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WEST FULTON PUPPET FESTIVAL

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WEST FULTON PUPPET FESTIVAL 2018 LINEUP ANNOUNCED

West Fulton, NY (Tuesday, June 12)– West Fulton Arts is thrilled to announce the lineup for the 2017 West Fulton Puppet Festival, Friday, July 13,  5pm  - 7pm and Saturday, July 14, 10am - 5pm.  Returning for a fourth consecutive year, the Festival transforms the hamlet of West Fulton into a vibrant celebration of creativity and community with a dynamic and entertaining slate of puppetry performances and activities for the whole family.

The 2018 West Fulton Puppet Festival will feature work from New York, Chicago, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Florida, playing in rotation throughout the two-day Festival. The lineup includes Morgan Kelly’s Legume Perfume, a shadow puppet play for young audiences that follows the adventures of an ordinary Bean as he goes on a journey of self-discovery and includes a post-show workshop (Saturday, July 14 at 10am & 2pm); Big Nazo an international performance group of visual artists, puppet performers, and masked musicians who unite to create bizarre and hilarious larger-than-life sized characters, environments, and spectacles (Saturday, July 14 at 10.45am & 1pm); The Gottabee’s Lollipops for Breakfast a marvelous confection of friendship, invention, and adventure as Sylvie and her pet bird search for the missing ingredients to make an amazingly perfect lollipop, wrestle with giant candy machines, and get lost in a magical pop-up cookbook (Saturday, July 14 at 11.45am & 5pm);  Acme Miniature Flea Circus might cause you to itch your head a little as trained fleas Midge and Madge perform spectacular circus stunts as seen before (and on top of) the crowned heads of Europe (Saturday July 14 at 11.15am and 3pm); Christopher Durham will be talking about animal relationships and the sometimes unlikely bonds that have formed between animals in his care (both wild and domestic) during The Joy of Animal Relationships (Saturday, July 14 at 12.30pm & 4pm).

In addition to the above roster of performances, the Festival kicks off the Festival on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a Community Potluck. This event is free and open to all, simply bring a dish to share (if you like) and enjoy complimentary hot dogs. This is immediately followed by Portraits of Schoharie, a special showing of short animated films created by students at Middleburgh High School during a residency supported by West Fulton Arts.  A detailed schedule of performances is listed later in the release.

The Festival takes place in and around West Fulton Park, and utilizes The Hall at Panther Creek Arts, plus non-traditional performance spaces, including nearby barns, the Historic Schoolhouse, and a circus tent. Admission to puppetry performances is free, but ticketed. Tickets are available day-of from West Fulton Park from the Festival box office beginning at 5pm on Friday night and 9am on Saturday. For more information, visit www.westfultonarts.org. Parking is available and refreshments are available for purchase throughout the day.

West Fulton Puppet Festival is made possible (in part) with public funds provided by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered through the Community Arts Grants Program at Greene County Council on the Arts, and is the creation of West Fulton Arts—a non-profit organization that is funded solely by the generous support of individuals and local businesses, and led by a community-wide team of volunteers and theater professionals. For more information on how you can support the Festival or to make a donation visit www.westfultonarts.org.

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WEST FULTON PUPPET FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

        (Free tickets for all shows available in West Fulton Park)

Friday, July 13, 2018

5pm                Potluck                                                West Fulton Park

                                                

7:00 pm        Portraits of Schoharie County                          The Hall

Saturday, July 14, 2018

10:00 am                Legume Perfume                                Ellen’s Barn        

followed by workshop

10:45am                Big Nazo                                        West Fulton Park

11:15 am                Acme Miniature Flea Circus                Anne’s Barn

11:45 am                Lollipops For Breakfast                        The Hall

12:30 pm                The Joy of Animal Relationships                West Fulton Park

1:00 pm                Big Nazo                                        West Fulton Park

2:00 pm                Legume Perfume                                Ellen’s Barn

followed by workshop

3:00 pm                Acme Miniature Flea Circus                Anne’s Barn

4:00 pm                The Joy of Animal Relationships                West Fulton Park

5:00 pm                Lollipops For Breakfast                        The Hall

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About West Fulton Arts

West Fulton Arts is a non-profit arts organization that serves to positively enhance the cultural life of West Fulton and the surrounding region through the provision of visual, performing, and literary arts performances and events. West Fulton Arts celebrates and fosters creativity and community engagement through affordable access to programming, arts education and partnerships with local, regional, national and international artists, regional businesses, schools, youth and community organizations.  

About the Companies

LEGUME PERFUME

Legume Perfume is a shadow puppet play for young audiences.  The story follows the adventures of an ordinary Bean as he goes on a journey of self-discovery....and solves a crime on the way!  Using a variety of shadow puppets, 3D objects (and a healthy dose of Bean humor), the story reminds audiences that extraordinary things are woven through the ordinary life. The show runs 20 minutes long and is followed by a short shadow puppet making workshop.

Morgan Kelly is a teaching artist/puppeteer based in St. Augustine, FL.  She teaches theatre arts and puppetry to children and also designs her own puppet work.  She has been working professionally in this field for 12 years.  Some of her professional credits include serving as puppeteer for Great Small Works, Chinese Theatre Works, Two River Theatre, Arts Center of Capital Region, Mum Puppettheatre and others.  She has worked as Teaching Artist for New Victory Theatre, Marquis Studios, Arts Center of the Capital Region and others.  Morgan has earned her BA in Theatre from Marlboro College and her MA in Educational Theatre from New York University.  This is her 3rd year performing at the West Fulton Puppet Festival, she is excited to be back!

