Martin County Library System Press Releases

March 26, 2010

Don’t Miss These Marvelous Marionettes! April 10, 2pm and 7pm


Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                       

DATE:  MARCH 26, 2010                                                                               

CONTACT:  MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                                                       



WHO:  The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., in support of the Martin County libraries

WHAT:     Chautauqua South: The Cashore Marionettes


Back by popular demand, The Cashore Marionettes return to the Blake Library in Stuart Saturday, April 10 for two free performances:  

1)       “Simple Gifts” – Saturday, April 10, 2:00 p.m.                                                              Recommended for adults and children 8 and older 

The program “Simple Gifts” is a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to stunning music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland.  The original vignettes presented in Simple Gifts, through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical illusion and artistic insight, provide a sensitive vision of what it is to be human.  The performance spans the range of emotions with characters and actions that are amazingly convincing.  The marionettes are engineering marvels and the quality of movement is extraordinary.  “Simple Gifts” runs 60-70 minutes with no intermission.

2)        “Life in Motion” – Saturday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.

Recommended for adults and young adults

In the performance “Life in Motion,” a longer version of the above show, Joseph Cashore presents his collection of marionette masterworks. Characters of depth, integrity, and humanity are portrayed in a full evening unlike anything else in theater today. The performance is a series of comic and poignant scenes taken from everyday life and set to beautiful music by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classic music, and poetic insight, The Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life.  “Life in Motion” runs 90 minutes and includes a 15-minute intermission.

WHERE:  Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart



1) Saturday, April 10, 2:00 p.m. – “Simple Gifts” (for adults and children 8 years old and up)

2) Saturday, April 10, 7:00 p.m. – “Life in Motion” (for adults and young adults)


HOW:       Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations needed.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772/221-1403, visit the library Web site at or pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library.



At the age of 11, Joseph Cashore created his first marionette from clothespins, wood, string and a tin can.  It was while playing with this puppet that he was startled by the sudden but momentary sensation that the puppet was alive.  This illusion had nothing to do with the appearance of the marionette and everything to do with the quality of the movement.

After graduation from college Mr. Cashore made his second marionette.  He remembered that first marionette from childhood and thought he would try to make a puppet that could sustain and extend that sensation of being alive.  He quickly discovered that in order to have the fluid motion he sought, he would have to create his own control designs.  For the next nineteen years, while pursuing a career in oil painting, Mr. Cashore experimented with the construction of the marionettes and devised totally new control mechanisms.

During the late 1980s Mr. Cashore had a breakthrough. He had always admired Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and decided to make a puppet that would convincingly “play” the violin solo note for note.  “It seemed almost impossible to get the quality of movement that I wanted,” Mr. Cashore explains. “ But once I began to solve the technical problems and gain subtle control of the marionette body, I saw that there was the possibility for greater depth of expression with the marionettes.”  That puppet, Maestro Janos Zelinka, was the turning point in Mr. Cashore’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 including a Pew Charitable Trusts’ Fellowship for Performance Art, based upon his artistic accomplishment. He has also received a Henson Foundation Grant, an award intended to help promote puppetry to adult audiences.  Mr. Cashore has been awarded the highest honor an American puppeteer can receive, a UNIMA Citation of Excellence. UNIMA states that Citations are “awarded to shows that touch their audiences deeply; that totally engage, enchant and enthrall.”



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