Film Series

Muppets™, Music & Magic: Jim Henson’s Legacy

Monday, September 19 - Sunday, September 25

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Cookies and Cocktails free with admission to Muppet History 101

Jim Henson BIRTHDAY Party with Kevin Clash

Jim Henson is most well-known as the creator of the Muppets, but the variety of his work is impressive, including his 1966 Academy Award®-nominated short Time Piece, appearances on the Ed Sullivan show, experimental commercials, entertainment for the pre-school set with Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, the Academy Award®-nominated The Muppet Movie, cult classics Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, contribution to the creation of the character of Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, Fraggle Rock, Muppet Babies and much more. Henson’s work encourages diversity and tolerance, and was posthumously awarded the Courage of Conscience Award by the Peace Abbey in 1992.

If Jim Henson were still living, his 75th birthday would be on Saturday, September 24.

The Jim Henson Company is run by Henson’s five children, and continues to produce innovative entertainment the world over.

Kevin Clash performs several roles on Sesame Street, but he is most well-known for his development of the internationally recognized and adored red monster, Elmo. He began making puppets at an early age, the first one a monkey made from the lining of his father’s coat. He became an official Sesame Street puppeteer in 1984, and also serves as the Sesame Workshop’s senior creative advisor, Sesame Street's senior Muppet coordinator and Muppet captain. His film credits include Labyrinth, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I and II, Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets from Space, and Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. His television work includes The Great Space Coaster, Captain Kangaroo, Dinosaurs, and Muppets Tonight.

Clash won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series for his work as Elmo and Hoots the Owl on Sesame Street in Seasons 21, 35 and 36, and in 2001-2006 for his work as co-executive producer for Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series.

John Seven's Interview with Kevin Clash, from the North Adams Transcript

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Sesame Street at 40: Milestones on the Street

Admission: $5

For ages 3 and up. This “best-of” compilation features dozens of classic moments in the forty-year history of the show, including excerpts from the first episode, celebrity guests, and some of the best bits from Ernie and Bert, Big Bird, Snuffy, and the rest of the gang.

  • Rating: For ages 3 and up
  • Runtime: 81 minutes

This “best-of” compilation features dozens of classic moments in the forty-year history of the show

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Muppet Fairytales

Admission: $5

The Frog Prince (1971) Directed by Jim Henson. What happens when you kiss a frog?

The Elves and the Shoemaker (1994)Directed by David Grossman. What if the elves who come to the aid of the shoemaker are actually Elvises?

  • Rating: For ages 3 and up
  • Runtime: 70 minutes

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Sing! The Music of Sesame Street

Introduction by Nick Raposo, son of Joe Raposo, the first music director of Sesame Street.

Admission: $5

A joyous, sometimes hilarious and poignant salute to forty years of Sesame Street music, featuring the original show classics, parodies, and special visits from some of the music industry's biggest names.

Nick Raposo is a writer and director who lives in Chatham, NY. He has written for PBS and WGBH children's shows including Arthur, Time Warp Trio and Peep and the Big Wide World for which he was nominated for two Emmys. His film, The Play, shot in the Adams Memorial Theater at Williams, will be making the festival circuit next year.

His father, Joe Raposo, was Sesame Street's first music director, penning some of the shows most durable songs, including the Sesame Street Theme, Sing!, It's Not Easy Bein' Green, One of These Things and literally thousands of others. Joe won twelve Grammy Awards, seven Emmys and was an Academy Award Nominee. Joe also wrote the theme to Three's Company, the whole of the Electric Company series, and five musicals for the Broadway and Off-Broadway Theater.

  • Rating: For ages 3 and up
  • Runtime: 82 minutes

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The Art of Puppetry and Storytelling

Admission: $5

Go behind the scenes to witness the magic of the Muppets in this compilation of rare footage of the wide variety of puppetry created by Jim Henson. See a classic episode of The Muppet Show (1979), directed by Philip Casson. A highlight of the program: Harry Belafonte sings and African song with puppets derived from traditional masks. Another kind of puppetry is used in The Storyteller: The Heartless Giant (1989), directed by Jim Henson.

  • Rating: For ages 6 and up
  • Runtime: 70 minutes

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Puppetmaking Workshop with Dan Weissbrodt

ALL SLOTS FILLED! Make your own puppet and learn how puppetry translates to the screen! Bring your own sock to make into a puppet!

Participation is free but pre-registration is required. Email or call Janet at janet@imagescinema.org or 413.458.1039 to register! Register by Friday, September 16 at 5pm.

Dan Weissbrodt's passion is puppetry and performing. He has appeared primarily in television and theater productions, utilizing many styles of puppetry. Dan has worked with companies such as The Walt Disney Company, The Williamstown Theater Festival, and The Moscow Ballet.

