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of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002
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Amherst’s Picture Book Theatre Presents: Leo Lionni’s

Geraldine, the Music Mouse and Tico and the Golden Wings

(Amherst, MA—October 20, 2014)--The award-wining Picture Book Theatre is back at The Carle this November with Geraldine, the Music Mouse and Tico and the Golden Wings, Saturdays;  November 8, 15 and 22 (2:00 pm); Friday November 28 and Saturday November 29 (2:00 pm and 3:00 pm). Performances are 45 minutes long. Tickets are $6 for nonmembers, $5 for members and can be reserved in advance by calling the Museum’s front desk at 413-658-1126. A new ticket is available which includes a savings on museum admission.   Now in its ninth season, Picture Book Theatre brings picture books to life with costumes, large puppets, dancers and stick puppets.

Produced by the Museum with additional funds from the Amherst Cultural Council, PBT is directed by Therese Brady Donohue. The first show featuring stick puppets is based on the original illustrations for Geraldine, the Music Mouse by Leo Lionni.  Most readers know Lionni for his books about Frederick the mouse, but this book is his only book about a little girl mouse and her first understanding of music. Using stick puppets, PBT will bring the story of Geraldine alive with recorded music by Karen A. Tarlow of Shutesbury and with recorded narration by author Jane Yolen of Hatfield. The twelve minute show is particularly suitable for very young children, but with its effects that bring the story alive, children of all ages as well as adults will enjoy this performance.

In addition to Geraldine, PBT will perform its dance and puppet production of Lionni’s Tico and the Golden Wings that premiered at the Museum in 2007 and revived in 2010 when it won the Gold Star Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  In addition to the cast with young dancers from Amherst Ballet and Ranjana Devi, there will be Eastern Indian choreography by Abolee Montanari.  PBT commissioned Easthampton artist Nancy Young to create a special fabric puppet who opens the performance. Puppeteers will bring this story alive in a full stage presentation combining dancers with a new Wishingbird puppet restaged for this production.

A special book project supported by donations promotes literacy and enables PBT to distribute a paperback copy of one of the stories to each family attending public performances and each school child attending Monday shows. Reservations are recommended by calling the Museum at (413) 658-1126.  PBT will give special performances for schools that have signed up on November 3, 17 and 24.  Students will also tour the Museum and enjoy a project in the Museum’s Art Studio.

ABOUT PICTURE BOOK THEATRE

Blending string and stick puppets, puppeteers, and young dancers, Picture Book Theatre, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, brings to life the stories of Eric Carle and Leo Lionni. Favorite stories such as A House for Hermit Crab and Tico and the Golden Wings magically appear on stage and delight not only children, but audiences of all ages. A professional intergenerational company, this year it is using six senior citizens as puppeteers and four young dancers ages 10-13. For more information please visit www.picturebooktheatre.com

ABOUT THERESE BRADY DONOHUE

Therese Brady Donohue, is the founder of Amherst Ballet in 1971 and retired in 2004. She founded Picture Book Theatre in 2006. She is known internationally for her creativity, choreography, masks, and costumes. She created public programs in dance for the National Gallery of Art based on Joan Miro and the paper cutouts of Henri Matisse. At the request of the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum, she created a program based on Jean Dubuffet, performed during a retrospective exhibit of his work. She produced The Very Lonely Firefly and The Honeybee and the Robber for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art while Special Projects Director at Amherst Ballet. Her first post-retirement productions for her new company include Eric Carle’s A House for Hermit Crab, Leo Lionni’s Tico and the Golden Wings, and Carle’s The Very Lonely Firefly and Rooster’s Off to See the World. Her 2007 Tico production was awarded the Massachusetts Council of the Arts Gold Star Award for excellence in community arts and culture.   

ABOUT KAREN A. TARLOW

Composer Karen A. Tarlow has collaborated with Therese Brady Donohue for almost thirty years since their first ballet Uncle Wiggily and the Duck Pond written by Mabel Garis for Amherst Ballet Theatre Company in 1979. Recent collaborations include the music for Eric Carle's The Very Lonely Firefly and The Honeybee and the Robber with Amherst Ballet, and for Picture Book Theatre she has written the music for all eight productions. Since 1977 Ms. Tarlow has written for a wide range of vocal and instrumental forces, including solo and chamber works, ballets, choral music, and music for orchestra. She was Assistant Professor of Music Theory at UMass Amherst before her retirement. Ms. Tarlow holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Composition from Boston University, and is a member of ASCAP. Her music is published by E.C. Schirmer, the Seesaw Press, and Treble Clef Music.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM

The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books.  The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world.  In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. 

Eric and Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002.  Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren.  Its extensive resources include a collection of more than 12,000 picture book illustrations, three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren.  Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country.  Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m.  Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks.  Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four.  For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org.

 

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