Price and McDonough at Charlotte’s Web

Price and McDonough at Charlotte’s Web


This Saturday, April 19, Charlotte’s Web presents two ladies who will bring smiles to the audience: Marilyn Price at the morning Kids’ Show and Megon McDonough in the evening.

Marilyn Price and puppets

At 11 a.m., see nationally known puppeteer, storyteller and educator, Marilyn Price and her puppets at the Rockford Public Library Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. These puppets are made from nerf balls, feather dusters, toilet paper tubes, and baby sleepers. Price and her “helpers” have been performing for nearly 30 years. Her uniquely handcrafted characters convey an enthusiasm for the spirit of her stories to all audiences, young and older. She and her puppets have traveled to every corner of the United States using original scripts and stories fitted to her characters and style. Her choice of materials reflects her impish sense of humor.

Marilyn Price has taught and performed across the country to children and educators, librarians, parents, professional puppeteers, storytellers and clergy. She has been the author of a bi-monthly feature on puppetry for Shofar magazine, a series of articles on Jewish home life for the Reconstructionist magazine, and in spring 1996 released a book, Puppets, in English and Spanish for Celebration Press (an imprint of Scott Foresmen) that featured her puppet creations.

Another of her specialities is creating “programs to suit” for institutions such as the Chicago Public Library system in areas of ecology, fine arts and Chicago lore. She has worked with the Field Museum of Natural History designing a family guide for the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, and working with the Block Gallery of Northwestern University, she created a program centered on the art of Babar the Elephant and another on whales for their Moby Dick painting exhibit.

With a specialty in Judaica, Price designed and coordinated a Family Education Program that used stories to teach. A regular faculty member for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations’ Adult Learning Retreats, she teaches adults a variety of subjects centered on stories and spirituality. All the stories she tells reflect the ethics she feels necessary for a valuable and full life. And she does it all in a most delightful way! This is must-see family fun. Best of all, it’s free!

Megon McDonough at Mendelssohn

At 8 p.m., Megon McDonough performs at Mendelssohn Club, 415 N. Church St. McDonough is best known for her work as an inaugural member of The Four Bitchin’ Babes, which allowed her wit and folk sensibilities to comment on the ups and downs of everyday life. She has performed on stages as varied as The Cellar Door and Carnegie Hall. She is an accomplished comedic actress, having appeared in numerous theater productions including Pump Boys and Dinettes, Beehive, and a box office record-breaking starring role in Always…Patsy Cline. For this latter role, she was nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award. She won an ACE Cable TV Award for singing the theme song of an HBO Olympic ice skating special and has recorded for a Danielle Steele Made for TV movie. McDonough has nine solo albums to her credit. With her most recent album, My One and Only Love, McDonough realized a lifelong dream of recording jazz and torch songs. Says the Washington Post of her latest release, “Here we find McDonough in her true element, sensitively reprising such standards as “Here’s That Rainy Day,” “If I Had You” and the title track.” She has also performed on five compilation albums and released five albums with the Bitchin’ Babes. She has just completed “4 + 1” Music Inspired by The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

Folk lovers may remember a 17-year-old McDonough opening for such acts in the ’70s as John Denver, Steve Martin and Harry Chapin. But she classifies her music as folk/cabaret, citing her love of theater and jazz as the reason for the unusual mix. You loved her in J.R. Sullivan’s Home Town Holiday—here is your chance to spend the whole evening with her.

“McDonough’s voice is seraphic and adaptable, moving gracefully from her Celtic roots to folk, country and jazz,” said the Columbus Dispatch.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, 397-7301; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

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