Production Begins!

Deborah and I put on our painting pants and got to work on our puppet theatre yesterday!  We will have a mad rush in the coming weeks to prepare our first presentation of The Girl Giant and the Farmer on the afternoon of Saturday October 18th at Casa del Popolo, as part of a co-presented puppetry cabaret with Café Concret and Festival Phénomena…so Stay Tuned!

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The Stage is in Progress!

Ceci n’est pas un castelet, but it will be soon!  The very talented J. Gordaneer is working with Debbie and I to construct the Flying Box puppet theatre.  We’re excited to finally be standing on the boards and figuring things out!  stage sept 13 002

A Little Taste of our Tales

I’ve been taking a bit of time in the past day or two to record myself telling a few of the Schonwerth Tales, since one of the rewards for all the generous donors to our fundraiser last month will be a recording of one of our favourite stories. I still have some re-recording and editing work to do, but I thought I’d share a rough version of a very short story from the collection here.

This story, called The Moon in the Fountain, is not really a fairytale – it’s more of a legend or folktale – and it’s actually pretty typical of the kind of stories the Schonwerth collected. It’s a tall tale to tell around the fireside, warning youngsters of the dangers of gathering water by moonlight…


Fundraiser Successful!

Thank you thank you to all of our donators to the August 2014 Stage-raiser campaign!  We made it to our goal, and that means we can now build our portable puppet theatre!  WAHOO! Keep following us here on our blog to see our progress.   thankyou fundraiserflying print narrow

For those who are interested our final total is 1208.60$ — eight and a half bucks over our original goal, fancy that!  Let’s get building!

Fundraiser Update

Hello Friends and Flying Box Theatre Supporters!  We are so happy with how our stage-raiser campaign is going.  We’re hovering around 80% of our $1200 goal, and there are still a few days left until the September 1st deadline!

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Donations continue to trickle in, and we are at 17 online funders in total as I type.  We also hosted a fundraiser barbecue in the park last weekend, which gave Debbie and I a good excuse to throw a performance together and which also raised another bit of cash to put towards building our stage.

It’s time for the last sprint to the finish line!  If you’ve been thinking about donating, now is the time.  Even a few dollars will go a long way in our thrifty puppeteer’s budget.

We’ve made plenty of projects with nothing but scavenged cardboard and love, but we are stepping it up a notch this time with a custom designed, portable, versatile, sturdy and beautiful puppet theatre.  We plan to use this little flying home to tell many stories and to entertain and enchant people all around our city and beyond, beginning in a few short months.  Help make these plans a reality by donating this weekend!

❤ ❤ ❤ Thank you so much for your support ❤ ❤ ❤

Debbie and Jesse

The Beautiful BBQ

Thank you to everyone who came out to our barbecue fundraiser event last Saturday in Montreal!
bbq crankiebbq crankie kidsSome very sweet children and adults watched (and assisted!) Debbie and I perform a crankie show (a story-on-a-scroll), and the two girls pictured above left had some things to say.  “She is the sun,” the girl in pink declared, “and I’m the moon!”  They also gave us sage advice for future show-creation:  less talking please, and more puppets!bbq-motionMy talented cartoonist friend Meghan Lands did us the honour of illustrating her time at the bbq!  Check out her work here!

Photos courtesy of another talented friend: Peter Nevins.


BBQ Tomorrow!

I am working on a Flying Box print …but can I manage to have it printed and ready by the Flying Box Theatre BBQ Fundraiser this Saturday August 23rd 2014?

It’s anyone’s guess!  This and other answers await you at the barbeque in  the Champs des Possibles, 5-8pm.  There will be musical guests, a brand new crankie show, and homemade sauerkraut!flying box draft print 02

By the way–tonnes of other stuff is happening tomorrow in the -des Possibles world, which we are totally crashing:

Bioblitz in Champs des Possibles from 10am – 4pm

The Marché des Possibles has loads of events all day!