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Madcap Productions

Artist's Narrative

 Madcap Productions For 35 years, Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre has brought together giant puppets (up to 12 ft. tall), professionally trained actors, and imaginative children's theater scripts.  All performances are designed to provide a rich theatrical experience for the audience as well as a new and challenging view of the art of puppetry.  Each year, Madcap's skilled actors/puppeteers tour schools and libraries across a twenty state region.

Recent Feedback From Schools

"We are a literature based alternative school and Madcap Productions emphasized literature as part of their performance. The students were very engaged with the creativity and antics. Before the show many of the classrooms learned about Mark Twain so they were able to relate and make connections by seeing the story acted out using life size puppets."


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Availability

See descriptions for availability.
Fees listed are for Columbus-area schools. This group is based in Cincinnati.

Programs Available

Aesop's Classic Fables (Grade levels K-6)

In the bountiful array of children's literature, no author is better known and respected than the Greek storyteller, Aesop. Using animals as characters, he served up life lessons and morals in a tasty and digestible cupcake of a story. In Madcap's production, Aesop is an old man recalling three of our best-loved stories re-told by a cast of puppets - and you! Stories Include: The Tortoise and the Hare, Lion and the Mouse and The Boy Who Cried Wolf.


Available December through May 21, 2017

Activity Options:
Aesop's Classic Fables
  • Duration: 45 min. show + Q&A
  • Fees: $650/ $1050 for two
  • Requirements: 20' x 20' x 10' performance space, cleared
    6' or 8' banquet table
    Two chairs
    Access to an open electrical outlet
    Access to a changing area before and after the performance
    Exclusive access to performance area one hour before the audience is seated

Monkey See, Monkey Do (Grades Level K-6)

There’s no business like monkey business! Max and Vinnie are expert zookeepers, but keeping the rascally monkeys from getting into trouble is easier said than done. When Mr. Cleaver, the zoo manager, decides to send one of the monkeys to another zoo, it’s time for their great escape! Go with the monkeys as they explore new exhibits at the zoo. Each one is a backdrop for exciting stories from around the world. ​

Stories include: The Elephant Queen (Swahili), The Mexican Singing Toad (Mexico), and The Peddler and the Monkeys.

 

Available September through May 21, 2017

Activity Options:
Monkey See, Monkey Do
  • Duration: 45 min. show + Q&A
  • Fees: $650/ $1050 for two
  • Requirements: 20' x 20' x 10' performance space, cleared
    6' or 8' banquet table
    Two chairs
    Access to an open electrical outlet
    Access to a changing area before and after the performance
    Exclusive access to performance area one hour before the audience is seated

Madcap's Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Grade levels K-6)

The lanky schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, can’t decide what’s worse in the glen of Sleepy Hollow, the headless horseman or the silliest of ghosts, the horseless headman. To complicate matters, Ichabod unwittingly vies with the local brute, Brom Bones, for the affections of Katrina Van Tassal. Ichabod endures a series of pranks and ghost stories, only to find himself on the ride of his life in this hilarious version of Washington Irving’s classic short story.

A video preview of this performance can be seen here: https://youtu.be/tYE3ztopyUc

Available October 2016 only

Activity Options:
Madcap's Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Duration: 45 min. show + Q&A
  • Fees: $650/ $1050 for two
  • Requirements: 20' x 20' x 10' performance space, cleared
    6' or 8' banquet table
    Two chairs
    Access to an open electrical outlet
    Access to a changing area before and after the performance
    Exclusive access to performance area one hour before the audience is seated

Jumping Over the Moon: The Puppet Musical! (Grade levels K-6)

The creepy party guests (the audience) have already arrived when two vaudeville actors, Sigmund and Alex, enter a mysterious old house to perform at a birthday party. They’re astonished to discover the party is for a baby monster! Thinking fast on their feet, they entertain with twists on traditional rhymes fit for a monster party.  The audience helps Sigmund and Alex with their hilarious musical numbers to appease the mischievous child in all of us.

 

Available November 14th through May 21, 2017

Activity Options:
Jumping Over the Moon: The Puppet Musical!
  • Duration: 45 min. show + Q&A
  • Fees: $650/ $1050 for two
  • Requirements: 20' x 20' x 10' performance space, cleared
    6' or 8' banquet table
    Two chairs
    Access to an open electrical outlet
    Access to a changing area before and after the performance
    Exclusive access to performance area one hour before the audience is seated

Monsters of Baseball (Grade levels K-6)

The sign at the ball park says "No Monsters Allowed!", but that doesn't stop Roscoe from sneaking a little monster named Gus in to see a baseball game. It seems they're not alone as more monsters begin slipping into the ball park to join the fun. Giant puppets bring the history and tradition of baseball alive through songs, stories and poems. There's room for everyone, including the audience, to celebrate America's favorite past time.

Stories Include: Casey at the Bat, Who’s on First?

A video preview of this performance can be seen here: https://youtu.be/l5AiVCz89U8

Available March 1st through May 22, 2017

Activity Options:
Monsters of Baseball
  • Duration: 45 min. show + Q&A
  • Fees: $650/ $1050 for two
  • Requirements: 20' x 20' x 10' performance space, cleared
    6' or 8' banquet table
    Two chairs
    Access to an open electrical outlet
    Access to a changing area before and after the performance
    Exclusive access to performance area one hour before the audience is seated

Workshops: Puppets on the Run (Grade levels PreK - 4)

During this "hands-on" workshop each student builds his or her own masterpiece puppet to take home!

Grades PreK-4. Maximum 25 children per workshop. Suitable for scout groups camps, youth programs and more! 60 minutes.)

Activity Options:
Puppets-on-the-Run
  • Duration: 60 min.
  • Fees: $230 *Material fees and travel fees may apply.
  • Requirements: 25 students max.

Residencies (Grade levels K-8)

Customizable visits from our artist-in-residence
Looking for a way to entertain and educate children in the arts? What better way than giant puppets and a professional puppeteer? Our residency artist comes to your organization for one to two weeks of hands-on arts education.

Structure and Length
The structure of a Madcap residency is flexible to allow for an experience suited to your organization's learning objectives and number of participants. The length of residency will vary from one week to two weeks depending on the number of students.

Content and Objectives
I. Introduction to Puppet Theatre and Storytelling
(Grades K-5. Maximum 400 students for a one-week program)

Students are drawn into the incredible world of puppet theatre and the oral tradition of storytelling and are encouraged to create their own stories. They will participate in a storytelling/performance experience that includes puppet manipulation, drama and movement. If there is time in the schedule, the artist may work with a small core group of students to create an exciting performance for the final assembly!

II. Puppet Construction and Manipulation
(Grades PreK–8)

This residency is a hands-on approach to puppet building! Students create their own puppet and, if time allows, learn puppet manipulation and vocal techniques. Best of all, at the end of the week, each student will have his/her own puppet masterpiece to take home!

Activity Options:
Introduction to Puppet Theatre and Storytelling
  • Duration: 1-2 weeks
  • Fees: $3,200/ one week; $6,000/ two weeks * if the weeks are successive (material and travel fees may apply)
Puppet Construction and Manipulation
  • Duration: 1-2 weeks
  • Fees: $3,200/ one week; $6,000/ two weeks * if the weeks are successive (material and travel fees may apply)