Madeleine has been director & teacher at a Quaker preschool for nine years, and has used puppetry to teach the children. She performs solo shows for schools, libraries and theaters. She also teaches one-day workshops, where children learn to build puppets and develop characters; and longer-term residencies, where they create puppet plays. Madeleine’s students have made parade puppets, life-size puppets and hand-and rod-puppets.

Puppet Shows

Crab Tales

Crab Tales is about a grouchy crab who doesn’t think he’s beautiful. He wishes he had bright colors and stripes like the fish and seashells. Eventually, with the help of Jollyfish, Seawitch and the children in the audience, he travels to the Sun to find his own true colors. She tells him that his beauty exists deep inside himself, and he simply must believe in himself. At the end of the show, a transformed crab appears, dancing with the fish and the audience. Ages 3 to 8


Razzmedoodle tells the story of Razz, a bird with stunning colors. She is an individual who stands out, and her subdued neighbors resent her. In an effort to get rid of the distraction in their midst, the other birds suggest that Razz fly south to the tropics. She does, and has some enriching experiences along the way. When she returns home, she discovers that both she and the other birds have changed. Razz’s old neighbors missed the brightness and color she added to their lives. They are happy to see Razz and the unusual way she flies. Now, when Razz and her neighbors fly together, it is like a soloist with an orchestra. Ages 3 to 10

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