Friday, July 29, 2016

Puppets Up International Puppet Festival 2016 Aug 5,6 and 7

The good folks at the Puppet's Up Festival are again providing an outreach program to seniors throughout the Ottawa area. Puppets Up is putting us up! They've found us a lovely spot in Mississippi Mills to reside as we tour the area.

Jay Wilson performs "The Variety Show Two-Puppets Up Edition" It is a Vaudeville-style show full of surprises; songs from the 1920's, puppets from Greek mythology, storytelling provided by The Elocutionist and sound effects galore!

Aug 1-6, 2016 sees us performing The Variety Show Two, in senior's facilities 15 times over 6 days. 

The puppets and I will be absorbing some elder wisdom along the way.

Thank you Almonte, Nepean, Kanata, Ottawa, and Arnprior for welcoming Pandora's Sox once again.

This is our second year participating in the Puppets Up International Puppet Festival and we're looking forward to bringing a taste of this festival to those who might otherwise not be able to attend.

Ladies and Gentlemen...PUPPETS UP!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Elocutionist

I am hunkering down and putting together a new one-man show: "The Elocutionist". No puppets, no guitar. Just a man, a voice and some great great stories to tell. (plus a gazillion sound and lighting ques)

This show will make it's debut in October. More details to follow. Stay tuned. Most exciting news yet!!

August? 15 performances of The Variety Show Two in the Ottawa area. See the tour schedule for details.

Summer 2016!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Prometheus and Jay

Photo by Shawn De Salvo 
Shawn snapped this great picture of Prometheus and I doing Abbott and Costello's "Who's On First" at the Puppets Up International Puppet Festival Cabaret event last year.

We're back again this August 6, 2016 with an all new "adult" routine.

Monday, June 6, 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,  and "Mr. Bojangles" - Jerry Jeff Walker 1968 (tribute to Bill Robinson)

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!

Guelph Guild of Storytellers Tea and Tales July and August 2016

The Guelph Storytelling Guild has been very good to me, allowing me to try out new material and offering suggestions as I hone my storytelling skills.

Each summer they offer Tea and Tales a wonderful storytelling event on the banks of the Speed River at The Guelph Enabling Garden  located in beautiful Riverside Park. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an hours worth of storytelling Friday mornings 10:30 am. Free admission, but donations to the guild are welcome, if you feel so inclined. Oh and tea is available, of course.

Here is the line-up of entertainment for summer 2016:
July 15: Brad Woods with Michael Dougherty
July 22: Doug Larson
July 29: Donna McCaw
Aug 5: Brenda Lewis 
Aug 12: Jan Sherman
Aug 19: Jay Wilson and Ann Estill
Aug 29: Elizabeth Matson 
With drop-in tellers, Sya VanGeest, Brian Holstein and Beve Matson

Sunday, June 5, 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

Monday, May 30, 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 and The Gravenhurst Opera House.

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 meets her audienc
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...