Beastly Beauty and the Beautiful Beast

An ogre wants to bring his lovely troll daughter, Beauty, a gift on his way back from business travels. He come across a fungi nursery and picks a rare mushroom she has always wanted, but is apprehended by the “grotesque” scientist princess who runs it. The princess lets him go on the condition that his firstborn child becomes her assistant, and Beauty agrees. Though she is horrified by the princess’ silky hair and wart-free face, Beauty comes to enjoy their work at the fungi nursery.

Performed 11-30-14 at Bank Street Bookstore. Puppeteer: Rebecca Migdal. Accompanist: Andy Laties. Camera: Nere Kapiteni.

Gingerbread Pinocchio

A lonely old baker decides to bake himself a gingerbread son, Pinocchio, that can do amazing tricks. A passing fairy runs into the talented little cookie and brings him to life. Pinocchio is so happy to be alive, but becomes lonely, too. He bakes a Cupcake Fairy friend, and together they bake more companions. Excitement spreads over this confectionery craze, but some people are worried about the growing number of these baked boomers.

Performed 11-30-14 at Bank Street Bookstore. Puppeteer: Rebecca Migdal. Accompanist: Andy Laties. Camera: Nere Kapiteni.

The Velveteen Rabbit

A Fractured Fables Christmas Special.

A lucky Velveteen Rabbit becomes a little boy’s most beloved toy on Christmas Day. The other toys are jealous of Velveteen Rabbit, making fun of it and telling it the boy’s love won’t last. But the boy is never seen without his fuzzy friend at hand, playing with it until it’s so worn and tattered that his father puts it away in the attic. The heartbroken Velveteen Rabbit is sure it will never see the little boy again, but an old rocking horse tells him there is a way with a little magic and a lot of love.

Performed 12-20-14 at Bank Street Bookstore. Puppeteer: Rebecca Migdal and Chelsea Camp. Accompanist: Andy Laties. Camera: Nere Kapiteni.

The Snow Queen

A Fractured Fables Christmas Special.
Ever since Kay got a piece of magic mirror stuck in his eye and heart, his long-time friend Greta has seen him change for the worse. One day, Kay sees the beautiful Snow Queen riding a magnificent sleigh and decides to hitch his sleigh to it. When she discovers Kay, she spirits him way to her castle in the North Pole. Greta witnesses his kidnapping, but none of the townsfolk believe it was the Snow Queen. Unwilling to give up, Greta embarks on an epic journey to save her best friend.

Performed 12-20-14 at Bank Street Bookstore. Puppeteer: Rebecca Migdal and Chelsea Camp. Accompanist: Andy Laties. Camera: Nere Kapiteni.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

A Fractured Fables Hanukkah Special.

Hershel is weary from his long travels and is happy to see a nearby village where he can spend the first night of Hanukkah. However, he is surprised to find no menorah candles have been lit. A villager tells him of the terrible goblins who ruin every Hanukkah and the task of breaking their evil curse is an impossible one. But brave and clever Hershel is willing to take the challenge to save Hanukkah.

Performed 12-21-14 at Bank Street Bookstore. Puppeteer: Rebecca Migdal. Accompanist: Andy Laties. Camera: Nere Kapiteni.

It Could Always Be Worse

A Fractured Fables Hanukkah Special.

A poor man lives in a tiny home with his complaining wife and boisterous children. He can’t take the chaos anymore and runs to the Rabbi for advice on what to do. It is advice that he wasn’t expecting and soon regrets taking.

Performed 12-21-14 at Bank Street Bookstore. Puppeteer: Rebecca Migdal. Accompanist: Andy Laties. Camera: Nere Kapiteni.

The Hanukkah Cow

A Fractured Fables Hanukkah Special.

This puppet adaptation of “The Hanukkah Bear” begins when a hibernating cow is awoken by the delicious smells of latkes and immediately goes in search of the source. An old, poor-sighted woman hears a knock at her door. She thinks it’s the Rabbi arriving for a special Hanukkah meal. The strange mooing sounds the “Rabbi” makes causes her to worry for his health, but she happily feeds him all the latkes he wants.

Performed 12-21-14 at Bank Street Bookstore. Puppeteer: Rebecca Migdal. Accompanist: Andy Laties. Camera: Nere Kapiteni.

Pinocchio: Odd Oatmeal

The kindly Spring Fairy brings Geppetto’s little wooden puppet, Pinocchio, to life. Pinocchio is so grateful and wants to help around the house, even making Geppetto a questionable bowl of oatmeal. A theatrically inclined fox notices Pinocchio and tells the wooden wonder that he may be better suited for the stage.

Performed 12-7-14 at Bank Street Bookstore. Puppeteer: Rebecca Migdal. Accompanist: Andy Laties. Camera: Nere Kapiteni.