The Dolly Wagglers/Flying Cardboard Theatre welcomes you! Puppets for the people of Detroit and Beyond

Coming Up:  Detroit Cantastoria Fest 2021!  
8pm November 19 and 20 at St. Peter's Church in Corktown!
Workshops: Oct 25, Nov 3, Nov. 8, Nov. 15 6:30-8pm at St. Peter's
"Cantastoria" is an Italian word for a form of street theater where a narrator tells or sings a story while gesturing to painted banners...An ancient form of theater for the people of Detroit and the current situation--Here are some cantastoria photos from a few years ago-- 
Jason Hicks, Sam Wilson, Maura Gahan and Joe Therrien of Bread and Puppet Theater perform T.I.N.A. (Banners and Cranks, DIA 2015)
Lindsay (Professor D. Wabbit) Performs "Are You A Robot?" Cantastoria
Lindsay and Adam perform "Poke your Finger out Polka" Cantastoria

Detroit Cantastoria Fest! A Collaboration between performance, visual and musical artists from all across Detroit!!
Jason H. and Lindsay M. from Flying Cardboard Theater will lead workshops to create new work and teach some classic shows with local artists and activists!!

Recent Work from Flying Cardboard Puppet Theatre:
"Squirreled Away" Debut at Detroit Puppet Slam with Jason Hicks and Kristi Ternes, Music by Joel Jackson and Walter Prettyman-

Rosie the Turtle (click this link for footage!)

This is one of my favorite puppet creations, from the Mayday Parade (Minneapolis, MN)
Rosie the Turtle represented the long, slow process of fighting for workers rights.

Episode 1: Weird, Unique and Awesome + Episode 2: Ginormous Earth School, Written and Directed by Oliver Pookrum and Lindsay McCaw and the CMAP company.  July 17, 18, 31 Aug 1 2021 at 
CMAP, 2221 Carpenter Ave. Hamtramck MI
(see CMAP link on sidebar for info)

Recent Work-- Zoo Shows with CMAP.  Check out these puppets from the Detroit zoo series! The gorilla show was about Coltan Mining.  The tiger was in a show about Palm Oil.  The Set on the bottom is for a show about endangered frogs.  They are important issues as well as fun puppets.

Recent work November 2020: "A Mortal Danger"
a work-in-progress shown by Cafe Concret "Constellation Cabaret #37"
This is the first Detroit based puppet show from Lindsay McCaw
 and Jason Hicks.  Here is the video:

Lindsay McCaw presents--
Toy Theater of: The Formative Years
episode 1: "The Devil Made Me Do It"
more episodes to come.

France 2019:
Lindsay ended up on the cover of the Puppetry Journal as a part of the "Honey Let's Go Home Opera" from Bread and Puppet's performance at the International Puppetry Festival in Charleville, France
(I'm the one in blue, looking up!):
Our workshop with "Attac," a French Environmental/Economic Justice Organization, produced these skeletons representing corporations that Environmentalists have sited as destructive.

Check out
Randy and Hazel-
a couple-a dummies:
Dr. Randy Clifton's Internet Debut!
this piece was made for the Detroit Puppet Slam
hosted by CMAP April 2020

"The Woodchopper-Opera
A cautionary fairytale exploring appropriate technology
shown here in an abridged version (full version available soon) This is perhaps my favorite show we ever made.  This is from the Open Eye Figure Theatre's Toy Theatre Festival several years ago.

2020 Work in Progress-Pete's Adventure, Episode 1
Kids Show
View the Trailer:

This is one of my favorite cantastorias, from Banners and Cranks Detroit 2015.
This show is a toast to the work of the unacknowledged
This film is the only documentation I have, partially obscured by a head.  This particular performance was a special one and I am happy to have this short clip.

(click on the words, not the picture)

From Great Small Works Virtual Toy Theatre Festival, 2020
Entitled: "Delicado" the last instrumental number 1 hit
Made and performed in 24 hours in our kitchen!  You can do it yourself!

Check out this Event from November 2019, Trixie's Bar in Hamtramck, first ever 
A great art form for escaping to a paradise world.
help reclaim this often misused and misunderstood art form!

These are two paintings done by yours truly, (L. McCaw):

Join us for the next velvet painting event!

"Gross Bliss" 
This show debuted in Putney, VT at the Sandglass Theatre in 2013.  We took it to Detroit and Ypsilanti in 2014.  "Gross Bliss" is about the struggles of artists in the modern world, carnivorous plants and the consequences of facebook.  In collaboration with the brave and talented Gregory Corbino

The following is a short clip from our first performance of "Gross Bliss:"  A full version is available on "youtube"

Recently Discovered Footage of:
The Mystery of Ice Mountain
Show for Kids-

Recently Discovered Footage:
"The History of Fun" cantastoria
Only performed once! 2015
A madcap tour of the origins of humanity and the quest for "Fun."
By the end you may not be sure what fun really is any more.

