A performance by the Cashore Marionettes is a celebration of life.
The program (LIFE IN MOTION) consists of a collection of engaging pieces encompassing a broad range of themes, each delivered with a simplicity that expresses the essence of the moment. A marionette is a puppet controlled from above by strings, not by hand inside the puppet. In the U.S. puppet shows are often considered to be exclusively for children, whereas throughout the rest of the world puppet and marionette plays are classically performed for adult audiences. This Cashore Marionettes show is definitely for both: adults and children.
At the age of 11, Joseph Cashore created his first marionette from clothspins, wood, string and a tin can. While playing with this puppet he was startled by the sensation that the puppet was alive. After graduation from college Joesph made his second marionette, and he discovered he would have to create his own control designs. For the next 19 years, while pursuing a career in oil painting, Joseph experimented with the construction of the marionettes and devised totally new control mechanisms.
During the late 1980's Mr. Cashore had a breakthrough, deciding to make a puppet which could convincingly "play" a violin solo note for note! That puppet was the turning point in Joseph's career, and became the impetus for his present productions. Mr. Cashore has been performing full-time since 1990 across North America, Europe and Asia. He has received numerous awards based on his artistic accomplishments.
Joseph Cashore is an accomplished artist as well as puppeteer, and his talent in sculpture and portraiture is evident in his marionettes. The Marionettes, their clothing, and all the props have been made entirely by him. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife Wilma, who is the assistant for his performances.
The program consists of a collection of engaging pieces encompassing a broad range of themes, each delivered with a simplicity that expresses the essences of the moment.
Information provided by Allied Concert