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Terrific Tuesday: A Passion for Birds

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 1 p.m. in the Auditorium

A Passion for Birds uses masks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the avian world. Captivated by Henry Lappen's beautiful masks and comic portrayal of birds, participants learn how animals adapt to their environment, and why they look and act the way they do.

Throughout it all, Henry dances among the crowd demonstrating the form and motion of the different species. Learning some specific mime skills, and imagining more, the audience joins him, taking on the character of each bird while gaining additional knowledge about it. Participants don the masks, and soar as Eagles, stalk as Herons and swim as Puffins. Additional topics include nest building, preening and hiding from danger.

Henry Lappen has been performing comic juggling for over 30 years. He has been an avid student of nature since childhood. In this presentation, Henry combines his love and knowledge of birds, with artistry in mask making and performance.

Henry is a graduate of California's Dell'Arte School of Physical Theater, where he studied mime, mask, and clowning. He has continued his development with classes in dance, Tai-Chi, and Feldenkrais. Henry is a member of the Hampshire Bird Club, Northeast Hawkwatch, and the Hats Off Performers' Guild. He is the producer of the New England Performers' Retreat and the chair of the Amherst Public Shade Tree Committee.

Henry was a Great Blue Heron in a past life.

Terrific Tuesdays takes place each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. during our summer reading program.  Each week there is a different special event designed for kids that are approximately aged five and up. Younger children are welcome to attend with an adult.