Friday, December 2, 2016

A Christmas Carol

Turn on. Tune in. ______
The poem "Isn't That The Dickens" is truly amazing!

The sound effects (wind, grandfather clocks, doors, chains, ghosts) make all the difference in the world. 

If you like "theatre of the mind" you won't want to miss this! 

You can see (listen actually) "Isn't That the Dickens" at the Guelph Public Library 100 Norfolk Street, Wed Dec 7 at 7pm. Admission free.

"Isn't that The Dickens" is a live radio play, based on the novella by Charles Dickens 1843. The novella has been turned into a 9 minute poem, complete with character voices, and amazing sound effects. This drama is a chilling, thrilling ghost story for Christmas - how marvelous! 

"Isn't That The Dickens" will also be touring as part of The Christmas Variety Show. Making stops in London, Mississauga and Stratford Ontario

Why not add this to your Christmas festivities? Just ask!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Ottawa Tour Puppets Up International Puppet Festival Feedback

Prometheus makes a friend
In preparation for the August 2017 tour of Ottawa area senior's residences, I asked the Activity Directors to give me some feedback concerning how their residents reacted to The Variety Show Two-Puppets Up Edition.

Here are some responses:

I have had nothing but positive feedback from all of the residents who attended your show. They absolutely loved it. We would love to have you come back again!!
Take care,
Jessica Dube
Recreation Manager

The Ravines Seniors Suites Alavida

Hi Jay,
I have had lots of very positive feed back from the residents of Stonehaven about your amazing program. It was a big hit and something unique to our home. I have been asked to definitely invite you back when you are planning your next tour of the Ottawa area.
Many thanks and I trust you will fit us in to your schedule when you plan your schedule for 2017.
Best regards,
Kathryn Witney 
Lifestyle Program Manager
Stonehaven Chartwell

Thanks Jay,
Our seniors thoroughly enjoyed Jay's lively performance of Pandora's Sox
We look forward to Jay's return with the adorable puppets next year
Helen Adams
Activities Manager
Riverpark Place Retirement Residence

We loved the show and we would like to book for next year please!!
Tamara El-Farr
Director of Recreation
Revera – Prince of Wales
22 Barnstone Drive. Nepean, ON, K2G 2P9

..and we'd love to welcome you back again next year if you are in the area...  We haven't had a puppet show in years (or maybe ever!), so it was an entertaining, refreshing change to our recreation calendar.  Many thanks for contacting us, and we'll look forward to hearing from you again next year.

Cindy & your friends at Starwood

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Variety Show

100,000 sheet music, 30,000 record sold in 24 hours
Christmas Variety Show

This show makes it's debut in Mississauga Fri Dec 9 then Stratford Sat Dec 10, 2016 and London Mon Dec 12, 2016

A TRIBUTE to Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" 1843 - "Isn't that the Dickens" is a 9 minute poem summarizing the famous tale. Eerie sound effects and lots of voices, it makes for an elocutioner's dream. A perfect new Christmas tradition.

ADD TO THAT an inspired telling of "A Visit From Saint Nicholas" by Clement Clarke Moore 1823.

PLUS PUPPET ROUTINES, thanks to Pandora and Prometheus

AND SONGS - A Holly Jolly Christmas Johnny Marks 1962 (Burl Ives), Walking in a Winter Wonderland - 1934 Richard Smith and Felix Bernard, Santa Clause is Coming To Town - 1934 John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie.

Something like a fireside Christmas storytelling adventure or an old time radio broadcast, this is a vaudeville-style show for your ears. Listen in.

Call to book your performance or for information: 519 837-1743

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Elocutioner. A one man show featuring Jay Wilson.

Some short video samples as I prepare for
The Elocutioner
A one-man show

Sunday, October 30, 2016

"Puppets and Songs" A variety show for children

"Puppets and Songs" is an all ages variety show. Since it's inception this show has undergone a number of transformations.

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 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. 

Don't delay. Book today!

Lionel. He loves hugs

Saturday, October 22, 2016

What kind of events do we do?

That's a good question.

There are performances in  libraries, literary festivals, & children's festivals such as the Puppets Up International Puppet Festival, Springworks Festival in Stratford, Barrie's Winterfest and Collingwood's Frozen In Time Festival.

The puppets and I often get invited to entertain at private functions, birthday parties (both young and older). We've even done a wedding! Then of course we've done  school performances  and educational events on the topic of Greek Mythology, with a puppet manipulation lesson thrown in for good measure.

And we perform on stage in theatres. The Century Church Theatre in Hillsburgh, The Newmarket Theatre, Meaford Hall, The Mady Centre in Barrie.

The puppets make great wandering entertainers for outdoor festivals and events.

Jay performs elocutions (poems and other recitations) at adult gatherings, and we've got a new project:  click HERE

We are of course visiting lots of retirement homes and long term care facilities coming close to our 500'th performance of The Variety Shows

We have hosted  volunteer appreciation events for retirement homes and we have helped senior's facilities celebrate anniversaries.

We entertain at Older Adult Recreation Centres such as the Evergreen Senior's Centre Outreach Program, The Orangeville Senior's Centre Roast Beef Dinner and the Celebrate Spring event in Cambridge Ontario. These are great events where we meet with small groups over lunch and dinner, providing light entertainment.
Birds of a feather

Pandora before her makeover
We were special guests at a conference for Recreational Therapists, demonstrating how puppets and entertainment can deliver a positive mental health message.

Oh yes, we also write and perform custom songs for special occasions, product launches and every event imaginable! AND... we enjoy bouts of storytelling when asked...

Monday, October 17, 2016

Variety Show Five

Number Five! Wow! A show for older adults.

When I launched the Variety Show One I never in my wildest dreams imagined there would be a VS Five.

So what can you look forward to in VS Five?

Well Prometheus kicks things off with "Ticket To Morrow" an original piece that we previewed to rave reviews at the Evergreen Senior's Center Christmas Show 2015. You can see it HERE.

I am very excited about the new songs I've learned for this show. "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 (Loius Armstrong) 1967.

Pandora has worked up a litany of one-liners.

And finally I let go with some outstanding elocutions, "Television" by Roald Dahl and "Nightmare" - W.S. Gilbert.

"Nightmare" is a truncated version of the delightful patter song from Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe.

I look forward to performing this show for you and your friends! On with the show!