A Mother's Day tale with a twist

Apr 23, 2014
Song Dog Puppeteers to perform Coyote and The Boy Ben Saturday, May 10.

Rockland — On Saturday, May 10, at 11 a.m. the Song Dog Puppeteers will present Coyote and The Boy Ben, a puppet show in the Sail Power Steam Museum in Rockland.

The 25-minute performance tells the story of a Mother Coyote searching for her little pup, who has run off to play with a butterfly, and a boy called Ben who found himself in the forest after following a bunny. Their story is performed though handmade marionette puppets and is accompanied by music created and performed by Maine musicians. This performance is made possible by the support of the Coastal Children’s Museum’s Sponsor of the Month Camden National Bank. CNB’s own Penny the Pig will be on site as well welcoming audience members and handing out goodies downstairs in the museum during and after the show.

Using the vision of Conservational Biologist Geri Vistein and the talents of puppeteers, artists, and musicians the group of five individuals become the Song Dog Puppeteers and use marionettes, shadow puppets and music to tell their tale. Inspired by true accounts of Native Americans describing how coyotes would re-unite Native American parents with lost children, the show educates audiences about the often misunderstood and maligned Maine resident, the coyote. Even a wild animal has a family to care for and a desire to find a place to call home, a fitting Mother’s Day meditation as we remember our own families. More information about the Coyote and their importance in our ecosystem can be found on Vistein’s educational website coyotelivesinmaine.com.

Tickets to the show are $2 for non-members and $1 for members and admission to the museum is separate and scholarships are available. For more information or to reserve your tickets, please email info@coastalchildrensmuseum.org or call 596-0300.

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