With Jonathan Edward Cross

Weekly Classes offered on Tuesdays 

We are excited to introduce a new puppetry program in residence at the Concord Community Music School, with Jonathan Edward Cross, AKA “Jonny Clockworks” of Bee Skep Puppet Theatre. Puppetry links the visual, performing and musical arts together in a fun and exciting way.

The Bee Skep Puppetry Program serves Concord and greater New Hampshire, through classes, camps, and workshops. Our classes aim to inspire and empower students to create original works. From conception, through construction and performance, our students learn to hone their skills and develop works using a range of creative craft and theatrical techniques.

The Bee Skep Puppet Theatre is a professional company that aims to tell tales that explore humanity’s interconnectedness, celebrate community, and illuminate our place in the natural world. We seek to transform base materials into spiritual gold, as the bee transforms plant pollen into golden honey that feeds and sustains the hive, and the world.

The spring semester children’s program will run on Tuesdays, beginning on February 12. Later this spring, will offer an adult puppetry program that will run for 5 week sessions on Monday evenings! Most of the classes will culminate in a theatrical performance opportunity. Tuition includes all materials.

Bee Skep Junior PuppetMasters
Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 PM
Session 1: February 13 – March 26, 2024
Session 2: April 2 – May 28, 2024
Ages 6-12

Join our crew of Junior PuppetMasters! Learn to build and bring to life a range of wildly inventive puppets, and create worlds straight out of your imagination. Puppetry combines the visual, musical, and theatrical arts unlike any other art form. From shadow puppets, to hand puppets, to rod puppetry, to marionettes, you’ll hone your skills by making a fun, playful, puppetry project each term. Using colorful paper, cardboard, cloth, papier-mâché, and everyday objects, each term will add to your level of mastery. No experience necessary. Tuition includes all materials.

Puppetry Arts Workshop (For Adults)
Mondays, 6:30-8:30 PM
March 25 – April 29, 2024 (no class 4/22)

Learn the art of Puppetry! In these weekly workshops you will learn the history and how-tos of puppet theatre from across the globe. From shadow puppets, to hand puppets, to rod-puppets, to paper theatre, and marionettes, each class will focus on a facet of the world of puppetry, giving you the knowledge to create your own works. From construction to control of the puppet, this general course will expose you to all aspects of the art, and will culminate in a chance to create and perform an original puppetry performance. No experience necessary. Tuition includes all materials.

About the Instructor

Jonathan Edward Cross, {aka Jonny ClockWorks}, returned to his native New Hampshire following a 33 year theatre career in NYC. His Cosmic Bicycle Theatre company and The ClockWorks Puppet Theatre were recipients of several Jim Henson Foundation Grants, and UNIMA-USA award for excellence in puppet theater, an Off-off Broadway Review Award, and a PIF Award overseas. He is launching The Bee Skep Puppet Theatre to serve Concord and the greater New Hampshire, through classes, camps, and original theater productions by our professional company. Our classes aim to inspire and empower students to create original works. From conception, through construction and performance, our students learn to hone their skills and develop works using a range of creative craft and theatrical techniques.