Summer Shows

Check out the Show Guide from the Home page for many themes to fit your library’s needs,  for all ages, all year round. Scroll down for adult programs, too. 2019 A Universe of Stories
Choose from these three programs and see the show guide for this theme. I recommend 

Sun, Moon, Stars, Shine! It’s a crowd pleaser, with stories, songs and feather-boa dress up celebrating folkloric visions of the cosmos! But there’s more–

New Make & Take Your Own Moonscape Puppet Theater! 

This looks so cool–no kidding! I bring prepared card stock, templates to color, popsicle sticks and other supplies* to make it fun and easy for your patrons to make a beautiful and clever puppet theater of a rocket ship, alien and astronaut on the moon. The popsicle stick puppets slide through the landscape. VERY COOL! They will also get professional tips on how to make up their own stories to use with it.

What I think is really special about this 
Or phone me at 413-532-3667 or Cell: 413-563-3950

OR  Learn How to Tell a Story Workshop! Cool and Empowering, Fun–learn how to tell a story! MJ brings fun examples (orally) with warm-up games to get everyone feeling free and happy. You’ll definitely know a story or 2 or 3 to take home. Family program. (Or just for adults!)

See Show Guide for details, or email Phone: 413-532-3667. Mary Jo will write you an LCC grant in Mass. Deadline is Oct. 15th each year, so contact MJ ahead of time, please.


Mary Jo Maichack is the great niece of Vaudevillian, Annette Dare

Mary Jo Maichack is the great niece of Vaudevillian, Annette Dare


Songs of the Moon & Me Cabaret Show

Turn your room into a cabaret. It’s easy and patrons love it! As seen at Cranwell Resort, Colonial Theatre, Mission Bar & Tapas, Loomis Village, Lakeville, Southwick, Palmer & Norton MA Libraries, Nantucket Yacht Club, retirement communities…. See cabaret page for video samples. (We bring keyboard and turn your room into an intimate cabaret-style concert.) This is a very special program.

Lakeville Arts Council collaborated with the Lakeville Library and turned their room into a cabaret with black table cloths, mocktails named after local points of interest (“Betty’s Neck-tar”), and their patrons sipped by candlelight. Nantucket used the cabaret as their most successful fundraiser. Ask for the brochure (hard copy or via email).

Check out all the shows on the SHOW GUIDE page.

Ask for beautiful, professional fliers and press releases to save you time and garner a bigger audience.

  Preschoolers Love to Move–and They Dance, Do Handplay and more in MJ’s Preschool Palooza Find more reviews on the review page: Hi Mary Jo, A note to say thank you for a very successful performance and kick off celebration to Dream Big-READ.  You were a great start to our summer reading program.  I enjoyed your performance as well as the children did.  You were splendid to work with!! Regards, Bernadette (West Haven, CT Library)



“Kudos on a lively performance! The children loved the participation opportunities and your upbeat personality. I highly recommend you.”–Yvonne Coleman, Winchester MA Library

Pictured left: a typical act-it-out story, with musical refrain for the audience as chorus. Everyone comes alive when volunteers come to the stage in this managed improv.