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
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
Starry Song Standards of Love & the Night--Portable Cabaret Music
Mary Jo sings with professional portable keyboard accompanist--songs of love and the night from the Great American Songbook as seen at Cranwell Resort, Colonial Theatre Pittsfield MA, Mission Bar & Tapas, Loomis Village and elsewhere. See cabaret page http://maryjomaichack.com/cabaret/ for video sample. (We bring keyboard and turn your room into an intimate cabaret-style concert.) This is a very special program.
$501- $1000
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
The People Could Fly Music,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Stories of the African American Experience Book early for January’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King and February’s Black History. This show is very popular. The message? Share, be fair, and enjoy this wonderful culture’s songs and stories. Features “The People Could Fly,” an empowering tale of slaves who find wings; “Little Daughter,” who sings her way out of the wolf’s woods; “The Talkin’ Cooter,” riddle tale of freedom told with fiddling turtle; “Mm, Mm, Mm, Martin Luther King”, storypoem of the man’s life by C. Blake-Alston. Children act out “Rabbit & Elephant” in mask and with African rhythm instruments. Also, spirituals and a dance from the Gullah-speaking Sea Islands. Takes listeners from the struggle to the soaring spirit. Even wise old 6th graders have risen, cheering, in response. “Students K-8 loved it.” - Sr. Corinne, Principal, Mater Dolorosa, Holyoke, MA “Highly recommended” - Leon McKinley, Principal, Mayberry E.S., East Hartford, CT.
$351- $500
"Books Are Celebrations" Music,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
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
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
Wild, Weird & Creepy Tales for Teens Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
For Own the Night summer reading club theme, Teen Read Week, Halloween, or anytime you want teens to turn out for stories that they really like. Pretty much straight storytelling from the Urban Legends genre, sometimes with guitar and a sung refrain: featuring classic urban legends, coming-of-age ghost stories teens really enjoy: The Vanishing Hitchhiker, The Blue Satin Dress–or Can a Prom Dress Really Kill?, Giovannin Senza Paura, (the absurd Italian folktale with bits of Italian they can echo), The Three Girls & the Jumping Corpse (with guitar and sung refrain), and more tales teens shouldn’t live or die without.
$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
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
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