Artists’ Statement: as musicians, actors and puppeteers we wanted to create a live musical, visual, and experiential performance to help foster the message of the library as a place of fun and imagination at “the heart” of the neighbourhood. Collaborating Artists: Emily Schon, Morgan Nerenberg, Iva Delic, Luisa Muhr.
The Sounds of Silence at the Library — a theatre animation game to “kick off” the Cabaret. Led by Morgan Pudwell.
Introduction to the Cabaret: Finger puppets representing our library partners, Robin Kelley and Eric Craven, serve as MCs to guide us through the various parts of the cabaret. A shadow puppet light box presents a narrated timeline that tracks the progress of the Atwater Library through a consideration of the historical aesthetic, values, hopes, and framework on which the original Mechanics Institute was created. (see “Early Impressions” below for the full script).