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Center for the Arts to Host “The Mammoth Follies”

January 15, 2013

The College of Staten Island's Center for the Arts will host The Mammoth Follies on January 20.

Participate in an exceptionally exhilarating experience. The Mammoth Follies lure audiences with a charming rendition of a pre-historic musical. Through one-of-a-kind songs, and original choreography, watch as more than 20 dinosaur puppets come to life. The Mammoth Follies performance will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 3:00pm at the Center for the Arts (CFA) in the Williamson Theatre. Tickets are $15 and $12, and can be purchased in person, by phone, by mail, and online through the CFA Box Office, 2800 Victory Boulevard, 1P-113, Staten Island. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm; Saturday, noon to 3:00pm; 718.982.ARTS (2787).

Enter and enjoy pre-historic times with The Mammoth Follies. Watch and explore the wonders of evolution in an old-fashioned revue of original songs, witty jokes, and earth-shattering dance moves performed live on stage. The ensemble forms a varying cast of well-trained performers, child educators, puppeteers, choreographers, and art designers. This amazing musical dramatizes historic and scientific facts (as well as some myths) about the great age of the dinosaur. Watch as enormous puppets populate the stage, including your host Willie Mammoth, Smiley the Saber-Toothed Tiger, Bessie the 27-foot-long Apatosaurus, Tony and Trixie Triceratops, Terry the Pterodactyl, and Rex the 11-foot-tall Tyrannosaurus. The Mammoth Follies will astonish and inspire families and people of all ages. Crowds will leave both entertained and educated.

Hudson Vagabond Puppets (HVP), incorporated in 1980 as a not-for-profit company, creates larger-than-life puppetry and mask programs designed to fit into the school curriculum as well as to entertain children and their families. HVP performers are professional dancers and actors. Clad in black, the puppeteers borrow from the traditional Japanese Bunraku style of puppetry, becoming mere shadows of the enormous figures they bring to life. From 1984 to 1998, The Mammoth Follies was performed for audiences all over the country, and in a variety of prestigious venues such as the BAM Opera House. For nearly 14 years, it was thought that The Mammoth Follies was extinct. Then on February 18, 2012, HVP decided to bring the show back to life, completely renovating the production of this wildly popular and thoroughly educational musical.




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