Brick Bros. Circus

DESCRIPTION

This inventive play delights audiences of all ages, bringing the world of play, creativity and performance to life, brick by brick by brick. Guaranteed to stimulate imaginations and spark creative thinking, the Brick Bros. Circus is a complete, miniature one-ring circus, performed by highly trained building bricks in itty bitty costumes. See the acrobatic Bildovitch Family, the breathtaking Madame Brikaskova, the amazing Brick Contortionist and much much more!

Created by Ann Powell and David Powell, from an idea sparked by the late Steve Hansen The Puppet Man, and Loet Vos of the Toronto Museum of Childhood.  Directed by Sharon Weisbaum. Music created by David Anderson.

Available February 29 through March 11.  Book with Mariposa in the Schools

DETAILS

  • For family audiences: enjoyed by all ages, 4 and up – and adults
  • For schools:  Grades K – 8
  • Also works well for adult audiences
  • Audience maximum 250.
  • Approximately 45 minutes, with optional post-performance Q & A

THE MEDIA SAYS

Exceptionally funny and imaginative.   Edinburgh Festival Times, UK

…elicited gales of laughter because it was so colossally stupid and, of course, because it was so damned smart.   The Journal, Puppeteers of America

This is a program that should be seen by many more schools. It really expanded my children’s idea of what a puppet show can be.   A teacher, W. E. Gowling PS, Ottawa

The students at Centennial Public School really enjoyed this quirky and creative puppet theatre, as did the teachers! …I have never seen a more creative and unique show!  Our students are not frequently exposed to theatre and having this opportunity… really changed the way that they view theatre. They now know that theatre is not exclusive or prejudiced, but an open minded, exciting and accessible art form!    Grade 2/3 teacher, Centennial PS, Ottawa

That was awesome!    A student, Centennial PS, Ottawa

How you can take an inanimate object from being a “blah” lump to something with spirit and personality. …the play was feel good, fun and filled with laughter.   A Principal, Ottawa

The students loved it! It was the topic of conversation for quite a few days after. The show was thought provoking and exposed our students to a different type of humour.             The Principal, W. E. Gowling PS, Ottawa

The performance enhanced oral and visual communication and identified effective uses of drama elements and humour in a performance.   A Teacher, Bayshore Catholic School, Ottawa

PLAYED AT

IN TORONTO: Art Gallery of Ontario, Children’s Pavilion at Caravan, Harbourfront Centre, hundreds of elementary schools, The Milk Festival, Ontario Place, The Ontario Science Centre, The Puppet Centre, The Renaissance Fair, The Royal Ontario Museum, Skydome Union Picnic, Tarragon Theatre Spring Arts Fair, Theatre Passe Muraille Back Space.

IN ONTARIO:  Art Gallery of Hamilton; The Astrolabe Theatre, Ottawa; Mariposa Folk Festivals; The National Art Centre, Ottawa; Puppets Up Festival, Almonte; University of Waterloo; Victoria County Spring Festival; plus extensive tours throughout Ontario.

ACROSS CANADA:  Edmonton Folk Festival, Extensive Tour of B.C.; Museum of Civilization, Hull, PQ.; Montreal International Puppetry Festival; Nova Scotia Puppetry Festival; Punchman’s Picnic, Edmonton; Vancouver Children’s Festival/ Super Show; Vancouver Fools’ Festival; Victoria Children’s Festival/ Super Show; Winnipeg Childrens’ Festival; Winnipeg Folk Festival.

IN THE UNITED STATES: Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta; Festival of Puppetry of the Americas; Imagination Celebration, Seattle; Los Angeles area tour; The Lower Manhattan Buskers fair, NYC.; Oakland Puppetry Festival; Puppeteers of America Festivals in Ohio, California and Florida; Union Square Theatre, N.Y.C.; World Puppetry Festival, Washington DC.

IN EUROPE:  Bochum Puppet Festival, Germany; Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris; Dommelhof Puppet Festival, Belgium; The Edinborough Festival Fringe. UK; Festival Mondial de la Marionette, France; The Puppet Centre Trust, London. UK; The Spanish Embassy, Paris; and a few tours in France.

TECH SPECIFICATIONS FOR THEATRES

Length of performance:   45 minutes

Recommended age level:   Family, aged 4 and up

Maximum audience size:  100 in flat hall; 250 with raked seating

Performing area:  Absolute minimum area:  12′ wide, 12′ deep, 8′ high

Lighting:   Our Stage manager will cue your lighting technician during the performance: We require:

  1. Low level wash center stage
  2. A warm wash, center stage
  3. Smaller area, centre stage
  4. Amost a black out
  5. House lights

Sound:  Our Stage manager will run the music cues:

  • We need either a dual cassette deck or a CD system
  • We will also require two wireless lavelier microphones

Electricity:  One standard electric outlet upstage right

We also require:  Two stacking chairs

Set up time:  90 minutes

Strike time: . 60 minutes

TECH SPECIFICATIONS FOR SCHOOLS

Recommended age level:  JK to Grade 8    NB:  This show has this wide appeal because the younger ones see the daring bricks, while the older students are engaged by the tongue-in-cheek humour of the show.

Maximum Audience size:                 250 people

Length of performance:                   45 minutes, plus Q & A session on request

Set up time:                                        60 minutes.

Strike time:                                         60 minutes.

* Thus the total time we require in your venue is 3 hours. *

Performing area:   Absolute minimum area:  12′ wide, 12′ deep, 8′ high.

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 Lighting:  We bring our own lighting equipment

* Please note that the show works best in a darkened venue *

Sound:  We bring our own sound equipment

Electricity:  One standard electric outlet.

We also require:  Two stacking chairs.

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For further information please contact Puppetmongers

info@puppetmongers.com   416-469-3555

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