  • Rating: For ages 6-12

ALL SLOTS FILLED! Make your own puppet and learn how puppetry translates to the screen!

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Muppets Music Moments

Admission: $5

Music was always an integral part of The Muppet Show, and here is a collection of some of the classic music numbers interpreted as only the Muppets can. This compilation features a wide range of musical genres including performances by Harry Belafonte, Elton John, and Linda Ronstadt.

  • Rating: For ages 3 and up
  • Runtime: 77 minutes

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Commercials and Experiments

Admission: $5

A mind-blowing collection of shorts, crazy commercials, and other rarities from the Henson vault. Highlights include: an industrial film for Wilson’s Meat that must be seen to be believed, excerpts from experimental TV programs The Cube and Youth 68, and Time Piece, an 8-minute masterpiece that showcases Henson’s talent for making music out of everyday sounds.

  • Rating: For ages 13 and up
  • Runtime: 60 minutes

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Cookies & Cocktails
with Kevin Clash

Location: The Purple Pub, Spring Street
Admission included with ticket for Muppet History 101

A reception for kids and adults with Kevin Clash, puppeteer and voice of Elmo.

A reception for kids and adults with Kevin Clash, puppeteer and voice of Elmo.

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Muppet History 101 with Kevin Clash

Admission: $10 for members and kids; $15 general admission

This unique program of rarities examines the origins of the Muppets. Includes early live TV appearances, unusual commercials, guest spots on the Jimmy Dean and Dick Cavett Shows, and much more. Plus, this program contains excerpts from the rarely seen pilot for what would become The Muppet Show, The Muppets: Sex and Violence featuring a tribute to the Seven Deadly Sins.

  • Rating: For ages 11 and up
  • Runtime: 67 minutes

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The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland

Starring: Kevin Clash, Mandy Patinkin, Vanessa Williams

Followed by Q&A with Kevin Clash

Admission: $5

Elmo loses his beloved fuzzy blanket in far-off Grouchland. Nothing will deter him from retrieving his treasured possession from the greedy Huxley, plunging him into a series of adventures, including a battle of wits with the Queen of Trash. His Sesame Street buddies come to the rescue and help him learn a valuable lesson about sharing and friendship.

  • Director: Gary Halvorson
  • Rating: G, for ages 4 and up
  • Runtime: 73 minutes
  • Genre: Family/Adventure

“Full of that wonderful junky, clunky, huggable smartness that has made Sesame Street an enduring phenomenon.”

– San Francisco Chronicle

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Jim Henson Birthday Party + Conversation with Kevin Clash

Location: Goodrich Hall

If Jim Henson were still living, his 75th birthday would be on Saturday, September 24. Celebrate his birthday with us, and have a conversation with Kevin Clash, the puppeteer & voice of Elmo

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The Great Muppet Caper

Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, David Goelz, Charles Grodin, Diana Rigg, John Cleese

Q&A with Jay Tarses, the film's screenwriter, via skype

Admission: $5

Intrepid reporters Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo go to London to interview fashion designer Lady Holiday, whose jewels have been stolen. When the thieves strike again and Miss Piggy is accused of the crime, its Kermit and friends to the rescue. Memorable eccentrics like John Cleese and Peter Falk join the fun, but the scenes with Miss Piggy on a motorcycle steal the show.

Jay Tarses is a television and film writer, actor and producer. He was an executive producer for The Bob Newhart Show, starred as Coach Bobby Finstock in Teen Wolf, and co-wrote the screenplay for The Muppets Take Manhattan and The Great Muppet Caper. He won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety or Music for The Carol Burnett Show in 1967. Tarses attended Williams College and is a Williamstown resident.

  • Director: Jim Henson
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy

“Here is a thoroughly genial movie, a combination of A.A. Milne, Busby Berkeley and a small bit of Blake Edwards.”

– New York Times

This presentation is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and a grant from the Fund for Williamstown, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Thank you to our corporate sponsor, The Orchards.

This series is produced by The Jim Henson Legacy and Brooklyn Academy of Music. Tour Executive Producer Irena Kovarova.MUPPET, MUPPETS and the Muppets Characters are registered trademarks of The Muppets Studio, LLC. All rights reserved. © The Muppets Studio, LLC. Sesame Street ® and associated characters, trademarks and design elements are owned and licensed by Sesame Workshop. © 2011 Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved. TM & © 2011 The Jim Henson Company. JIM HENSON's mark & logo, characters and elements are trademarks of The Jim Henson Company. All rights reserved. © Photography courtesy of The Jim Henson Company, The Muppets Studio, LLC, and Sesame Workshop.