Join us as local artists from Good Hearted Entertainment bring their world premiere performance of "Word Play" to Puppet Showplace Theater. Adventure through the alphabet as letters and words come to life to foster early literacy and a love of reading in children. Plus, it's a ton of fun!
This program was developed with support from Puppet Showplace Theater's Incubator Program.
Wed - Fri, July 27-29 at 10:30am & 1pm
Sat, July 30 at 10:30am, 1pm, & 7pm
"Word Play" uses clowning and puppetry to take audiences on an adventure through the alphabet. Words come to life in the hands of two skilled performers, who clown around with sounds and colorful puppet letters to create dozens of dynamic, interactive characters and imaginative scenes. Audiences can make friends with vowels, teach tricks to a “C-A-T” and “D-O-G,” and visit a Word Zoo full of surprises. It’s the perfect blend of education and entertainment—a play on words, literally!
About the Artists
Honey Goodenough (Clown/Puppeteer) is a puppeteer, educator, and children’s party entertainer. Her company, Good Hearted Entertainment is dedicated to creating quality entertainment and educational programs for families and children of all ages. WORD PLAY is inspired by her own educational journey with dyslexia, which has given her a unique perspective on literacy. As a teaching artist she has worked with diverse student populations in greater Boston, New York City, Vermont, and Texas. She has taught a wide variety of professional development courses for educators and aspiring puppeteers at Brooklyn College, the University of Utah, and City College CUNY. Honey is also a trained marionette performer and has toured nationally with The National Marionette Theater, Frisch Marionettes, and she has produced and performed in Puppet Slams across the country. She holds an MA in Educational Theater from New York University, and a BA in Theater Crafts and Technology from the University of Texas, Austin. http://www.honeygoodenough.com
Harry LaCoste (Clown/Puppeteer) is a performer, teacher and rocks a ukulele. After working behind the scenes on Sesame Street, he was inspired to try his hand at puppeteering. Since then, Harry has performed all over the country with puppets including with NYC-based puppet improv team,Team Lopez, and cofounded Total Feltdown, a new team featured recently at ImprovBoston. During the day, he travels to 21 different Bright Horizons Day Care Centers as an enrichment teacher using puppets, songs, and magic tell stories and inspire creativity. His fuzzy yellow friend, Good News Gus, makes personalized videos to share exciting news with the world. Gus has appeared at the Kids Really Rock Festival at the Lawn on D and will be at the New England Festy at Prowse Farm this September. (www.goodnewsgus.com)
Paul Watkins is a composer and trombonist from San Jose, CA. He holds a Master of Music degree in composition from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in music and psychology from the University of CA, Davis. His music has been performed by such esteemed groups as the Meridian Arts Ensemble, Empyrean Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, and the Freya String Quartet, among others. Paul also has had the great fortune to work with a number of puppet artists in the New England area in creating incidental music for their works. These include "Word Play" by Good Hearted Entertainment, "Robin Hood" by Brad Shur, and several short pieces developed at the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT.