Springing from the traditions of the fine arts, ‘The Phantastic Theater’ presentations introduce young people to the transformative power of imagination though engaging, educational and entertaining ‘interdisciplinary’ works and remind adults of the time when they first experienced the arts.
Saturday, March 4th 11AM!
Brooklyn Arts Fellowship
Excellent Show, Wonderful Audience!
Fine Arts and Music for Family Audiences!
Within a setting of theatrical presentation, gorgeous symphonic music flows through speakers as the audience sees text and colorful illustration flow by on screen, like a living book. Experience dance, voice acting, puppetry and live performance by one of America’s leading artists, flutist ROBERT DICK! Join Mary and Tim as they start their adventure on a field trip to the zoo and meet the Wizard Zitthoona who ushers them into THE PHANTASTIC ZOO where they hear the timeless and beautiful stories of The Phoenix, The Mermaid and The Dragon! A unique and powerful storytelling experience for the whole family!
This unique presentation system combines fine arts education with live performance, workshops and individual presentation. We provide the opportunities for fine arts educators and performers to share with young people and their families the impact the arts have had on their lives, individuals and society. Teaching elements are firmly embedded in our presentations, both specifically and intrinsically. We are reaching out to diverse audiences to provide the benefits of the arts to under served communities.
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The Phantastic Theater shows often begin with an episodic story such as episodes from Christopher Kaufman’s The Musical Forest, featuring young artist Sofia Rose (dancer/actor/singer), then we feature guest young artists and special guests and/or a flute demo by chief resident artist, flutist/composer Robert Dick, and then a full production of THE PHANTASTIC ZOO. This work also features a brilliant reading from well-known actor for television and stage Stephanie Erb… we are deeply grateful for her contribution!
In these productions audiences experience fully orchestrated music flowing through speakers as colorful illustrative art and text streams across the screen like living books while voice acting and live musical performances lead the way. Giant art puppets are also employed to enliven the imaginative experience.
Dr. Kaufman also leads workshops based on these works.
THE MUSICAL FOREST WORKSHOP.
The main event, a full production of THE PHANTASTIC ZOO, takes the audience on a thrilling adventure and teaches the power and importance of Imagination while world re-knowned flutist and composer ROBERT DICK performs music on his many flutes. THE MUSICAL FOREST episodes, featuring Young Artist dancer/actor/singer Sofia Rose, teach music fundamentals through imaginative adventures.
Dr. Kaufman is an accomplished composer who has created a large catalog of vibrant, colorful and expressive works for classical concert stage – and he has focused on the teaching of young people for many years. More information on his work HERE: his teaching HERE:
‘The Phantastic Zoo’ can be considered a ‘vehicle’ for Robert. His profound sense of coloration and imaginative and masterful use of extended techniques… (he did, in fact write ‘the book’ on the subject, refer to his volume, ‘The Other Flute’)… are here celebrated in the service of storytelling… Robert personifies Zitthoona the Mage, The Dragon and The Living Tree… and performs on flute throughout.
FIVE MINUTE DEMO!
Our February 27th Premiere was part of the COMPOSERS NOW Festival
Visit also THE MUSICAL FOREST.
CONTACT: jmusic800@gmail dot com
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