Basic Information

Address: 2015 NE 54th Ave., Portland, OR 97213-2775
Phone Number: 503-282-2165
Fax Number: 503-249-9520
Director: Mick Doherty

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Additional Information

Focus: Shadow Puppetry with live music, voices and sound effects
Grade Levels: Pre-K, K-5, 6-8
Length: 45-50 minutes

We tour the West Coast regularly, and are willing to travel coast to coast as time and budgets allow.

Pricing: $600 for one performance, $800 for two performances, $1000 for three performances, plus travel costs.

Teacher workshop, "Teaching with Shadow Puppetry in the Classroom" are available.

Residencies: Not available.
Setup: 90 minutes
Takedown: 70 minutes
Equipment: A dark room ("movie theatre dark" is best) is the one crucial ingredient. Other than this, we just need two grounded outlets, and a teacher to turn the lights off on cue, after we've introduced ourselves and given a brief demonstration of a shadow puppet and some musical instruments and sound effects devices..
Special Requirements: Aside from a room that can be darkened (shades on windows, no skylights, etc.) we just need a staging area 16" X 16" with 8'3" clearance, and the two grounded electrical outlets. We can play on a stage or on the same level as the audience. We limit audience size to 300 students per assembly.

Our specialty is live shadow puppetry with live music, voices and sound effects. Deb Chase, the shadow puppeteer, works behind the shadow screen. Mick Doherty, the musician/storyteller, works in

Mission Statement:

Our goal is to perform delightful and entertaining and informative shadow plays. Our commitment is to present entirely live theatrical work -- puppetry, music, voices and sound effects all performed live -- in a manner that we hope delights and inspires our audience.

Philosophy/Belief Statement: Our goal is to perform delightful and entertaining and informative shadow plays. Our commitment is to present entirely live theatrical work -- puppetry, music, voices and sound effects all performed live -- in a manner that we hope delights and inspires our audience.
Program History:

Shadow puppeteer Deb Chase and musician/actor Mick Doherty joined forces in the 1980s, and have performed their unique shadow plays across the US and Canada. Along with hundreds of elementary schools and public libraries, the Oregon Shadow Theatre has performed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Northwest Puppet Center in Seattle, the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. They have twice been awarded the UNIMA-USA Citation for Excellence in the Art of Puppetry, the award created by Jim Henson to honor the best in American puppetry.

Testimonials: "A bright array of talent...stretches the imagination..." Seattle Post-Intelligencer "The Oregon Shadow Theatre neatly illustrates how striking cut-out puppets can be when light and shadow are artfully applied." Seattle Times "Wonderful!" Susan Swarhout, Director, Discovery Theater Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. "... without a doubt this is the best show I have ever seen. The creativity, the story line, and the music were perfection under the artistic talents of Deb and Mick. Range of appeal for all age levels is a real plus." Sally W. Johnson, Principal Whitman School, Portland, Oregon "These performers/artists are the best... a complete show, a total performance: music, art, storytelling, puppetry. Our patrons were delighted. Bravo!" Sue Mooseker King County Library System "Thank you for making our season a great success. What a great combination and great pleasure to have your company in Idaho." Sandy Thomsen, Program Director Idaho Falls Arts Council "Utterly delightful to experience. They are an incredible, unique team!" Sherry Johns, Montana Puppet Guild "The performance set a high standard of excellence." Louise Booth, Artistic Director Pacific Northwest Festival, Victoria, BC "The Oregon Shadow Theatre is one of the highlights of the Summer Reading program at the Bellevue Regional Library. I can't imagine a summer program without them and our public would be outraged if they were not a prominent part of our line-up. This is because Deb Chase and Mick Doherty are consummate performers. They know their audience, the shows are fresh, funny and thoughtful, the execution is flawless and the music fabulous - and live! They have a plethora of programs suited to every library and taste. What we especially appreciate about their shows is their direct link to literature and reading. As an aside, many of our patrons follow the Oregon Shadow Theatre around to every production we have in the King County Library System. This spring we also took the Oregon Shadow Theatre to several of our schools as part of our Summer Reading promotion. The schools loved the shows and hope we will return again next year for the same kind of promotion!" Cecilia P. McGowan Manager, Children's Department Bellevue Regional Library Quotes from more librarians: "One of the parents called the library to say what a fantastic show and performance. He wanted to thank the library for having the Oregon Shadow Theatre. The details & quality of the show is excellent -- music, storytelling & puppetry." "This is a fantastic show for kids and adults - thank you!"
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Plays currently touring include:



Jack and the Varmints


The Green Bird, A Mexican Story

Pecos Bill, A Tall Tale

Puss in Boots

Anansi the Spider