experience, the puppeteer, puppets and audience respond to each other to create the play together!

Great for Libraries.
Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

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Puppylocks and the Three Bears

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT IF? What if the Three Bears were really Teddy Bears? And What if Goldilocks was not a little girl at all, but a golden, mischievous little dog? That is exactly the case is this very funny retelling of the traditional fairytale. Watch this impish little dog do everything wrong in the Bear's house while the bears are off to the TEDDYBEAR CIRCUS! Puppylocks is presented with traditional Bohemian style marionettes on a tabletop stage. It runs about 40 minutes and is highly recommended for ages 3 and up. Live music and singing.

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Animalitos (The Little Animals)

A collection of Aesop's fables woven together in a magical puppet dance. A rabbit starts a race with a tortoise, but seeing that he has plenty of time, he wanders off, and gets involved with a fox who is trying to court a crane with a romantic dinner for two. With some clever tricks they manage to get some food to serve but things go awry when the fox talks the rabbit into being the waiter for the meal. Meanwhile the tortoise is getting closer and closer to the finish line...

This story is told in a combination of English and Spanish.
Recommended for children ages 4 and up.


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The Grasshopper and the Ant

This performance may be unlike anything you have ever seen before.  It is a recreation of Victorian Miniature or paper theatre.  People have compared the beauty and miniature size of the show to a jewel; it sparkles with rich colors and a universal story.  The performers have gone far beyond the simple Aesop's fable of the grasshopper and the ant to create a green-man cycle tale as in olden times, a story that takes the audience on a journey through the seasons, leading them to a new understanding of their own place in the cycle in nature.

Great for Libraries.
Recommended for children ages 4 and up.


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The Armadillo's Rancho

This story from Argentina tells of a wealthy Fox who tries to take advantage of a poor Armadillo, making her work his garden for him. He thinks he is getting the best part of the deal, but the Armadillo is smarter than he is at every turn and in the end succeeds in setting things right once and for all.

This story is told in a combination of English and Spanish.
Recommended for children ages 4 and up.


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Shipwrecked!  The Adventures of Miss Robin Crusoe

Miss Robin Crusoe (pictured left) is the niece of the famed Robinson Crusoe. Like her famous uncle, she also finds herself shipwrecked on an island...an island, as it turns out, that has been visited by pirates in the past. The sumptuous backgrounds for the production are the results of an artistic collaboration with textile artist Meri Vahl and are comprised of an array of beautiful batiks and fabrics.

Recommended for children ages 4 and up.


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The California Bear Flag Show

In MMT's The Bear Flag Show, California history roars to life with puppets of all shapes and sizes, live music and song from the California period, and good old fashioned theatrical effects.  Famous historical characters such as Kit Carson, John Fremont, and General Mariano G. Vallejo were all involved in this hilarious comedy of errors which resulted in the short-lived (26 days) "country of California," complete with it's own president and flag (the first California Bear Flag).

This story is told in a combination of English and Spanish.
Recommended for children ages 4 and up.


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Cirque du Cafe

MMT's Cirque du Cafe is a table top circus for the whole family, where salt shakers do a trapeze act, a wine bottle and a baguette perform magic, a bread roll rides a pizza cutter unicycle and a banana swallows swords longer than it's body. This is object theatre and puppetry and circus and great fun!

This show was originally designed for adult audiences in the cafe setting, but since it opened in Spring of 2005 it has played very well in various forms for family as well as adult audiences, in a variety of settings, both restaurant as well as theater.

With many acts, the length and age appropriateness can be adjusted.


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Jaguar's Fountain

In the rain forests of South America all living things sing in harmony with each other. But then the chords of disharmony sound as drought descends upon the land. The greedy Jaguar proceeds to force the smaller and weaker animals to dig a well. Soon there is water again in the rain forest and it is controlled by the Jaguar. But there is one animal in the forest who will stand up to the Jaguar. He is the Rabbit. Armed only with his humor and wits, he alone dares to challenge the Jaguar and his henchmen until justice prevails and the balance of nature is restored. In The Jaguar's Fountain the puppets and scenery have their own musical sounds created by a variety of hand crafted non-traditional as well as traditional instruments.

