2019/07/08

Hello Internet;

Here are some photo’s from this Sundays performance of Meatball the Cat and Maria Maria.

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Maria Maria. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Neomi McGowen and Dustyn Forbes. Maria Maria. FAA Residency 2019. Photo Credit: Lisa Anne Ross

Thanks to Fredericton Arts Alliance for hosting Solo Chicken Productionsand Grey Rabbit Theatre Co. for a residency where we collaborated to create the new shadow show, Meatball the Cat. And a huge thanks the Bibliothèque publique de Fredericton Public Library for hosting the show on Sunday. Meatball the Cat will be hitting the stage once again in September for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery Family Day. Thanks to performers Laura-beth Bird, Dustyn Forbes, Kira Chisholm and Naomi Thais Mercedes McGowan for creating this magical little work.- Lisa Anne Ross. Co-Artistic Director of Solo Chicken Productions.

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/07/06

Hello Internet;

Today was spent building the puppet theater. A huge thank you to Alex Pannier and Bard in the Barracks for providing jacks and braces for the project. I spent time pleating and stapling velvet while Solo Chicken rehearsed the shows.

Puppet Theatre. FAA Residency. 2019

Puppet Theatre. FAA Residency. 2019

Meatball the Cat and Maria Maria are being shown tomorrow at 2:30 pm at the Fredericton Public Library. This is the first version and an entertaining 20 minutes. It has been an interesting and experimental week in the Barracks, and I'm glad for the opportunity to work with Solo Chicken.

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/07/04

Hello Internet;

We’re halfway through our residency and we have a show! We are able to run start to finish with all of the cut pieces. Dustyn has also spliced together some royalty free tunes to work with.

We’re spending tomorrow afternoon drilling and tweaking the work, finding all of the cute moments for Meatball the Cat.

Paper Shadow Puppets. Grey Rabbit Theatre Co. Solo Chicken Productions. FAA Residency. 2019

Paper Shadow Puppets. Grey Rabbit Theatre Co. Solo Chicken Productions. FAA Residency. 2019

I think this is the cutest 10 minutes I’ve ever worked on.

Come See us in the Barracks from 10-5 this week!

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/07/03

Hello Internet;

After an afternoon of cutting card stock and gluing gel sheets, Solo Chicken and I have created 10 minutes worth of content. Meatball the Cat will be performed at 2:30 pm this Sunday at the library in Downtown Fredericton.

Now comes the fine tuning. Dustyn and Noemi have to work out how to move and transition all of the pieces quickly and comfortably in a very small space. We will spend time playing with light sources for effects. We will also work to find or create a suitable soundtrack for the show.

Shadow Puppets. Laura-Beth Bird. FAA Residency. 2019

Shadow Puppets. Laura-Beth Bird. FAA Residency. 2019

Come see us in the Barracks this week from 10-5pm!

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/07/02

Hello Internet;

Solo Chicken Productions and I began the morning with an interview with CHSR radio. This will air sometime during the week. We discussed the artistic process and the project. A big thank you to Matt who came down to the Barracks to talk to us.

In the afternoon, we jumped right back into creating the shadow puppet show. We have named it Meatball the Cat. After cutting and playing, one afternoon created about 1:30 minutes of content for viewership. Puppets are and will always be slow to create and beautiful to watch.

Meatball’s House. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency. 2019

Meatball’s House. Shadow Puppet Show. FAA Residency. 2019

We will be back in the barracks tomorrow afternoon for more creation. Feel free to come by and say hello.

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/07/01

Hello Internet;

Happy Canada Day everyone!

We have officially begun our artist residency with the Fredericton Arts Alliance. Every day from 10-5, you can find Solo Chicken Productions and me in the Case Mates at the Barracks.

Cutting Paper. Kira Chisholm, Naomi Mcgowan, Dustyn Forbes. FAA Residency. July 2019

Cutting Paper. Kira Chisholm, Naomi Mcgowan, Dustyn Forbes. FAA Residency. July 2019

I headed in at 9:00 am this morning to grab the keys and sign the paperwork. Solo Chicken came in at noon and started developing a show. On Sunday, Solo Chicken is performing the work at the library at 2:30 pm for all the children. We don't even know what it's going to be yet, so it will be exciting for us all.

Laura-Beth Bird. FAA Residency. July 2019. Photo Credit: Charlotte

Laura-Beth Bird. FAA Residency. July 2019. Photo Credit: Charlotte

Come by and say hello. I made sure to stock up on tea and popcorn. I even brought the hand puppets for children to play with.

-Laura-Beth Bird