Category Archives: Puppetry

The Stuffed Animal Halloween Show

There are two ways to enjoy the show, either Join on Zoom or Watch Anytime! Please make a contribution of $5 or more to support Dreamland Arts.

Read the details below and then scroll down to complete the form and select your viewing options. You’ll receive an email with all the details!

Join on Zoom
– Friday, October 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm Central
– Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 4:00 pm Central
Join Zip the chipmunk and his plushie pals on Zoom! Kids are invited to wear their costumes and dress their stuffed animals in costume too! Watch a delightful video recording, interact in fun trick or treat activities, and top it all off at a live tiny tea party where you can meet Zip and the whole gang on Zoom. (45 minutes)

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Watch Anytime
Video available until Saturday, October 31, 2020.
Watch a video recording (tea party not included) anytime until October 31, 2020! Watch The Stuffed Animal Halloween Show with your own costumed crowd during daytime daycare, for school parties, or at home for your own trick or treat event on Halloween night. (30 minutes)

The Stuffed Animal SPRING Show, on Zoom

Date: Sun, May 3, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Duration: 30 minutes
Ages: 3+
Tickets: Free. Contributions to support Dreamland Arts are welcome.
Registration: Click on “Join the Fun” below. After you register, you will receive an email confirmation of your ticket purchase with the Zoom Meeting details.
Format: This performance will be presented on Zoom in a Meeting format. Attendees will have the option to interact with the performer or participate only as observers.

The Stuffed Animal SPRING Show, on Zoom
Hosted by Leslye Orr

The Stuffed Animal Show is an interactive theater experience (now on Zoom) for children ages 3+ and their stuffed animals. Kids and their plushies virtually join Zip the chipmunk and his friends to celebrate the onset of Spring. Leslye Orr animates the whole gang with wacky sounds and voices while also sharing creative ideas for imaginative play. A tiny-sized tea party for all stuffed animals follows each performance.

Technical things you will need:
– A phone, tablet or computer for viewing
– Internet browser or the free Zoom App
– A broadband internet connection is preferred

Fun things to have (all items are Optional):
– A table for the kids to set their stuffed animals
– A regular umbrella
– A doll-size umbrella (for a surprise)
– Doll-size dishes for the tea party

Reviews from our preview performance.

“I could not be more grateful for her [Leslye’s] insight and creativity in engaging our kids. She’s the Fred Rogers of our neighborhood.” – Sarah D., St. Paul

“My son absolutely loved preparing for the Zoom video, getting his whole stuffed animal stage set, and then when he watched her change her sets, he continued to change his. Thank you Leslye for the virtual theater!” – Natalie W., Chicago

“Leslye helped us find our voices!” – Cobbler and Rainbow (stuffed animals), St. Paul

The Stuffed Animal HALLOWEEN Show

Date: [Sorry, this show has been cancelled]. Sun, Oct 13, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
Run Time: 45 minutes
Age Requirement: Ages 3+
Tickets: $7 (stuffed animals get in for free)


The Stuffed Animal HALLOWEEN Show

The stuffed animals, with the help of the kids, have fun on Halloween! Kids are invited to wear costumes and bring their stuffed animals in costumes too! Stuffed animals go Trick-or Treating, enjoy a hay ride and find a mystery haunted house!!

Hosted by Leslye Orr, The Stuffed Animal Show is an interactive theater experience for children ages 3+ and their stuffed animals. Kids bring their own plushy, or get one from our grab bag, and join Zip the chipmunk and his friends. Leslye Orr animates the whole gang with wacky sounds and voices while also sharing creative ideas for imaginative play. A tiny-sized tea party for all stuffed animals follows each performance.

 

Diggity Dog Days

Dates: Fri-Sun, July 12-14, 2019 (Fri-Sat at 7:30pm and Sun at 2:00pm)
Tickets: $15
Age Recommendation: Ages 10+
Duration: 1 hr., no intermission

MPR Art Hounds: A dog’s tale of love and grief

Diggity Dog Days                                              Photo: Bruce Silcox
a puppet show about an irrepressible dog and his aging owner
created and performed solo by Margo McCreary
with live music and original songs composed by Marya Hart,
and drums and percussion by Bruce Wintervold
directed by Zaraawar Mistry

When changes in his aging owner’s life begin to affect his everyday routine, Jack the dog responds doggedly, causing confusion and distress for all. An unexpected adventure to the dog park threatens to only make matters worse, but a brood of neighborly urban chickens intervenes to save the day! Set to a jazzy score with lively original songs, Diggity Dog Days is a paw-lickin’ good frolic on heartache and hope.

Diggity Dog Days premiered at Dreamland Arts in 2011. It has been presented with a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Tour Grant in 2012 at such locations as The Regional Cultural Arts Center in New York Mills, MN, The Playground in Duluth, MN and The Dreamery in Wykoff, MN and will be seen at the 2019 National Puppetry Festival in Minneapolis.

Margo McCreary is a Twin Cities puppeteer. She started with “In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre” back in the 70’s. Independent since 1980, Margo performs original puppet shows and teaches puppetry as an artist/ educator. She has been fortunate to collaborate with other talented directors, performers musicians and technicians for the past 35 years.

Movement grabs me. I am practiced in the world of bringing objects to life with movement, voice, and spark of spirit in the moment. I believe that my creations mirror the generosity of life, and, as an artist, it is this that I want to share with others. My work can be edgy and humorous, but I consider it compost for our earthy spirits!” – Margo McCreary

The Stuffed Animal WINTER Show

Date: Sun, Feb 17, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
Run Time: 45 minutes
Age Requirement: Ages 3+
Tickets: $7 (stuffed animals get in for free)

The Stuffed Animal WINTER Show
The stuffed animals celebrate winter fun by sliding down a big snow-hill, going ice skating and hurling snowballs in stuffed animal style right on stage.

Hosted by Leslye Orr, The Stuffed Animal Show is an interactive theater experience for children ages 3+ and their stuffed animals. Kids bring their own plushy, or get one from our grab bag, and join Zip the chipmunk and his friends. Leslye Orr animates the whole gang with wacky sounds and voices while also sharing creative ideas for imaginative play. A tiny-sized tea party for all stuffed animals follows each performance.