Congratulations to Maureen Adams!
Maureen is a proud puppeteer and has been for over 50
years. She is a chartered member of the Ontario Puppetry
Association since its formation and is also a member of
the Puppeteers of America. She was the co-founder and
President of the Puppetry Guild of Halton/Peel.
Maureen became interested in Marionettes when she was
a childrens librarian in 1951 in Niagara Falls.
During that time, she attended a Puppetry Course in Kingston,
with her late husband, John. She said recently that she
was somewhat apprehensive about conducting story
time for the library but discovered that using Marionettes
gave her great confidence. She became interested in the
drama side of puppetry and John was interested
in the audio side. After
her move to Saskatoon, she was involved in a T.V. Show
for the Saskatoon Library. By that time, she and John
were also making marionettes.
Maureen and her family moved to Brampton in 1962. Shortly
after, the Adams Marionettes was formed and puppetry
became a family affair, with their children becoming part
of the productions.
Maureen breaths puppetry. She has become a great resource
in our community, bringing the history, the construction
and performing of puppets. She can talk for hours on the
subject making sure we understand how vital this form
of art is. If you have a chance to watch Maureen work
a marionette, you will become riveted to and drawn into
her performance. Ken B. McKay wrote a book on this art,
calling it An Art to Enchant (Maureen and
John are also featured in the book). Maureen has never
stopped promoting this Art to Enchant.
Maureen says the use of puppets are an excellent communication
tool. She feels this art has made her aware of drama,
colour of nature and a love of the theatre.
Her philosophy is that people need to not strive for what
you want to do but what you are good at - find your niche.
She said that she was so fortunate to have found her niche
as a childrens librarian, which lead to becoming
involved in this form of art.
We thank Maureen Adams for bringing her love of puppetry
to our community, for so many years!