This play was created to introduce children to the theater.
The educational nonprofit Treehouse Shakers will present “Olive & Pearl” at Flushing Town Hall twice on Saturday, March 18.
Two human actors and a crew of puppets tell the story of a young girl, Olive, who is being lovingly raised by her grandmother, Pearl. The plot isn’t very complicated. Pearl builds a fire, pours tea, and cooks meals. She uses her safe, familiar arms to rock Olive to sleep in her soft, comfortable lap.
The warm, conflict-free acting creates a sense of home. It’s kind of like the two characters are playing fairy house. To add to the intimacy, the audience sits inside the residence, which features a dome made of soft felts, along with crocheted squares and colorful fabrics. There’s a nest above the window, and the living room features a mouse hole and a fishbowl.
Olive and Pearl go on an imaginary journey to the moon, where they sing and dance. True to the fairy theme, the moon is an elegantly carved wooden puppet. It glows and moves.
Attendees accompany the characters on this adventure. They feel different textures and even smell pleasant aromas.
Showtimes are 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Each performance is preceded by a workshop involving puppet-making with household objects, storytelling, finger tales, and poetry. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children.
Founded in 1997 and based in Manhattan, Treehouse Shakers is currently in residency at Flushing Town Hall.
Treehouse Shakers at Flushing Town Hall
Images: Treehouse Shakers