The Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre is a non-profit puppet theater committed to introducing young children and their families to a lifelong love of theater and the creative arts since 2001. They are among only 50 established puppet theaters listed by the Puppeteers of America (the only national organization of puppeteers, www.puppeteeers.org). Through puppet shows, puppet playgroups, family workshops, and special events, Goat on a Boat invites families in the community to be entertained and to become involved in their own cultural and creative education.
For more information go to goatonaboat.org
The Perils of Mr. Punch
“The Perils of Mr. Punch” follows the troubles and travails of puppetry’s favorite loudmouth, Mr. Punch. Nothing ever goes right-- his dog looks suspiciously like a skunk, his baby doesn’t behave, and crocodiles appear around every corner.
A lonely secretary remains in the office after everyone else has gone home. From her little corner, using photos from old film magazines, she escapes into a world of daydreams. There she is a glamorous movie star from the 1940s and finds her ideal love at last. But as the story unravels, as imagination and reality collide, her romantic tale becomes a Hitchcock nightmare!
This one-woman show reveals the obsessions and dangers of romantic fantasies. The language of black and white is transformed into the “low-tech” universe of paper cut-outs and object theatre, creating a tension that is absurd, painful and humorous.
Please note, Paper Cut is not a traditional Goat on a Boat show, and is intended for adult audiences only.
Fox Fables is a combination of several Aesop's Fables, inspired by the works of the 12th-century storyteller Rabbi Berechiah ha-Nakdan. The story is about a fox who loses his precious tail and with it his identity. He tries to be several other animals instead - with hilarious results - before realizing the moral lesson of this ancient fable.
Saturday, March 16
Meet the Fairy Tailor, hard at work in her enchanted shop, where dressing racks and laundry baskets are known to have a mind of their own. Watch as she transforms everyday garments into extraordinary characters, and shares stories of bravery, from “Little Red Riding Hood(ie),” to “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” With the audience’s help, the Fairy Tailor summons the courage to take a stand against a giant, crafting a solution that combines cleverness with creativity. This colorful, interactive production is guaranteed to inspire audiences of all ages.
Saturday, March 23
World Puppetry Day
CactusHead Puppets presents a Circus like no other! Join in as the Monsters’ Caretaker guides you through the world of monsters, and maybe even lend the monsters a hand yourself. Enjoy the Thrills of the Clarissa the Crested Cannon! Experience the Chills of Eustace the Uni-Browed, Uni-cycling, Uni-monster as he tackles the Sinister Snake Slack-rope! All this and more in The Magnificent Monster Circus!
Join Goat on a Boat and CactusHead Puppets for a FREE puppet making workshop after the performance to celebrate World Puppetry Day!
Saturday, March 30
The Chicken Show
Henrietta, the singing chicken longs to be a star on Broadway but the Mean Ol' Farmer is going to put her in a stew if she doesn't produce an egg by morning. Find out how Henrietta, with the help of her friends learns to believe in herself to make her dreams come true.
Free Puppet Show performances for school groups!
April 8 - 9
9:30am & 11am
Puppets: Page to Stage offers a series of four FREE puppet shows by Goat on a Boat at Bay Street Theater geared towards first and second grade classes from local schools. The run-time of the performance is approximately 40 minutes. Additionally, classes may participate in a question and answer session with the puppeteer following the performance. Upon booking, teachers will receive an Educator Resource Guide for the show that includes learning activities, lessons and enrichment extensions designed for Pre- and Post-performance and are aligned with NY Common Core Learning Standards in Science, ELA, Math, DASA, STEM, and STEAM.
Time travel back to 15th Century Italy, where young Leonardo Da Vinci is an apprentice in the studio of the great Master Andrea del Verrocchio, the foremost painter, and sculptor of his day. Inspired by all the books, tools, charts, artwork and maps around him, Leonardo is drawn to the world of science and uses his sense of invention to build a machine that flies.
Robert became fascinated and captivated by the art of puppetry at a very early age. Growing up in and around New York City with parents who were avid theatergoers, he was taken to experience the wonderful Bil Baird Marionette Theater in Greenwich Village; to see the prestigious Sergei Obraztsov troupe on tour from Russia; as well as performances by the classic Bunraku Puppet Theater of Japan, and the traditional Wayang Golek of Indonesia. These were life changing events that sent him on a course of artistic discovery that continues to today.
After more than thirty years, hundreds of puppets and dozens of productions, Robert Rogers and his puppets have been privileged to make thousands of appearances in performing arts centers, universities, museums and schools across the country. Internationally, he has appeared in the Neopolis Children's Theater Festival in Nabeul, Tunisia; the Global Puppet Theater Festival in Kaohsiung, Taiwan; the World Puppet Festival in Prague, the Czech Republic; the Puppets Up! Festival in Almonte, Canada; the Children's Palace in Beijing, the People's Republic of China; and FANA, the Foundation for the Assistance of Abandoned Children in Bogota, Colombia.
Besides being an accomplished theater producer, director, playwright and designer, Robert has devoted much time to teaching young people the art of puppetry as a means of self-expression, and has been an advocate of integrating the performing arts into the public school curriculum. In 1999 he established The American Puppetry Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students explore topics of study in the classroom by means of puppet-making and dramatic arts workshops and residencies.
Robert received his B.F.A. from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He is also an accomplished cellist, and a member of Sertoma International, a civic and philanthropic organization.