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Cincinnati’s Madcap Theatre joins DPO and Neal Gittleman for May 23 performance

DAYTON OH (May 10, 2010) – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Neal Gittleman will join Cincinnati’s Madcap Theatre for “Fairy Tale Fantasia” on Sunday, May 23, 2010, as they present the final concert in the DPO’s 2009-2010 DP&L Family Series at 3 p.m. in the Schuster Center.

Madcap Puppet Theatre is widely known for programs in the strong story-telling tradition of Jim Henson and Sesame Street. Their May 23 performance with the DPO will feature Little Red Riding Hood, dancing frogs, a swaggering toreador and a wild hoedown! Come early for fun family activities in the Schuster Center Wintergarden beginning at 2 p.m., sponsored by the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association.

Tickets for the concert of May 23 range from $10 - $17 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at

The Family Series sponsor is Dayton Power & Light. The DPO’s 2009-2010 Education media partner is the Dayton Daily News.


About Madcap Theatre
From its beginnings, Madcap has been firmly rooted in the art of professional puppet theatre, children’s literature, and world cultures. Madcap’s founder, the late Jerry Handorf, graduated from the American School of Mime and Dance in New York City and earned his teaching certificate in Art Education at Edgecliff College as well as a B.F.A. degree in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute of Art.

In New York Jerry worked with Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, studying puppet manipulation and construction, and was a puppeteer on Sesame Street. He returned to his native Cincinnati and, with Beth Kattelman, founded, Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre in 1981.

Concentrating on Young Audiences, Madcap Productions quickly built a repertoire of comic-absurd and original fairytale performances touring up to 6 ensembles concurrently to schools, community centers, art museums and libraries. Madcap adapted classic stories, such as Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and others for giant puppets and expressive “hand in mouth” characters. Working with professional actors brought a strong audience reaction with many performances incorporating audience participation. It was at this time in 1984 that Madcap also began to receive support from the Fine Arts Fund of Cincinnati.

In 1999, in collaboration with Michael Chertock, Madcap began the Linton, Peanut Butter and Jam Music Series, combining puppets and live classical music. That same year Madcap commissioned The Ugly Duckling composed by Scot Woolley, which toured to symphony orchestras. 2000 marked the first Czech Black (black light) production, Winter Wonders, which opened in the Hats Off Series. This show was a featured of the Cincinnati Zoo’s first Festival of Lights celebration in 2001. Also in 2001, the Hats Off Series extended to include an annual season at The Speed Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, now in its 8th year.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in the community. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.

Performance Place at the Schuster Center~109 North Main Street, Suite 200~Dayton, Ohio 45402

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