Turning "arghs" into "ohms;" finding the island of calm; fighting off the pirates of the monkey mind--these are just a few experiences in store for audiences in New York Mills! The Cultural Center hosts Monkey Mind Pirates (MMP) by Z Puppets Rosenschnoz in the auditorium at the NYM public school at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28.
Daniel Smith, author of Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, says of MMP, "an ingenious and irresistible way to introduce children to the concept of mindfulness." The monkey mind is an ancient term for when a person's brain swings from thought to thought like a monkey through the trees.
It is Z Puppets' quest to help children and adults navigate the stormy seas of stress by tapping into the power of playfulness. MMP, therefore, is a puppet, rock, yoga adventure for families in search of calm. In the show, NYMills 4th graders take the stage alongside professional puppeteers and musicians during this epic tale of overcoming anxiety, stress and distraction.
Monkey Mind Pirates has won critical acclaim from national magazines such as Creative Play and Creative Child. Fox News declared it a "swashbuckling good time." More importantly, children and adults use the characters and ideas from MMP to find calm amidst stress--everything from insomnia and road rage to sibling rivalry. Will it happen to you?
MMP was created collaboratively by playwright Shari Aronson, librettist David DeGennaro and puppet designer Chris Griffith. Students of all ages get into the performance for free; show recommended for ages 3 and up. Tickets for adults are only $5 and can be purchased at the door.
MMP is performed in the James W. Mann Center for Performing Arts at the New York Mills Schools. This performance of Monkey Mind Pirates is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Tour grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
For more information or buy tickets, please call the Cultural Center at (218) 385-3339 or visit the Center's website at www.kulcher.org.