"Nashville Zoo" 
Cranky Show/Music Video made in 2019
in collaboration with Timmy Findlen, Maura Gahan and others

Warning: this cranky features Hundreds of Wild Animals!!

Sample Platter:
This sample includes moments from: 
The "Sardine Circus," "Polka your Finger out Polka," "Everything in Moderation all at Once Cranky" and "Bavarian Folk Tale" (scroll down for full Bavarian Folk Tale footage)

"Bavarian Folk Tale" from GSW Toy Theatre Festival 2013

Bavarian Folk Tale is a comical/satirical tale of a group of mining elves who come in contact with the forces of nature.
See the show here!
Note: this performance had some technical/sound issues and does not feature the original cast.
We are happy to have it as a document.


2013-2014 highlights

Lindsay waggles Woody Guthrie and sidekick puppet in "The Hard Times of Woody Guthrie," a kids show we toured in 2013.

Pictured here are 2 of 15 mighty slow sloths from the mayday parade in minneapolis they had extended arms and they all pedaled bicycle floats

This is a "Terror Bird" from this 2013's Barebones Halloween Show at Hidden Falls Park in St. Paul/Minneapolis. This creature is based on a prehistoric flightless flesh eating mega-bird! 

The following pictures are from Lindsay's trip to India in August/September 2013.
Above is Sorna, a creater and performer of traditional and current events based scroll shows in a small village called Pingla near Kolkata, India. I was able to visit her and her community and several other communities practicing traditional puppetry and parading this summer on a tour with the Corn Potato String Band.
 Sorna's house is beautifully decorated as are many of the houses in the scroll-painter (patachitra) village. Her husband is working on paintings in their breezeway.
 This tremendous Ganesh sculpture is made of a thin layer of clay over a straw sculpture and will be beautifully painted with bright colors for Durga Puja, a Hindu religious event in which sculptures of Durga, Ganesh and other dieties are paraded to giant shrines and then taken to the river to disintegrate.
 This is detail of a Pal, or story-banner painting. Note the tiny mouse, for whom several songs out of the 57 hour traditional performance are dedicated.
 More of the Pal depicting the story of Pabuji, an infamous and charismatic hero.
We had the great fortune of meeting Sugana, a Bhopi and talented player of the Ravanhatta, one of the instruments traditionally used to accompany the telling of Pabuji's epic tale. The instrument is a bamboo fiddle with 15 sympathetic strings. We met him through the curator of the amazing Desert Museum in Jodhpur, Kuldeep Kothari.



This Giant moose appeared on Mayday May 5 in Minneapolis MN. It was carried by three stalwart gents to the delight of many. It is accompanied by a 4-member "shambling hummock" dance team. 

These Mandrils continue to boggle and delight from Minnesota to Boston to Vermont Vaudeville. 

 Rural Academy Theatre Horse and Wagon tour, 2012 (see past posts for the "OLD RELIABLE HORSE DRAWN SPECTACULAR" see the link to this ongoing project!  
 2013 Brought us the Police State Cabaret, a tour from Boston down to Charlottesville with Sam Wilson, Fede Collina, and Jason Hicks


Past work:

Halloween Parade with Brooklyn Free School, NYC, Oct. 2011

This ferocious eight-person (40 foot) dragon was built from donated materials in a weeklong workshop at the Brooklyn Free School. It was made for a Halloween street parade and was accompanied by a bucket drum corps, a cheerleading squad and a team of hula-hoopers. The following are pictures of the workshop:

Recent performances include: A cantastoria and a cranky show performed at Banners and Cranks in Chelsea, NYC

The Woodchopper Opera, pictured here, is a hand-written fairy tale about appropriate technology. It is appropriate for all ages and was made several years ago, for the Boxcutter Cabaret. We continue to show it in many places including NYC pictured below.

Pageants and Large scale puppets are also part of our repertoire. Pictured here is a vulture that Lindsay Built for the Barebones Halloween Show

Recent events also include: The Sardine Circus, a surrealist miniature circus complete with real sardine performers.

Live Art 2011 on Madeline Island:
"Why have a home planet when you can have a tube in space?"

Adam and Space man (Phil Parhamovich) in front of the base of the rocketship

Workshop participants making the many cardboard flames that were necessary for blast-off.

The Dolly Wagglers/Flying Cardboard Theatre welcomes you! Puppets for the people of Detroit and Beyond

Coming Up:  Detroit Cantastoria Fest 2021!   8pm November 19 and 20 at St. Peter's Church in Corktown! Workshops: Oct 25, Nov 3, Nov. 8,...