Recommend for children ages 4 and up.


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The Recycling Show

The Recycling Show focuses on the whys and hows of living on earth in our age of consumption.  The entire stage for this show was made from recycled materials.  Because recycling regulations often differ from county to county, MMT researches recycling facts and statistics for each county before they perform this show.

Recommended for children ages 4 and up.


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Coyote Sings

In the Native American story, Coyote Sings, the crazy buffoon, Coyote tries desperately to learn a song. This combined with his bungling attempts to hunt for food and impress all his neighbors with his personal skills make for hilarious slaps tick. Southwest motifs and designs and Mexican folk tunes make this bilingual show a very poplar addition.

This story is told in a combination of English and Spanish.
Recommended for children ages 4 and up.


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The Cat That Walked By Himself

Shadow puppetry creates a mysterious and wonderful world where color, light and story enthrall adults and children alike, belying its simplicity. Using both black and illuminated shadows, MMT presents literature and folktale inspired stories from around the globe.
From the Rudyard Kipling "Just So Stories", The Cat That Walked By Himself makes a deal with the first humans to share their cave on his terms.

Great for Libraries.
Recommended for children ages 4 and up.


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The Fox and the Condor

In this mythological story from South America, there is little food on the earth while in the clouds the birds have much food. The Condor, the king of the birds takes pity on a hungry fox and carries him up to the clouds to eat, but the greedy fox does not stop eating until he falls from the cloud and his belly bursts open, spreading seeds all over the earth. It is these seeds from which the plants on earth have descended (so the tale tells us.)

This story is told in a combination of English and Spanish.
Recommended for children ages 4 and up.


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Br'r Rabbit and the Number Nine Shoes

In this African American trickster tale, the clever Br'er Rabbit plays a trick on Br'er Bear, and steals his fish from him. Br'er Fox watches the whole trick, but when he tries it himself his efforts end in disaster. Once again Br'er Rabbit survives by relying on his wits. The story is told with large, direct-manipulation puppets, live banjo music and singing.

Recommended for children ages 4 and up.


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Dragon, Tiger and Bear

This story is a Southeast Asian Folktale from the Hmong people.  Long ago a wise, old man lived with a Bear, a Tiger and a Dragon. One day the animals all set out to try to scare one another by seeing who could make the greatest commotion. When the man finally took his turn, he used his brains to teach the others a lesson. He scared the animals so badly that bears, tigers and dragons will no longer live with people. The story is presented with shadow puppets, masks, and live music played on a variety of SE Asian musical instruments.

Great for Libraries.
Recommended for children ages 4 and up.


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The Fox and the Elk Make a Trade

In this story a fox and elk decide that they are not happy with the way they are made, so they decide to switch arms and legs with each other. The fox, now with very long arms and legs, finds that she can no longer hunt, and is in danger of starving. The elk with the short fox arms and legs can not reach the leaves on the trees that he is used to eating. Both finally realize that they were much better off the way they were originally and in the end exchange arms and legs again, happy to have their old limbs back. The story is humorously set to popular U.S. music of the 50s.

Recommended for children ages 4 and up.


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Coyote Brings Fire to the People

It is told that long ago when the earth was new, the people of California were cold because they did not have fire. They went to Coyote for help and he organized Bear, Mountain Lion, Rabbit, Squirrel, and Frog to help steal fire for the people. MMT presents this native Californian folktale with shadow puppets and music.

Great for Libraries.
Recommended for children ages 4 and up.


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Coyote and Grizzy Bear

Native Americans of the Western part of this continent tell many stories about the trickster, Coyote. In this story from the plains states, Coyote plays a trick on the ungrateful Grizzly Bear, thus saving the life of Mountain Ram. Although presented as a Native American folktale here, the theme of this story is universal, and appears in tales from many cultures around the world. This folktale is told with masks and Native American drum.

Recommended for children ages 4 and up.


