Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
Stage name: Performances, Workshops & Residencies
Performer name: Mary Jo Maichack
Phone: 413 532-3667
Mailing address: 58 Longfellow Rd
Holyoke, MA 01040
E-mail address: EmJay7@aol.com
Website: http://www.MaryJoMaichack.com
Performer's agent: Maichack Arts
Previous appearances at: Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA, Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield MA, Monterey MA Library, Colonial Theatre Pittsfield with Cabaret to Go, Springfield Library/Jean Canosa-Albano
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 06/08/2016

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Travel the World in Tales & Tunes Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
“Travel the World in Tales & Tunes” is a fun, funny show sung and strummed and featuring multicultural tales from the seven continents. Listeners will sing and chant along, dance a folk dance, laugh and enjoy wonderful stories and songs, even acting out in a fresh version of The Three Little Pigs, from France--in costume. The show plays like an audience-participation variety show.
$351- $500
Everybody Says Hello Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This multilingual program is lively and entertaining, with stories sung, told in English with other languages, too—even drawn by audience children with big, colorful markers on a big poster you can keep. The program was nominated for a Mass. Cultural Council Gold Star Program Award. For starters, audience members share "hello" in languages they know. National Award-winning Minstrel Storyteller Mary Jo Maichack leads the fun--Learn and sing a song in Japanese and the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” in Spanish. “Plant” cabbages the French way—with your nose, my leetle cabbage, mon petit chou, in a funny movement game/song that always makes you crack up! There's a wonderful tale of Paco's Wild Villa, told with bits of Spanish and drawn by children. We round it out with a charming dress-up story from Vietnam in feathers. Request Italian, too!
$351- $500
Preschool Palooza Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Mary Jo sings, plays guitar, invites preschoolers to sing, move, chant, dance, wiggle, help tell the stories with hand- and fingerplays--always keeping them ACTIVE, and has superb crowd management skills, so things stay pleasantly–well, managed. The kids find MJ very funny, and she is ever so gentle with their tender hearts. We do a dress up play, too, and sometimes dance like alligators. Accent is on BIG participation by the group. You’ll be amazed, though, at how long the little ones simply sit still for a storyteller as seasoned as this. MJ is an expert at keeping their attention, and refreshing it with age-appropriate stories to engage all their senses for a loving literacy learning experience. From tales of brave bunnies to talking fingers, it's fun, fun, fun. Teachers and parents have a ball, too, and gain valuable techniques as they participate. Don’t wait. This is an expert, ready for your kids and professional development workshops for their tired teachers young and experienced.
$351- $500
Or Would You Rather Be a Fish? Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Folklores & Songs of the Sea “How the Sea Became Salty,” Swedish style, in a sorcerer’s apprentice motif; the “Unlucky Sailor” (paper folding surprise story with help from audience puppeteers); Blow Ye Winds of Morning, chanteys, a hornpipe dance and more make a rousing show. Do the pirate’s cheer! Lot's of audience participation. Aargh.
$351- $500
Greek Myths--Alive! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Classical Tales Brought to Life It’s always surprising to see these ancient stories engage even very young listeners. Then again, there’s nothing like a three-headed dog, a trip to the underworld or golden apples from Aphrodite to interest any listener of any age! Includes: Aesop’s Fables (“The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” in first person); “Atalanta” (Raised by bears, this girl outran all.); Phaeton, driver of his father’s sun car; “Arachne," the tale of the world's first spider is told with songs and effects interwoven on guitar.” The audience-favorite part of this show is the enactment of the story of the seasons featuring Demeter, Persephone, Hades & Zeus--in mask, by audience volunteers. This program is all storytelling, adjusted for the age groups, really best for school age and up.
$351- $500
Native American Tales Multicultural- Native American,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Stories from Peoples Across North America Stories are culled from different areas of North America and include selections from the following: "Glooscabe and Why the Baby Says, 'Goo,'" Abenaki; a Creation myth of Sky Woman and the Great Tree; an original song by Keith McClelland of Maine, "Dinah's Rock" that combines pourquoi of stars and flowers and describes a girl victim of pioneer prejudice; “Raven Brings Light,” Tlingit; “The Girl Who Was Sick” (drawn in story knife style on a big poster), Napaskiak; "The Earth is Our Mother" with drum, and more. Told with loving respect.
$351- $500
Meowls & Growls Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
“Meowls & Growls” is really a one-person variety show co-created by the audience in celebration of animals. The program entertains all ages with a mix of songs and folktales led by Maichack. In “Ticky-Picky Buzz Buzz,” audience-participants in masks play dangerous yams who chase Mr. Tiger. (Choose from different animal dress-up plays--just ask.) In “The Most Precious Possession,” an Italian folktale told with mandolin, a merchant’s feline gift to a king brings him royal riches. You’ll be invited to waltz with imaginary bears, and sing along to songs of animals. Hear the “Fox and the Crow” with participatory song refrain. It is designed to be lots of fun for all ages adult and is about an hour long. There are tons of animal tales!
$351- $500
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