THE GOTTABEES ScreenPLAY!: How to Charm a Sea Monster

An Interactive Zoom Experience -- Part of the VIRTUAL FAMILY SERIES

Ever wondered what the bottom of the sea is like? Join Bonnie as you dive deep into an ocean in your living room, surrounded by creatures both friendly and dramatic. Hopefully, magic will prevail as we are tested to our limits by a curious Sea Monster!

ScreenPLAY! is non-stop interactive FUN, where your whole family becomes part of the story over ZOOM. We explore movement, puppetry, theater, and the irresistible power of being ridiculous!

Every ScreenPLAY! starts by the whole audience putting their screens into Gallery Mode on ZOOM, so all the participants can see each other. Then, it’s off to the races, as Bonnie leads you through a series of playful exercises, taking you on and off your screens, sending you racing around your houses to collect props and costumes, and culminating in everyone acting out a story together. All performed to original music from The Gottabees long-time composers, Brendan Burns and Tony Leva.

Appropriate for ages 3 and up. Performance time is 30-35 minutes, plus Q&A session with the audience.


What people are saying about ScreenPLAY!

"It was a fun and unique journey, it got the kids thinking and moving in the best way!"

"This is not like the ZOOMs we are used to. It is an opportunity to actually get up and play."

"If you are stressing about the amount of screen time your kids are getting but that is literally the only way they see people who aren't you, The Gottabees is your answer. These performances are meaningfully interactive and will spark creative play that will continue long after the screen goes off. Bonnie is a master at what she does."


About The Gottabees

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The Gottabees are a Boston-based ensemble dedicated to creating inspirational, engaging, and empowering theater for family audiences. Our company is known internationally uniting simple- but-elegant visual theater with astonishing technique. We apply our interdisciplinary training in music, dance, acrobatics, theater, and design to share original non-verbal stories set to live music that weave together human and puppet characters in surprising ways.

The Gottabees’ stories reflect children's everyday aspirations, concerns, and emotional experiences. We find it deeply satisfying to create this style of theater for families to giggle, gasp, sigh, and cheer together in 45 minutes or less. One of the things that makes us happiest is when we meet children who have seen a show and parents tell us how their child acted out the entire show for weeks after seeing it. This is the core reason why we make theater for young audiences:

The Gottabees want children to know in their hearts that they, too, can make theater wherever they are and whomever they are.

Our work earned a 2017 UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence and won the “Artistic Achievement Award” for Puppeteers of America’s Northeast Region in 2015. The Gottabees have performed all over, including the Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta, GA), La MaMa E.T.C. (New York City), Detroit Institute of the Arts (Michigan), ICA/Boston (MA), Izmir International Puppet Days (Turkey), and AHA! International Theater Festival for Families (India).



Sponsorship Support for the Family Series was generously provided by FULLER CHEVROLET. Grant support is from the Maine Arts Commission, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Anonimo Foundation.


ScreenPLAY from the Gottabees is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Show Dates & Times:

4/9/21 - Friday

11:00 am,

4/10/21 - Saturday

11:00 am,

$20, $10, $5, or $0

Each ticket reserves a spot for one Zoom attendee / screen, with which multiple family members may participate. A Zoom link will be emailed to you.

If family members each want to join the session from their own screens, you will need to reserve a ticket for each screen.

A limit of 50 tickets will be sold for each show.

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