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Jim West Puppets - Dinosaurs!Jim West Puppets - Dinosaurs!
Played 23rd November - 11th December, 2011 at PJ Live Arts
Special MELAKA Performances 28th & 29th November, 2011 at The Cheng Ho Cultural Museum
 
DINOSAURS! Master puppeteer Jim West, along with "Puppet Man" Jeremy Wingle, returned to delight us with classical music, dino-puppet making ideas and fun facts about dinosaurs - and with nothing more than a few old cardboard boxes and some great music, kept our young audiences enraptured! He and Jeremy held several - totally full - workshops for children and their parents, and taught them THE best way to recycle cardboard!
 
SYNOPSIS
Master puppeteer Jim West returns to delight us with classical music, dino-puppet making ideas and fun facts about dinosaurs in an engaging and funny performance for children ages 4-12.

The show is in four parts: Building a Tyrannosaurus Rex; a shadow tale about the Overaptor; a story about a little Brachiosaurus; and the finale, the construction of a huge Apatosaurus – all performed with a rich musical score by Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Stravinsky and Prokofiev. In-between the sections, our host, Fossil (the Dinosaur detective), interacts closely with Jim as he searches for his identity and exciting, new dino facts! This story is written especially for children aged 4 to 12, but adults will find the show thoroughly entertaining too!
 
CAST
JEANNETTE LONGWORTH pictureJIM WEST graduated from Otterbein College with a degree in drama, and he continued his studies in New York at the Herbert Berghof Studio and at Parsons School of Design. He
developed and performed the shadow puppets for the Metropolitan Opera's production of Manon and has appeared on “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,” introducing Fred Rogers and countless children to the art of creating hand shadows. For many years, Jim worked with award winning puppeteer, Marshall Izen. Together, Jim and Marshall co-authored Why the Willow Weeps, a Doubleday picture book, and recently won the Parents Choice Award for The Dog Who Sang at the Opera, a picture book for Harry Abrams Publishers. For over twenty years, Jim has performed nationally before hundreds of thousands of children. His current repertoire includes Aesop's Fables, Animal Crackers, Mozart, Monsters & Matisse, Pop-Ups, Puppets & Parades, Dinosaurs!, and his newest creation, Aesop’s Fables II.
 
SOPHIE ROCH pictureJEREMY A. WINGLE is a graduate of Point Park Conservatory of Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, PA. During his time in Pittsburgh he worked with Pittsburgh City Theatre, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre, and Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival. He is also received additional training at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and Regent’s College in London. http://www.jeremyawingle.com

MARSHALL IZEN, who co-created this production, has had a distinguished career performing for children. His work in television won him two Emmy Awards. Theatreworks/USA presented Marshall’s live children’s programs for over twenty years until he retired from national touring nine years ago. Since then, Izen, a lifelong pianist, has realized another career goal: a solo performance at Carnegie Hall!
 
CREW
Production Manager - Bebe Chan
Lighting Designer - Ee Chee Wei
Sound Operator - Bebe Chan
 
REVIEWS
New Sunday Times12/01/2009 The New Sunday Times Magazine by Lim Ang Nei
PUPPET-MAKING SHOWCASE
... It helped the audience see that certain puppets are really easy to make. ... I would encourage teachers to attend this puppet show. If possible bring your students... + more

New Sunday Times19/10/2011 The Daily Ossining
PUPPETS PERFORM AESOP'S FABLES
In a face-off with computer games, Jim West's puppet shows win hands down when it comes to entertaining kids Pre-K to grade four. Super Mario, consider yourself out-performed! + more