Monday, February 20, 2017

Winterloo 2017 Puppets and Songs!

Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First"

Puppets and Songs is a non-stop collection of songs, skits, gags and puppets.

You can delight in these playful puppet antics at Winterloo in Waterloo.

Meet Valerie, a mime artist, Lionel, a shy lion, Boo, a ghost who needs your help, Pandora and Prometheus, from Greek mythology and special guest Petunia, her feature being her tail! They'll all be joining Jay for songs, skits, jokes, theatre and play.
Sat Feb 25 and Sunday Feb 26. Four shows daily, at 12noon, 1PM, 2PM, and 3PM.

Performance location The Train Station at 10 David Bauer Drive, Waterloo ON

Stay warm by the fire - admission free.

Puppets inside!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Live summer theatre in Guelph 2017

The Guelph Museum presents the 2017 Backyard Theatre Project

 "Guelph In Postcards - The McCrae Years (1872-1918)"

"Guelph in Postcards" takes to the stage July 2017.

Audition information, Designer and Production Crew recruitment will be posted soon. If you're an actor, designer, theatre technician or performing arts booster with an interest in local history, I would like to hear from you.

You can read more about Guelph In Postcards HERE

Saturday, February 18, 2017

March Break 2017 Collingwood

Pandora and Prometheus are particularly excited about these upcoming performances of Puppets and Songs.

We've participated in Theatre Collingwood's March Break Drama Camp before and puppeteer Jay has enjoyed quite a performance history in Collingwood. It is a special treat for us to be invited back and we hope you will come and join the fun.

You can catch a performance or enjoy an entire week  of theatre arts! More information about Theatre Collingwood HERE

The puppets love drama camp. It is their favourite thing to do.

Open the box! Pandora's Sox!

Prometheus is so excited, he's gone and contacted his older friends and now we've also been invited to perform The Variety (vaudeville-style) Show at Bay Haven and Blue Mountain Manor. Tour Schedule HERE

Thursday, December 8, 2016

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.

Tuesday, December 6, 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 2, 2016

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