Monday, May 15, 2017

Live summer theatre Guelph ON. NOW PLAYING!

Tickets HERE

The puppets are taking a bit of a rest as the summer theatre season is upon us.

The Pandora's Sox puppet studio has been transformed into a set and props department during July's production of Guelph In Postcards - The McCrae Years (1872-1918)

Guelph In Postcards is a production of Guelph Museum to celebrate Canada's 150th and Guelph's 190th birthday.

McCrae House Backyard Theatre 
108 Water St 
July 8-22 2017. 
All performances at 7PM

Guelph In Postcards transports the audience to the time of John McCrae. Using actual postcards as inspiration, these snapshots of Guelph history are brought to life.  Images and sentiments from postcards are woven in amongst events of the day. By focusing on the McCrae years we of course receive postcards from The Great War. Verse and poetry of the day is also delivered to the audience as ‘postcards’. The poem,“ In Flanders Fields”  becomes a ‘postcard.

Guelph In Postcards features
Tim Clarke
Rihannon Philips
Michael Sutherland
Michelle VanderVelde.

Postcards by: Alison Walton

Scenic art: Robin Baird-Lewis

Technical Director: Dennis Gray

Sound Design: Eric Leigh

Tickets? Of course! Right HERE

More information: HERE and HERE

No, there are no puppets in this show: or rather yes, there are no puppets in this show.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Routine!

C'mon Jay, let's rehearse.
Prometheus is really getting into vaudeville. He rifled through my script Guelph In Postcards looking for a vaudeville reference and he found it!

He has taken a scene from the Guelph Opera House and put it to memory. Now he has me rehearsing the other part and plans to perform this new (very old) two person (one person, one puppet) routine soon.

Funny? You bet!

Plan for a little vaudeville at YOUR next get-together. 519 820-3269

Sunday, March 19, 2017

"Puppets and Songs" A variety show for children

"Puppets and Songs" is an all ages variety show.

Now with more characters!

Lionel a very friendly lion. 

Valerie, a simple marionette who doesn't say a word, but loves to assist with puppet warm up exercises. 
Boo, named by audience members, this ghost is sure to please. 
Pandora and Prometheus, fun characters from Greek mythology, who tell silly jokes and deliver clever routines. 

And finally Petunia, a skunk with an interesting history and a very special tail.

This is part puppet show,  part puppet workshop, with a few original songs (The Dino Boogie and The Cricket Song) and some poetry thrown in for good measure.

"Puppets and Songs" is the perfect show for festivals and fairs because it is a variety show. You can come in late and you won't have missed the story.

This show has been pleasing audiences all over Ontario.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Elocutioner. A one man show featuring Jay Wilson.

Some short video samples of me at the Guelph Guild of Storytellers.
While not The Elocutioner  these videos show my 'mighty' side.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The smallest theatre company in Ontario

"A Ticket To Morrow"

This is a routine written by Prometheus. He has a strange sense of humour.

Similar to "Who's On First", "A Ticket to Morrow" is pure silliness, but VERY hard to perform as it really makes no sense at all and I'm stuck with having to play both parts!


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Song list - The Variety Shows

For those of you curious about what songs are performed in The Variety Shows here you go...

Variety Show # 1
Pandora’s Sox Theme Song - Jay Wilson 2010
The Puppet Song - Jay Wilson 2012
Ain’t She Sweet - Milton Ager & Jack Yellen 1927
Hey Good Lookin’ -  Cole Porter 1942. (Hank Williams 1951)
Yes Sir That’s My Baby – Walter Donaldson & Gus Khan 1925
Lovesick Blues – “I’ve Got The Lovesick Blues” – Cliff Friend & Irving Mills 1922 (Hank Williams 1948)

Has Anybody Seen My Girl or Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue – Percy Weinrich & Jack Mahoney 1914 or Ray Henderson, Sam M. Lewis & Joseph Widow Young 1925

Variety Show # 2
Vaudeville Song – Jay Wilson 2014
There’s a Kinda Hush - Les Reed & Geoff Stevens 1966 (Popularized by Hermin’s Hermits)
Whispering – John Schoenberger & Richard Coburn 1920
Yes Sir That’s My baby – Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn 1925

A Nightengale Sang in Berkeley Square – Eric Maschwitz & Manning Sherwin 1939
Sweet Georgia Brown – Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard & Kenneth Casey 1925

Variety Show # 3
Button Up Your Overcoat – Ray Henderson, B.G. DeSylva & Lew Brown 1928 (Ruth Etting)
Toot Toot Tootsie - Gus Kahn, Ernie Erdman & Dan Russo (From the movie The Jazz Singer 1927 Al Jolson)
Anytime – Herbert Happy Lawson 1921
When The Red Red Robin – Harry M. Woods 1926
I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover – Mort Dixon & Harry M. Woods 1927

Variety Show # 4
Red Roses For a Blue Lady – Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett 1948
Grandad’s Flannelette Nightshirt – George Formby 1940
Why Don’t Women Like Me? – George Formby 1933
Oh You Beautiful Doll – Seymore Brown, Nat D. Ayer & Irving Berlin 1911

Variety Show # 5
Mr. Bojangles - Jerry Jeff Walker 1968 - Tribute to Bill Robinson
Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller 1929
All of Me - Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons (Ruth Etting) 1931
What A Wonderful World - Bob Thiele and George David Weiss (Louis Armstrong)1967