Alice In Wonderland

A special edition of Fractured Fables in honor of the birthday of Lewis Carrol, featuring Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat, You Are Old, Father William, Speak Roughly to Your Little Child (the song of the Duchess) and an improvised poem by the King of Hearts:

I had them and I gave them to her,
and she had one of them.
Then she gave me back to him
and had another, er, cup of tea.

And then they had for nobody
a meaning that was clear–
If only they should give it back
it would be very dear.

She gave them once, I gave them twice
they came back to the other
And everybody wrote a poem
about somebody’s mother.

And then when we were all confused
the poem never ended,
And I’m a king who makes up nonsense,
and is very very long-winded!

This is the original poem by Lewis Carrol:

They told me you had been to her
And mentioned me to him;
She gave me a good character,
But said I could not swim.

He sent them word I had not gone,
(We know it to be true);
If she should push the matter on,
What would become of you?

I gave her one, they gave him two,
You gave us three or more;
They all returned from him to you,
Though they were mine before.

If I or she should chance to be
Involved in this affair,
He trusts to you to set them free,
Exactly as we were.

My notion was that you had been
(Before she had this fit)
An obstacle that came between
Him, and ourselves, and it.

Don’t let him know she liked them best,
For this must ever be
A secret, kept from all the rest,
Between yourself and me.

Improvised  Bank Street Bookstore on 1-26-14.
Camera by Nere Kapiteni (with a little “help” from an antsy tot or two!)

Jonathan Bean Presents “Big Snow” and The Frogherd Who Cried Wolf

Bonus Post!

Author and illustrator Jonathan Bean visits the Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater for a whole lot of winter fun! Jonathan gets some holiday gifts from Ninja Monkey and Mousey, reads his picture book “Big Snow” and creates a winter wonderland with help from the audience.

Meanwhile, a wily Frogherd makes false accusations against a wolf who definitely does not eat frogs. But what, or possibly whom, might the wolf eat instead?

Improvised Saturday, December 21 at Bank Street Bookstore. Camera by Nere Kapitani.

Rosie Puppetyhead and the Spider, Hansel and Gretel Mini-Golf, Three Santas and more: 12-1-13

Strap on your seat belts for a super-silly episode of Fractured Fables!

The Fox, the Monster and the Spider
Featuring Rosie Puppetyhead

Children helped create a puppet called Rosie Puppetyhead, and then chose the story: The Fox, the Crow and the Cheese, an Aesop’s Fable. Since there was no crow puppet and certainly no cheese puppet, Rosie played the crow and the green spider was the cheese. Things started to get silly when the spider got stuck in Rosie’s mouth, and when the fox tried to help, well… you’ll see what happened. Darn that velcro! Very funny.

The Tiger and the Mouse

The Lion in The Lion and the Mouse is played by the Cheshire Cat, who decides he is actually a tiger. The mouse tickles him all over in this improvised version of Aesop’s Fable.

Hansel and Gretel at the Edible Miniature Golf Course

Hansel and Gretel are left by the side of the road by their mean parents, with only bad Google map directions home. Luckily Hansel printed out his own directions… only the map got wet! When the two children stumble on a miniature golf course made entirely of candy and other foods, they don’t know that an evil witch made the course, and it is infested with rats! A very silly impromptu version of the Grimms classic.

Halloween Witch and the Three Santas

Goldilocks and the Three Bears gets the full Fractured Fables improv treatment in this crazy version where three Santas are paid a visit by the Halloween Witch while they are out buying bagels. The Santas find the witch asleep and naturally decide to play a trick on her. Need I say more?

Performed at Bank Street Bookstore on December 1, 2013 by Andy Laties and Rebecca Migdal.

Pinocchio Never Pees, Frog Candy, Good Mermaids, Monkey Up His Sleeve-1.25.14

Hooray! We succeeded in posting ALL the puppet plays from this past Saturday on schedule.

And we are going to keep up the good work. This week, we’ll be posting Sunday’s rendition of Alice in Wonderland in honor of Lewis Carroll‘s Birthday, as well as an episode from the archives. Meanwhile, enjoy the puppet show!

Little Wooden Boys never wet their pants in this improvised, fractured version of the classic tale.

The Ninja Monkey messes up in The Little Red Hen and gets it mixed up with Chicken Little. Anyway, he’s playing a magician so he decides to make Frog Candy with the help of Mouse.

The Little Mermaid and her sisters save a pirate from drowning and lure a ship to rescue him from a rock. Are they being good or bad? Actions, intentions and consequences are the theme of this thoroughly reinvented, improvised version of the classic tale from Hans Christian Anderson.

The slow, slow Tortoise and the arrogant Hare are having a race, and the rabbit is sure to win. But the Tortoise has a secret weapon called Ninja Monkey! An improvised take on the classic Aesop’s Fable.

Performed at Bank Street Bookstore by Andy Laties and Rebecca Migdal. Camera by Nere Kapiteni.

The Ugly Ogre-Piglet (5-18-13, Part 2 of 2)

The Ugly Ogre-Piglet– An improvised parody based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Ugly Duckling.

Another classic from an early 2013 show. In The Ugly Ogre-Piglet a lonely ogre raises a piglet, but is dismayed and ashamed when the other ogres don’t accept his pig son.

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Recorded at Bank Street Bookstore on May 18, 2013, featuring Andy Laties and Rebecca Migdal. Camera: Henry Wong

The Boy Who Cried Wolf -Part 3 of 3

The Boy Who Cried Wolf– An improvised satire based on the Aesop’s Fable.

In this version, the boy is confronted by the consequences of telling tales when an innocent wolf is captured by the angry townsfolk.

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Recorded at Bank Street Bookstore on January 5, 2014. Camera: Nere Kapiteni

The Ugly Wolfling Meets Ninja Monkey

The Ugly Wolfling– An improvised satire based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Ugly Duckling.

In this version, a sad and ugly wolf pup named Jimmy is teased by the other pups, and has nobody to play with but his mother. When Jimmy makes friends with a mischievous monkey, his mother disapproves.

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Recorded at Bank Street Bookstore on January 5, 2014. Camera: Nere Kapiteni


The Ogre and The Ninja-Monkey (part 1 of 3)

The Ogre and The Ninja-Monkey– An improvised satire based on Aesop’s Fable The Lion and the Mouse.

In this version, a silly ogre can’t get up from his nap because his shoelaces are tied together. Naughty Ninja-Monkey takes advantage of the ogre’s troubles in various hilarious ways.

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Recorded at Bank Street Bookstore on January 5, 2014. Camera: Nere Kapiteni

Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 of this story, coming up on Wednesday and Friday.