Puppatoons Live Shows

Mr. Ooba’s TEAM! (Together, Everyone Achieves More!) by Jordan Schwartz

Jordan Schwartz is one heck of an achiever. At 10 in 2003, she founded The Children’s Bilingual Theater. Jordan started with raising $3,000 in donations and encouraging schools to host the shows. CBT not only brought students together, but brought community volunteers to help make the shows a reality. Jordan’s project explores Hispanic language, culture and history and engages the diversity of our community. She has produced 4 bilingual musicals and 4 storytelling and literacy events leading 200 volunteers.

At age 11, Jordan became a disability rights advocate. In 2008 in an unprecedented move in selecting a 14 year old, the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Organizing Institute chose Jordan as one of 5 participants trained in organizing skills to return to their communities to promote systems change around issues that affect people with disabilities. Jordan wrote a bilingual play.

Mr. Ooba’s TEAM is an anti-bullying puppet show produced by Puppatoons & The Childern’s Bilingual Theater . The show was written by Jordan Schwartz. This production addresses the issues of bullying of developmentally disabled & medically fragile children & diversity in the classroom. Mr. Ooba is an owl, presiding over a class of forest animal children.  When one of the kids gets out of hand bullying some of the others about having  a disability or nonconformity due to illness, Mr. Ooba steps in to warn the children of the harm of “just making fun”, and to help the kids understand the value of working together.
CBT is a 501c(3) non-profit corp. Sponsorships are available & are tax deductible. For information contact: 678-485-1986

Busy with a Western Show!

Well, dear readers, I have neglected you somewhat lately..I have been running around like an idiot trying to get my latest show completed. So,I will share the characters from this show, “Jimmie Kate’s Hoedown of Friendship and Love”, with you.:)

 

First, Jimmie Kate herself. She’s a spunky little palomino horse who considers me part of her Trained Human Show. XD

 

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Ruby the Red-Nosed Reindeer!

Well, everyone, I thank those of you who have come back to check on things. Not only have I been insanely busy putting together my Christmas show, Ruby the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but I was in the hospital for an emergency gall bladder removal. Immediately after coming home from the hospital I performed Ruby the Red-Nosed Reindeer a total of eight times over the weekend. I am now taking some much-needed time off.

Here are the characters from Ruby the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Ruby

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The Tale of the Screaming Skull!


At the Southern Museum in Kennesaw, Vapor and I did almost sixteen performances in two consecutive nights, adding a couple of shows due to popular demand. The occasion was an event called “The Haunted Museum”, which was for older kids and adults, and an all-ages Halloween festival took place on the same site. The show was called “The Tale of the Screaming Skull”, and uses total audience participation. I performed it  in an adorable little depot across the street from the museum,which made the perfect puppet theater.

I made hats, each with the face of a character in the story, and once the audience knew what as going on, the kids were falling all over themselves wanting to play characters in the play. We had a great time, and my sixteen different dads out of the audience, who played my Screaming Skull, were terrific.

Many thanks to Laurel, who coordinated the Halloween festival and treated me like royalty while i was there. Steve also came on the second night, dressed as a Ghostbuster.

Prince Cuddles and the Dragon Hunt

I am debuting a live show on July 17,entitled Prince Cuddles and the Dragon Hunt. I’m working on puppets this week and rehearsing next week–script is done. It’s a whirlwind process, but I had to get other big projects out of the way before I could start!

Anyway, here is the brave Prince Cuddles(he doesn’t have his crown yet..oh, the problems of being a new member of royalty..

Yes, Prince Cuddles and his father, King Hannibal II, are cats. 🙂 Cuddles is modeled on one of our favorite cats who passed away some years ago, Captain Cuddles.

This is Howard, the ferocious (not) dragon in the play.