The Monkey King brandishes his baton in pursuit of the monsters who have
snatched his master, the monk Tang. Will Monkey and his fellow disciples
rescue Tang from the fire-breathing monsters who want to eat him? "Fire
Cloud Cave" is an episode of the Chinese epic Journey to the West,
performed with Chinese hand puppets and traditional choreography. The
show is 30 minutes long and features original music by Craig Gordon. Best
for ages 4 through adult.
The Golem, a 16th century Jewish folk tale, is about a rabbi who invokes earth, water, fire and air to create a golem of clay-a figure similar to man. The golem becomes the rabbi's servant and protector. When a haunted ruin and ghostly dog wreak havoc in a young girl's life, the rabbi sends the golem to help. The golem springs into action, and with his special powers, he defeats the dog and blows the ruin into the sky. 30 minutes. Ages 4 and up.
Esther’s Story, a multimedia performance that features a life-sized
puppet, is based on a diary that puppeteer Madeleine Beresford's aunt
kept from 1939 to 1942. In the diary, she powerfully describes the conflicting
emotions that characterized her experience. She was, on the one hand,
a teenager just coming into her own, full of excitement about school,
boys, family, and growing up. On the other hand, she had polio; she was
living in a children’s home in Munich as the Nazis rose to power;
and she was Jewish. She died in Auschwitz when she was 18. Grades 3-12.