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Br'r Rabbit and the Lucky Rabbit's Foot

Once again Brer Rabbit finds himself in a precarious position when he thinks his luck has run out and he seeks advice from Mammy Bammy Big Money. Her magic shows him his luck is in his wits and not in his lucky rabbit's foot.

Recommended for children ages 4 and up.


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The Grape Blessing

The Earth Mother, represented by a graceful 14 foot tall figure, leads the procession of musicians and celebrants to the rustic altar, made of barrels, burls and natural objects. There She takes her place to preside over the following ceremony:

 First comes a symbolic creation of Napa Valley (or Sonoma Valley, Central Valley, etc.); great seismic forces shift rocks, sand and wood in a symbolic geological tableau.

 Following is the purification of the ceremonial grape knife, and the harvest of the grapes, the crushing of the grape to juice, and the offering to the four directions. When the offering is given to the Earth, the Spirit of the Vines (an animated figure made of natural grape vines) is awakened.

At his touch the bounty (and the bottle on the altar) overflow, as red wine fountains down over the altar in abundance. The blessing is complete with offerings of music and poetry shared with the celebrants.

Recommended for adult audiences.


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Coyote Runs

Another Native American folktale, Coyote Runs, Coyote finds his efforts to fool his neighbors backfire as he is outwitted by a lizard, a badger, a rabbit and a rattlesnake. But as always, Coyote prevails, himself outwitting death to the joy of his loving wife.


This story is told in a combination of English and Spanish.
Recommended for children ages 4 and up.


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Br'r Rabbit and the Goober Patch

Another trickster, Brer Rabbit comes to us from Africa, but has settled right in to American Folklore. In this puppet tale, Brer (short for Brother) Fox decides to plant a garden, and Br'er Rabbit decides to help himself. The fox decides to set a trap for the rabbit but Brer Rabbit is one rabbit who can take care of himself, and Br'er Fox does not end up with the prey that he bargained for.

Recommended for children ages 4 and up.


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The Lion in the Well

This Afro-American Br'er Rabbit story tells about how one day a lion moved into the forest and started eating all of the other animals. Br'er Rabbit sets out to get rid of the lion with his usual trickery, and succeeds in getting rid of the l ion and becoming the hero despite the lack of help from Br'er Fox and the other animals. This story is told as a story within a story; a roving puppet troubadour is telling the tale when the "real" Br'er Rabbit stumbles upon the play and begins to take over. Complications ensue when the real lion shows up instead of the puppet lion. Told with live folk music and singing.

Recommended for children ages 4 and up.


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Seasonal and Special Programs

4th of July Parade, City of Vallejo, California

July 4, 2007 Marked the 200th birthday celebration of General Mariano Vallejo, who lived in Sonoma, California. The city of Vallejo, California is named after him.
To celebrate, the cities of Sonoma and Vallejo commissioned MMT to make two giant Vallejo puppets to walk in parades.
We made the puppets very light and airy so the puppeteer inside would be as comfortable as possible.  By the end, the puppet weighed about 17 pounds. It also had a structure inside of it that allowed the puppeteer to stand the puppet on the street and rest, not holding the weight of the puppet at all.


Orpheus Ascending


A one-run-only dramatic theatrical production based on the myth of Orpheus.  Choreography and story adaption: Michael Nelson.  Music: David Auerbach.  Text: Steve Tillis.  Puppets: Michael Nelson, Kamela Portuges, Lee Armstrong, Michael Wick.



SEASONAL AND SPECIAL OFFERINGS:

Magical Moonshine Theatre often produces special seasonal and event related offerings.  Call for info.  707-363-4573

December 2009:  The Night Before Christmas- This handpuppet production was a recreation and celebration of the very first production that MMT performed in 1979.  The premise is that a group of puppets attempts to act out the Night Before Christmas with mixed success.  As this show is a seasonal offering, please call for availability.

Recommended for children ages 3 and up.



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For more information
about any of our programs or to secure a date,
contact us at 707.363.4573. or mail@magicalmoonshine.org

 
 
 

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