The Dirty Shirt
November 20, 2008
From one of the top children’s entertainers in the country, two theatrical shows, The Frog Bride and Aesop Bops! are available for the first time on DVD now. After performing his magical, multimedia works for the past 25 years for hundreds of thousands of young audiences, storyteller/performer David Gonzalez casts his spell onto the screen with hours of myths, folk tales, and fairy tales that engage imaginations and opens the hearts of all ages. Currently performing at performing arts centers and schools across the country, both The Frog Bride and Aesop Bops! combine Gonzalez’s street-style humor and kinetic storytelling with live music, mesmerizing art and video projections, mime, dance and above all, inspired imagination.
After receiving these for review I have to say a few things. I have never seen my toddler mesmerized by any one thing for longer than a few minutes. But with these shows she just stood there and watched the whole thing! She danced a little when the music was playing, but otherwise she was enthralled. David Gonzalez is a genius at what he does, and I am so happy to have gotten the chance to review both of these titles.
If you get the chance to catch his shows live I would highly recommend it.
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Latino Psychological Association of New Jersey
P.O. 7212, North Arlington, NJ 07031
November 17, 2008
Mr. David Gonzalez
Rain Art Productions
327 North Broadway
Nyack, NY 10960
Thank you so much for being our keynote presenter and making our Ninth Annual Conference on Latino Psychology very special! You energized us with your poetry, music and your creativity. You inspired us with your joy of life and culture, and with your sharing of yourself with us.
We appreciate that you took great care to make your performance meaningful for our audience. It was obvious that you had read our website, and you spent time with us before your presentation, and then you threaded the work we do, smoothly and seamlessly, into your show for us. Amazingly, you made it all look easy!
We were moved by you. Thank you again for a very special day, and for inspiring us to be more creative and joyful in our own work.
Sueli S. Petry, PhD
On behalf of the LPANJ Executive Board
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All American Mommy
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Children’s Entertainment on DVD
The Frog Bride and Aesop Bops are two performances on DVD that kids are sure to love! Give the gift of great music and great art to children with these two theatrical shows on DVD from David Gonzalez. After performing his magical, multi-media works for the past 25 years for thousands of young audiences, storyteller/performerDavid Gonzalez casts his spell onto the screen with hours of myths, folk tales, and fairy tales that engage imaginations and opens the hearts of all age.
For live performance dates and locations contact April Thibeault firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Root and Sprout – Reviews
The Frog Bride
reviewed by Lis and Hannah Garrett
Until just recently, I had never heard the story of The Frog Bride. It’s a tale of a young prince who, with the falling of love’s arrow, is bound in marriage to a swamp frog, while his two older brothers find fate with much prettier companions. Of course, being a fairy tale, the frog is no ordinary frog; she just happens to be a beautiful maiden under a witch’s curse.
Grandmaster storyteller, David Gonzalez, adapts this Russian story into a spellbinding three-man stage production. The Frog Bride is set to Prokofiev’s “Five Melodies for Violin and Piano,” performed by Christian Howes and Daniel Kelly. Gonzalez weaves his story through music, using a backdrop of moving images by painter Wassily Kandinsky.
Before watching the DVD myself, I played it for my two oldest kids to gauge their reactions. While my seven-year-old son lost interest almost immediately, my nine-year-old daughter, Hannah, sat through the entire 51-minute story. When I viewed the DVD on my own, I was able to see why she was so entranced. Gonzalez has a unique talent, and he is simply mesmerizing to watch. He makes you forget it’s just one person telling the story! Hannah, a budding violinist, especially, appreciated Howes’s performance on violin.
I can only imagine how fascinating David Gonzalez is to see in person. Telling a compelling story to a live audience is not easy, but Gonzalez looks completely at ease and in his natural medium doing so.
The Frog Bride DVD might not be your kids’ first choice when looking for something to watch, but it’s definitely a great alternative to their usual movies. Gonzalez offers a story of substance and pure entertainment.
Lis Garrett is the senior editor and a contributing writer for Root & Sprout.