The Maritime Marionettes performs the classic folktale “The Bremen Town Musicians” at the Cape Breton University Boardmore Playhouse on Wednesday, May 18, at 7 pm.
“The Bremen Town Musicians” recounts how an aging donkey follows his dream of becoming a musician and on the way befriends a dog, a cat and a rooster, who have also outlived their usefulness as farm animals. As a comical quartet they find new life in their adventures together.
The show is performed with shadow puppets, exquisitely made marionettes created and manipulated by Heather & Darryll Taylor, the founders of Maritime Marionettes. The soundtrack combines bedtime story style narration, whimsical music and humorous animal sounds.
Maritime Marionettes was founded in 1986 with the goal of producing and touring quality marionette theater. Since then, the Taylors have produced and performed eight new shows (six of these were translated and performed in French), and according to their website, “developing a magical style of performing together”. Their company has traveled nationally and internationally, acquiring an international reputation for excellence in Marionette artistry.
The company creates its productions from concept to finished product. This includes making and fashioning the marionette figures that feature in the shows to the sets, props and costuming of the productions.
Tickets for this production are available from CBU Playhouse Box Office 1pm to 5 pm, Monday to Friday the week of performance and one hour before show time or by calling 563-1652.