Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
Stage name: Performances, Workshops & Residencies; also Gregory's art of pastel workshops
Performer name: Mary Jo (and Gregory) Maichack
Phone: 413 532-3667; cell: 413-563-3950
Mailing address: 58 Longfellow Rd
Holyoke, MA 01040
E-mail address: EmJay7@aol.com
Website: http://www.MaryJoMaichack.com AND for pastel painting workshops: www.GregoryMaichack.com
Performer's agent: Maichack Arts
Previous appearances at: Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA Stephanie Plunkett, Chatham NY Public Library, Monterey MA Library (Mark Makuc), Colonial Theatre Pittsfield with Cabaret to Go, Springfield Library/Jean Canosa-Albano, Diane Houle
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 01/31/2019

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
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
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
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
Howlarious Halloween Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Congenial Ghost Stories for All Audiences These come in three versions: Pumpkin Fun for the very young, Howlarious Halloween for ages 5 and older, and Urban Legends for Teens. Never in bad taste, but definitely full of shivery fun, kids AND adults will share jittery laughs with these timeless tales of trick-or-treaters, rude and dangerous pumpkins, even a stubborn skeleton dancing to the fiddle. This is a terrific way to put folklore and language arts into one of kids’ favorite holidays. MJ tells ghostly "groaner" jokes interlaced with singing and guitar, for older listeners an Italian ghost story with absurd surprise ending. You'll feel the real and pleasant spookiness of the season and laugh hard. Audience is invited to join in making sound effects, a finger-snapping "campfire," and help sing and tell "The Ghost with the Bloody Finger." Book early for best choice of dates!
$351- $500
Mother Goose in Person! Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
I come in a pretty costume with a large basket holding Tillie, my rod-puppet goose whose head turns and looks real. ("Is it real?" "Yes, it's a real...puppet.") With a bag of finger puppets, Mother Goose leads all in the famous rhymes, also adding movement, gestures, dance and song (ukulele accompaniment), laughs and playfulness. It's really sweet, from Hickory Dickory, to the Cow who jumped over the MOOOOOn, Jack & Jill, even a tune on recorder for Old King Cole. There are moments that feel like Shakespeare for 4-year-olds, but ever accessible and loving kind, gentle. Fun, great oral language play; adults enjoy along.
$351- $500
Sun, Moon, Stars, Shine! Music,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tales, tunes and dress-up audience fun: MJ leads the audience in songs familiar and new about the cosmos, tells dynamic tales with lots of audience participation: Raven Steals the Light, The Face on the Moon, an Australian tale of a Sky Giant, more. Best fun: Audience dress-up in feathers enact a beautiful tale from Viet Nam, Why Rooster Crows. This always hushes the audience in a cloud of charm as they see some kids role play in gorgeous sun and jade emperor costumes.
$351- $500
This-A-Way, Mezudio! Song/Dance Games Performing Arts- Dance,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
A lively show of old-time song dance games from around the world. Think "London Bridge," but with variety: a Caribbean song/dance for partners in line, clapping, strutting, stepping--simple and do-able and kids LOVE it. Pioneer river crossing game under quilts, as I sing and play guitar. African-American dance, Alligator Stomp. Fits any room, rec. for ages 4 or 5 up/can adapt for the audience you actually get. Great fit for 2017 summer reading theme
$351- $500
Books Are Celebrations Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Inspiring young listeners to read, this show evolved into a 1999 NAPPA (National Parenting Publications) Gold Award winning audio recording. Both offer lively original songs celebrating the library and the power of books, multicultural stories — Why Dog Chases Cat, The Unlucky Sailor--with origami surprise story and kids using sea creature puppets (including a really big shark), and the bend-in-half-laughing instant story theater version of Munsch’s Paper Bag Princess, in costume. You will love and be amazed by the warm variety of this show and its many ways of getting kids happily to interact! Perfect for preschoolers through grade 3, but older kids love it, too.
$351- $500
How to Tell a Story Workshop Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Mary Jo, a vet of some 3-4,000 storytelling shows & workshops in libraries, schools, on hay bales and lovely national stages in regional storytelling festivals, (more than 30 years' full-time professional expertise) engages family audiences so that they learn how to tell short folktales, easily and with fun and confidence. Mary Jo has learned to tell and teach simultaneously, so participants are immediately actively telling tales, for example, "Why Thumb Lives Apart from the Quarreling Fingers," which uses the fingers and thumb as characters. It's funny and memorable, and repeats so kids can tell it on their own almost immediately. Because there is both gesture and spoken word, the gestures become cues--very empowering! Emphasis is on relaxed, positive-only fun and funny tales to "take home." Kids to adults can enjoy this.
$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
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