from Chicago, Illinois
Also available on demand.
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Week of May 30 – June 5
Week of June 6 – 12
Get to know the performers and creative team at a Talk-Back!
Live audio-description provided
Week of June 13 – 19
This performance has live sign-interpretation.
Week of June 20 – 26
Leonardo tries so hard to be scary. But… he just isn’t. When he searches far and wide for a friend to frighten, he discovers Sam, who is scared of anything and everything! With puppets, projections, live music and a story by none other than Your Pal Mo Willems, this performance will surprise you with its cinema-sized story about fright, feelings and friendship. See how multimedia movie magic gets made when Manual Cinema presents Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About a Terrible Monster.
Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques and innovative sound and music to create immersive stories for stage and screen. Using vintage overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors and live feed cameras, the artists of Manual Cinema cross moviegoing with theatergoing, remaking the cinema experience with liveness, ingenuity and theatricality for the stage.
Inspired by the books Leonardo, The Terrible Monster and Sam, The Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World by Mo Willems
Music, Lyrics & Sound Design
Ben Kauffman and Kyle Vegter
2D Paper Puppets and Props
Hand and Rod Puppets
Costumes & Wigs
Mieka Van der Ploeg
Trey Brazeal with Nick Chamernik
Stage Manager and Board Operator
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