THE ACME MINIATURE FLEA CIRCUS

The Acme Miniature Flea Circus is an authentic Victorian flea circus.  Watch Midge and Madge, Trained Fleas, perform spectacular circus stunts as seen before (and on top of) the Crowned Heads of Europe.  Part sideshow, part educational, and all fun.   Positively No Dogs Will Be Admitted To the Show. For Ages 5-105

Professor A.G. Gertsacov, flea-trainer extraordinaire, has been exhibiting his miniature marvels for over 20 years. He has brought his shows to 38 states, 4 countries, and a number of unidentified territories. He has performed in theatres, circuses, ships, streets, prisons, garages, homes and nearly everywhere else he can find an audience.  He looks forward to sharing the Most Miniscule Show On Earth with you! More info:  http://www.trainedfleas.com   

 LOLLIPOPS FOR BREAKFAST

The Gottabee’s present LOLLIPOPS FOR BREAKFAST

Created and performed by Bonnie Duncan

You can’t have lollipops for breakfast! But today, Sylvie decides she’s going to break that rule, even if it means she  has to make her own amazingly perfect  lollipop from scratch.  Come along as she and her trusty pet bird search for  missing ingredients, wrestle with giant  candy machines, and get lost in a magical pop-up cookbook.

Bonnie Duncan (creator/performer) has blended puppetry, dance, and physical theatre in surprising and

delightful ways for the past 15 years. Her work has been described as “an artful world of silent dreams, mime, and dance” (Austin Live Theatre). She has most recently been working as one half of They Gotta Be Secret Agents with Tim Gallagher. Their show, Poste Restante, has toured worldwide, and won “Best Touring Show of 2011,” Austin, TX; Best of the Fringe, San Francisco, 2009; and a nomination for Most Innovative Show at Prague Fringe Festival. Prior to her work as a Secret Agent, Bonnie was a company member of Snappy Dance Theater for 8 years, performing sculptural, acrobatic dances internationally. Her movement was called “breathtakingly simple” and “delightfully crafty” by the Boston Globe. When Bonnie is not performing, she is the mother of three young children, an avid runner, and vegan cupcake maker.

About The Gottabees

Puppets!  Original music!  A Tiny Bit of Acrobatics!  Adventure  and Invention! The Gottabees started making super fun theater  for families in 2013 with the creation of Squirrel Stole My Underpants and it’s follow-up, Lollipops for Breakfast, in  2015.  They have since been selling out venues and inspiring  homemade puppet shows throughout the US and Canada.  They find it deeply satisfying to create original physical theater so  families can do something fun together that allows them all to giggle, gasp, sigh, and cheer in 45 minutes or less.  

 

Their shows are often stories told without words—they embrace the physical and the visual in theater.  The result is a poetic, non-linear story that surprises audiences.  One of the things that makes members of The Gottabees happiest is when they meet children who have seen a show and parents tell them how their child acted out the entire show for weeks after seeing it.  This is the core reason why they make theater for young audiences:  The Gottabees want children to know in their hearts that they, too, can make theater wherever they are and whomever they are.

About BIG NAZO CREATURE-CREW

A  mobile "extraterrestrial creature spectacle" that employs a variety of puppet, mask and wearable sculpture techniques to create a cast of bizarre and unusual aliens, robots and animal hybrid characters.

These funky "space weirdos" subvert & celebrate humanity while jumpstarting  public spectacles and celebrations throughout the US, Canada and overseas, stretching as far and wide as Singapore, Scotland, Indonesia, Portugal, Japan, Italy and South Korea.

BIG NAZO is an international performance group of visual artists, puppet performers, and masked musicians who unite to create bizarre and hilarious larger-than-life sized characters, environments, and spectacles. Renegade circus family contortionists, a rowdy rodeo horse, a giant three-eyed robot percussionist, break-dancing police officers, Mountain Trolls, blob-like GO-GO Dancers, a charismatic lab rat and his giant man-eating chia pet are just a few of the characters, environments, and spectacles that create an irreverent musical Commedia full of irresolvable conflict, ridiculous dancing and an epic battle with the forces of chaos. Their innovative mask & puppetry techniques combine stand-up comedy, Sci-Fi, Go-Go dancing, daredevil stunts, soap opera hysterics and professional wrestling with live rock & funk music and audience-interactive improvisation.

For more info, visit: bignazo.com  

ABOUT THE JOY OF ANIMAL RELATIONSHIPS

Christopher will be talking about animal relationships and the sometimes unlikely bonds that have formed between animals in his care(both wild and domestic) during his twenty years of  work as a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator for New York State.

About the artist:

Christopher Durham was born and raised in Southern Virginia and developed three loves early on - animals, art and entertainment. All three of which he successfully pursued upon his arrival in New York City after graduating from the College of William and Mary. He has guest starred on "Rescue Me", "Third Watch", "Law and Order", "Law and Order Criminal Intent", "Law and Order SUV", “The Bronx is Burning”, “Madam Secretary, “The Blacklist”, and many others.

As a television host and personality, he appeared in the highly acclaimed documentary "Wild City" with Isabella Rossellini and was a frequent quest and segment producer of Hallmark's "New Morning" show. He has also reported for HBO, The Travel Channel, Onion News Network and the syndicated “Pet Guy” series.

An accomplished artist, he had his first gallery exhibition in SoHo in 2004. Working mostly in pen/ink and watercolor, his art can be viewed at petportraits-bychris.com. His work has been featured in the famed windows of Van Clef and Arpels in Manhattan as well as Elle Décor, Victoria and "M" magazines and The New York Times.

As a result of his many years of working with animals, Christopher became a state licensed wildlife rehabilitator in 1998. He works closely with state and local animal facilities to help injured and orphaned wildlife receive care and treatment so that they can be returned back to the wild. Christopher’s first children’s book “ZOBO”, which he both wrote and illustrated, has just been published. For more information, visit www.christopher-durham.com 

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