Get ready for a one-of-a-kind puppetry experience! “Cardboard Explosion!” brings five original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes. Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic, participatory show.
About Brad Shur
Brad Shur grew up making art out of any materials he could find. In puppetry, Brad discovered a medium that let him share his passion for all forms of creativity: sculpting, writing, performing, and more. Brad began performing in puppet shows while he was a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. He then hit the road, touring nationally with several puppet companies before beginning to create his own full length shows. As a puppet builder, Brad has created characters for American Idol, Dolly Parton, and a number of theater companies and independent performers. As a teaching artist, Brad has led workshops at the Center for Puppetry Arts, the National Puppetry Conference, the Puppeteers of America National Puppetry Festival, and at camps, schools, and colleges across New England.
Since 2009, Brad has been the Resident Artist at Puppet Showplace Theater where he has created four original shows: “Dr. Doohickey’s Monster Machine,” “The Magic Soup and Other Stories,””Tall Tales” and “Robin Hood.” He also trained extensively with master puppeteer and Puppet Showplace Resident Artist Emeritus, Paul Vincent Davis. Brad’s newest creation, “Cardboard Explosion!” brings together puppetry, design, and creative improvisation to energize audiences to become art makers themselves. Brad hopes that families and school groups will leave the theater ready to transform their old cardboard boxes into something magical. www.puppetshowplace.org
“Cardboard Explosion!” was developed in Puppet Showplace Theater’s Incubator Program with support from the Jim Henson Foundation, the Bob Jolly Charitable Trust, and the Sakharoff Family Trust.
MLK Day Celebration
Monday, January 16, 2017 at 3:30–5:00 pm, Winchester Unitarian Church, Metcalf Hall (Entered only from the rear of the Church off the Mystic Valley Parkway.) Door opens at 3:30 pm. Performance begins at 4 pm.
The Winchester Multicultural Network (WMCN) and the Family Action Network (FAN) invite all—and particularly families with children—to join in a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. We invite you to . . .
• Enjoy the wonderful art and writing by Winchester elementary schools’ students
• Watch the famous “I Have A Dream” speech
• Stop at Book Ends’ table
• Participate in craft activities
• Join Brad Shur’s collaborative creative puppet show at 4:00 p.m.
Refreshments donated in part by Whole Foods Market, Woburn.
MLK Day Celebration is co-sponsored by the Winchester Multicultural Network and Family Action Network. The Winchester Multicultural Network (WMCN) mission is to promote the recognition, understanding, and appreciation of diversity; to advocate for each and every person’s civil rights; and to confront intolerance. The Family Action Network (FAN) is a non-profit organization which seeks to facilitate the exchange of ideas, to provide parenting resources and to offer a support network for Winchester families with infants and small children.