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:
Website: AND for pastel painting workshops:
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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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
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
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