|Photo by: Curtis Johnson|
Joe Cashore of Cashore Marionettes had the soft toned voice of a longtime family doctor, when he introduced his program, Simple Gifts earlier this week. He opened the show with a quick little anecdote about what inspired the scene that we were about to see. Because of the soft lighting on him and his steady voice, it got me really relaxed and at ease. When the show started and he began making the different characters come to life it shocked me and woke me out of my relaxed state into one of complete alertness. I quickly realized that his mastery is not only in being able to move the numerous strings to make something “come alive” but his understanding of how other people feel. So, I guess that’s what we’d call empathy in physical form! From the worn-out mother of a newborn to a homeless man on the street and a stereotypical glam rock star, through slight movement of the hand he gave each puppet a personality making me forget that he was even standing on the stage.
I always find that when performances such as the Cashore Marionettes are “recommended for grades 4-12” I tend to love them the most. It seems that the performances for children are always much more didactic rather than being just pure entertainment (I love it when there is a moral to the story or something instructional). I feel that we can all still learn at any age. Really, in my experience, all Mondavi Center events are enjoyable for people of all ages! Don’t ever miss a show just because it says the show is for children. You just may think it’s the best performance you’ve seen yet!
The next Children’s Stage event is Lara Downes Family Concert, Gertrude McFuzz, Carnival of the Animals and more! on Sunday, May 19 at 3PM
Bridgétt Rangel-Rexford is the winner of the 2012–13 winner of the Mondavi Center Golden Ticket Social Media Contest. Chosen to be the social media storyteller for our 10th anniversary season, Bridgétt will blog about her experiences at Mondavi Center performances throughout the season. You can also check out her Sun Queen Blog.