Now in its 5th year, The Figures of Speech Student Ensemble (FOSSE) is an after-school program that pairs high school students with professional artist mentors to create original theater employing a wide spectrum of stage media: puppets, actors, masks, movement and music. Our past four productions have all been live shows. Last year we took Paul Bunyan on the road for performances in Freeport, Westbrook, Portland, and Peaks Island.
This year's production is going to be a filmed, puppetry adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. FOSSE Director Ian Bannon will lead ensemble in an exploration of the novel and then help them to adapt the novel into a storyboard and script. Visual arts mentor Abbeth Russell will help the ensemble envision and create the necessary shadow puppets, toy theater inspired puppets and sets, and Jan Svankmajer inspired cinematic close-ups. Music mentor Nic Robichaud will help the ensemble create an original, contemporary soundtrack. We're especially excited to have Barry Dodd, the director behind the web series Ragged Isle on board as our videography mentor! Barry and his videography team will help ensemble shoot the 2-D and 3-D performances and edit them into a compelling film. A series of short "behind the scenes" documentaries will also be produced to record the process.
We wish to thank the Maine Art Commission and
Maine Community Foundation for their generous support!