Imagination and hard work
Patrick Seward, 11, talks with Old Turtle.
Caroline Fairless (left) portrayed the crow and Margaret Monto was the porcupine in the performance of "Old Turtle and the Broken Truth."
Cast members bring their animal characters to life during the performance of "Old Turtle and the Broken Truth" in Wilmot.
Imagination and hard work paid off
As with most projects or programs that are outrageously successful, the dramatization of “Old Turtle and the Broken Truth,” a children’s story by Douglas Wood, drew on the imagination and hard work of many, many people. The performance, which was staged at the Wilmot Community Association’s Timmy Patten Park in Wilmot, was the result of a partnership between the WCA and Restoring the Waters Puppet Theater. An audience of more than 125 people enjoyed the performance on Aug. 24.
Caroline Fairless and Jim Sims founded the puppet theater when they lived in Maryland. They brought the organization and their ideas for giant puppets with them when they moved to Wilmot.
The performance culminated nearly a year of preparation that included a series of summer papier mache workshops held in July and August at the WCA’s Red Barn.
The WCA and Restoring the Waters Puppet Theater deeply appreciate the time and talent given by the cast, crew and others who made it possible to transform the idea into a performance.
Characters, many of whom made masks during the workshop, were portrayed by Theresa Quinn, Kimberly Waterman, Margaret Monto, Natalie Densmore, Chloe Midgett, Sophie Anderson, Ollie Sauerwein, Ann Feeley Kieffer, Alison Seward, Candis Whitney, Zoe Sauerwein, Marion Allen and Fairless. Todd and Kimberly Slover also made masks used in the performance.
David Lorden, a Wilmot resident known for his wood carvings, helped construct the Old Turtle giant puppet.
Other performers were Tom Tuthill, Jack Waterman, Katy Waterman, Ed Weaver, Andy Seward, Jeri VandenBusch, Abby Seward, Patrick Seward, Christy Lowe and Sims.
Margaret Monto, WCA board member, worked with Fairless and Sims to orchestrate the performance. As director, Tuthill guided the group through the dress rehearsals. Sims managed the sound and lights. Mary Jane Ogmundson was the narrator; Nicole Densmore provided the musical accompaniment; Patricia “Tootie” Fleury was the seamstress; and Tina Cotton was the videographer. John Monto and Mary Fanelli ran the concession stand.
Others who assisted were Patty McGoldrick, John Monto, John Gutman, Marc Davis, Tom and Margaret Woodger, and the town of Wilmot, including the selectmen, office staff, Wilmot Police Department and the Wilmot Highway Department. Thank you one and all!
CAROLINE FAIRLESS and JIM SIMS, founders,
Restoring the Waters