'This collection of puppet vignettes, set to well-chosen music, is a simple but brilliant production that carries the audience through a range of feelings ... This show is highly recommended even for adults who don't happen to have kids.'
– Calgary Herald
Joseph Cashore created his first marionette from clothespins, wood, string and a tin can. He was 11. While playing with this puppet, he was startled by the sudden but momentary sensation that the puppet was alive. After graduation from college, Cashore made his second marionette. He quickly discovered that in order to have the fluid motion he sought, he would have to create his own control designs. For the next 19 years, while pursuing a career in oil painting, Cashore experimented with the construction of the marionettes and the control designs. The turning point for him came with puppet Maestro Janos Zelinka as Cashore was working on the puppet's violin solo. He solved the technical problems of that finite movement and subtle control and since 1990, has been performing full time across North America, Europe and Asia.
The program, 'Simple Gifts,' is a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to stunning music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical illusion and artistic insight, the original vignettes presented in 'Simple Gifts' provide an entertaining and sensitive vision of what it is to be human. The performance explores a range of emotions with characters and actions that are true to life. For more, visit the website.
"The quality of manipulation is unparalleled, and the effect upon the audience is powerful."
— The Center of Contemporary Arts, St. Louis
Interview with Cashore
ARTA, ARTH, COMM, DANC, ENGL, HUMT, MALS, MUSC, SOCI, SPCH, STOR, THEA, UHON, ETSU 1000