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. NEW SHOWS FOR EVERY SUMMER THEME

TWO SHOWS THIS SUMMER, AS WELL AS ANY FROM THE SHOW GUIDE, INCLUDING TALES & TUNES FROM MANY CULTURES–ASK
2017 THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT and NEW FAIRY TALE HOUSE CRAFT (Scroll down)

For the 2017 reading theme of houses, I’m offering two special programs. Also, some librarians have asked for multicultural tales and tunes to help families appreciate other people from other places.

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT PROGRAM: I’ll share stories and songs of these houses that represent so much more than a place. The characters model how to build a better world, through creativity & kindness. Remember, these shows use stories as the starting point for audience drama, chanting, songs, movement and dance, even costumes & visuals.

“Paco’s House for New Friends” is a charming tale drawn on a big board (supplied, and with help from kids in the audience). Paco builds rooms at his home in the dump for his new friends who are not wanted in their old homes–donkey, operatic goose (who gets a bathtub “swimming pool”) and more. Then the building inspector says he’ll tear it down! Can the arts council save it? With kind permission from Ramon Royal Ross and his book, Storyteller. Perfect for us in today’s world, any world, any time. Possibly on a felt board–to be determined over the winter.

Let’s rock out with the rhythm of Mother Goose’s House That Jack Built. With audience gestures, moves and repetition for each verse, we’re sure to crack up together! A classic! Funny.

In a dark, dark wood…There’s a fun haunted house poem with surprise ending.  JUMP! LAUGH!

I’ll sing, play ukulele and invite the audience to sing and dance (tba). The show is designed to be entertaining, able to engage and captivate the young listeners we see at libraries, as well as their wise older siblings and the tired grown-ups, by echoing & adding sound effects, too. Playful.  Variety for all ages.

Treasure house tale told through origami-always a hit, worth telling again and again, about the Brothers Long & Short. (Shhh–the treasure house revealed at the end is a house just for books–can you guess what it is?!)

Fairy Girl

FAIRY HOUSE CRAFT SHOW Fairy Girl

 

Fairy with glue hard at work

FAIRY HOUSE CRAFT PROGRAM A BIG HIT IN NEW MARLBOROUGH, MA! Try this one: I bring acorns, bark, natural materials, beads, glue, containers and poems and families make and take their very own Fairy Houses. It is super fun and lovely. You can’t believe how meditative it is to work with these lovely materials. Very popular! It would be wonderful if you could also collect small containers or natural materials, but you don’t have to! Book now for a lovely summer program. The boys loved it, too, in case you wondered.

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

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

FOR ADULTS–Your Very Own TRAVELING CABARET

The Little White House 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 http://maryjomaichack.com/cabaret/ 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.

 2016 This A-Way, Mezudio was Fun, Fun, Fun!

We danced around the world. Highlights include the grandmother who rocked with an African percussion shaker and curtsied in action wear,  two women from Nigeria who lit up when they recognized a dance (“Brown Girl in the Ring”) from their childhoods and moved and sang with inspiration, rooms full of all ages playing games and getting to know each other in a satisfying, old-fashioned way. No need for electronics, parents–just throw a large cloth into the room and watch the kids’ imaginations take over. You’ll be amazed. 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.