On Saturday March 2 at 11 and 2 pm Milo the Magnificent will play at Sandglass Theater as part of the Winter Sunshine Series of puppet shows for families. The Jim Henson Foundation Grant awarded “Milo the Magnificent” is a highly engaging puppet show about an aspiring magician. Using stunningly innovative puppetry, Milo presents a variety of magic tricks which don’t always go as planned. All ages.
“Milo is a bit of a cardboard character, but you can’t blame him for that. He’s a puppet: specifically, a huge cutout fellow, whose arms, hands and feet belong to one of his creators, and whose changing facial expressions are recorded on flippable circular cards. The duo Alex & Olmsted — Alex Vernon and Sarah Olmsted Thomas — invented his world, which includes other puppets made of cleverly repurposed materials. Milo, appearing here as part of the Just Kidding series, aspires to be an illusionist, and while his tricks and experiments rarely work out as planned, children will still find them magical.”
– Laurel Graeber, The New York Times
About the Artists: Alex & Olmsted have been making puppets together since 2010. In recent years, they have performed at the international Puppet Festival Chuncheon in South Korea, the Festival de Casteliers in Montréal, Symphony Space and LaMaMa in New York City, The Puppeteers of America Festival, and two National Puppet Slams. “Milo the Magnificent” was awarded a 2017 Jim Henson Foundation Grant, a Greenbelt Community Foundation Grant, and received an excellent hit in the New York Times. Alex & Olmsted are resident artists at Baltimore Theatre Project. They are also proud company members of Happenstance Theater with whom they have created 9 productions since 2012.