STORIES, MUSIC, PUPPETS, MAGIC & MORE
Our goal is to deliver a variety of high quality music performances and excite and inspire the imagination and creativity of young people. TOC’s own Little Ears program is in its fifth year and offers free concerts and performances for children.
Thank you to the Herbert A Templeton Foundation, our partners and funders and friends of The Old Church.
“The best kid’s magician in the world!!” -David Blaine
As seen on Sesame Street, NBC’s Universal Kids, and live at The Old Church, Mario The Maker Magician goes VIRTUAL on Fri, May 29 at 4 PM PST/ 7 PM ET for the TOC Better Together Benefit online performance series! This virtual experience brings you never-before-released live performance footage from Mario’s last TOC show along with fun new just-for-online segments! It’s all-ages magic through the lens of the Maker Movement, with handmade robots, punk rock slapstick, and more.
The show is free to watch. Donations are welcome @ https://www.theoldchurch.org/bettertogether/
Proceeds benefit Mario and The Old Church Concert Hall.
Mario “the Maker Magician” Marchese is a New York based, touring family performer known for his DIY robotic creations, upcycled props, and new school slapstick character. It’s magic through the lens of the Maker Movement! Mario’s show is an upbeat, hilarious, and very interactive experience that leaves children and families inspired to nurture their own creative paths.
MUSIC & ECOLOGY FOR KIDS! Jessa Campbell is an Oregon-based performer who bridges the worlds of music and ecology by enchanting young audiences with the wonders of nature through her songs. Caregivers can expect a blend of familiar folk children’s songs mixed with original tunes written about what it’s like to grow up in the Pacific Northwest!
With a background performing with the national touring production of hit television show, “Dragon Tales Live,” she’s no stranger to child entertainment! She’s also experienced as a world cruise ship performer, vocalist for Wayne Newton, and member of some of Portland’s prominent bands. Weaving theatrical elements with her song and dance numbers, she encourages kiddos to groove along. Jessa starting writing ecology-based songs with her students for a “Wonders of Nature” class for 5-8 year olds through the local learning center, Village Home. With songs like “The Waltz of Trillium & Ant”, children are educated about simple science concepts like seed dispersal through the living creatures in their neck of the woods!
Join Penny’s Puppets on this Musical journey for this traditional tale with a twist. Yes, the 3 little pigs all have to move out of mom’s house and build houses on their own. Yes, the Big Bad Wolf huffs and puffs and tries to blow all their homes down. But in the end where does all this huffing and puffing get him. Tired and alone. Discover some coping skills when having a bad day and laugh and rejoice with the 3 little pigs and their unlikely friend the Huffy Puffy Wolf.
Penny’s Puppet Productions is a professional one-woman puppet company dedicated to making the world a better place, one puppet show at a time! Offering joyful programs that ignite the imagination and fill the room with excitement and laughter, Penny’s live performances use puppets, story, and song to inspire and entertain children of all ages. Penny is a Professional storyteller who specializes in puppet shows for kids.
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