FOUR WISHES an adaptation of Gluskabe and the Four Wishes by, Joseph Bruchac
For Families and Young Audiences
Four Wishes This Gunstwork production of the classic tale, which features exquisite puppets, expressive masks, and original choreography, ignites the imagination of young and old alike. This dynamic solo production is a teaching story of the Wabanaki, the native people of New England and southern Canada. It depicts the journey of four native New England Abenaki men as they make their way to the island where the great Gluskabe (the protector of the Abenaki) lives and the story of the wishes he bestows on them. One wishes for worldly possessions; the second yearns to be taller than all; another seeks immortality; and the fourth wishes to be a better hunter so that he may provide food for his people. Four Wishes is for children and their families. Gunstworkmakes an ancient folk tale relevant for today's young minds. It entertains as well as raises important questions about the human forces that determine our choices and where these choices come from: whether from the heart, mind, or perhaps from greed or fear.
"His performances are one of the best I've seen in the 30+ years I have been hiring performers. He presents such a rich artistic and creative performance which is highlighted through his awesome stage settings and professional storytelling"--Kathy Klatt--Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library, CO --Program Coordinator/ Outreach Specialist
" Students were engaged and excited throughout the entire show. They were captivated by both the beautiful and imaginative masks and thethoughtful narrative...teachers appreciated themulti-cultural componentsof the play and the creative use of props, puppets, and set. I recommend the show "Four Wishes" for any school " -Phil Katsampes, Principal/BCSIS, Boulder, CO-