Marta Mozelle Macrostie and her one-woman clown show, “Please Ship This Wet Gift,” is coming to NECCA on Jan. 28.
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Marta Mozelle Macrostie and her one-woman clown show, “Please Ship This Wet Gift,” is coming to NECCA on Jan. 28.

Grant supports show, free workshop at NECCA for young audiences

The New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) recently received a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts to bring in a show specifically for family audiences as well as a free workshop by the performers, also for young people and their families.

Please Ship this Wet Gift will be performed as a one-hour matinee at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the circus school Trapezium, and the free workshop is on Sunday, Jan. 28, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Marta Mozelle MacRostie and her one-woman clown show, Please Ship This Wet Gift, "is the perfect show to expand NECCA's options for young and family audiences," organizers said in a news release. "This upbeat and funny performance is one clown's presentation about terrible feelings, and provides an opportunity for family audiences to laugh together about feeling bad."

MacRostie is the artistic director of Brave Bucket, her company that makes puppet theater for family and adult audiences that she says is "playful, rooted in complex characters, and tells original stories."

Using drawing, audience suggestions, made-up songs, puppetry, and cardboard sharks to explore dealing with the things in life that are unfair, scary, sad, and just really annoying, Wet Gift melds clown theater with puppetry expertise to bring compassion and lightness to the heavy stuff.

The show is funded in part by the New England States Touring (NEST) program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Tickets for the Saturday show are free for children under 2, $10 for children under 12 and seniors, $15 for those over 12, and $25 for VIP seats. The Sunday workshop is free, but pre-registration is requested. Tickets and registration are at or 802-254-9780.

This The Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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