Saturday, February 28, 2015

Momotaro (Peach Boy)

Gina Wilhelm Actress - Momotaro (Peach Boy)

WHAT: "Momotaro (Peach Boy)" performed by Thistle Theatre, a puppet theater for families.

WHERE/WHEN: Bellevue Youth Theatre, 16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008, Saturday and Sunday, March 1 through 8, at 2 and 4 p.m.

Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle WA 98117, in Ballard,March 14 and 15 at 1 and 3 p.m.

Magnuson Park Theatre, 7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115, Bldg. 47, March 21 and 22 at 1 and 3 p.m. 



This is the most famous story in Japan. It tells the story of a young hero who, with the help of animal friends, goes to rescue the treasure that the oni (Japanese demons) have been stealing from the villagers. I play Obaasan (Momotaro's grandmother), a brave monkey, and one of the oni.

All voices and songs are performed live by me and fellow puppeteers Ben Burris and Zane Exactly. We use  a variety of puppet styles including Japanese Bunraku-style puppets to tell and sing this take on the traditional tale.

There are also several origami puppets in the show. In fact, one scene is done entirely with origami puppets.

In addition, the show features many Japanese words and phrases. It also features the famous "Momotaro" folk song in both English and Japanese.

The script and songs (aside from the folk song) were written by Jean Enticknap and Sue Ennis. Jean also directed this lively production.

This show is recommended for ages 3 and up.

Performances at Bellevue Youth Theatre  are at 2 and 4 p.m. on March 1, 7, and 8.  That address is 16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008

The shows are at Sunset Hill Community Club in Ballard at 1 and 3 p.m. on March 14 and 15. The address is 3003 NW 66th Street.

Magnuson Park Theatre shows are on March 21 and 22 at 1 and 3 p.m. The theater is in Magnuson Park in building 47. The address is 7110 62nd Ave NE in Seattle.

Be sure not to miss this action-packed show full of laughs and battle scenes

Gina Wilhelm Actress