Tall Tales: Stories and Songs from Old New England

by Brad Shur and Chris Monti

Have you ever wanted to sing along with a sea shanty?  Or dive deep into a fox’s den?  Then come along on this whirlwind tour of New England's tallest tales! Along the way, you'll make Thomas Jefferson the world's largest wheel of cheese, sail the ocean with the legendary giant sailor Alfred Bulltop Stormalong, and meet a very fashionable bear by the name of Jenny Jenkins. Drawing from three hundred years of stories, songs, and local history, there is sure to be something for everyone in this fun and interactive show! 

Recommended for ages 4+

About the Performer

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BRAD SHUR is a versatile puppeteer who has created and performed characters made of everything from pixels to papier mache. As the Resident Artist at Puppet Showplace Theater he performs regularly and teaches puppetry classes to students of all ages, Pre-K to adult. As protégé of master puppeteer Paul Vincent Davis, Brad trained extensively in glove puppetry and currently performs two of Davis’ classic shows at venues across New England. Brad’s original works include “Robin Hood,” "The Carrot Salesman," "Dr. Doohickey and the Monster Machine," "Tall Tales " and "The Magic Soup and Other Stories," featured at the Puppeteers of America National Festival 2013. In January 2016, he also debuted "Cardboard Explosion!" an interactive puppetry performance made entirely from cardboard. Prior to becoming the Resident Artist at Puppet Showplace, Brad toured the country as a performer with Big Nazo (Rhode Island), Wood & Strings Theatre (Tennessee) and The PuppeTree (Vermont). As a builder Brad has designed and fabricated puppets for American Idol, Dollywood, Avenue Q, and the U.S.S. Constitution Museum. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

CHRIS MONTI is a writer, singer, and musician based in Providence, RI. He has released three records: Home, Locust Grove, and Swampland Flowers on CMO Records. Chris has opened for and toured with country-blues great Paul Geremia, and has had the pleasure of playing music with the Providence Wholebellies (led by harmonica wizard Chris Turner), with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, and with composer Steve Jobe (playing the gigantic Bosch Hurdy-Gurdy). Monti regularly performs for children all over New England in schools, hospitals, and community settings. In addition to guitar, Monti plays harmonica, banjo, mandolin, dobro, piano, lap steel, and kazoo.


For pricing and schedule availability, please contact Paul Watkins at 617-731-6400 x 101 or e-mail boxoffice@puppetshowplace.org.