Growing Up Linda – Birthday Trauma, Orlando (performance)

Growing Up Linda ©2005 Marsian De Lellis
Growing Up Linda ©2005 Marsian De Lellis

On November 6th, 2005, I performed an episode from Growing Up Linda at Mad Cow Theatre for Puppets from the Edge as part of the first Orlando Puppetry Festival. Performing with me on Growing Up Linda were Alan Calpe, Suraya Raja, Geoff Nosach, Nick Fox-Geig, and Heather Henson.

Growing Up Linda was an ensemble actor-puppetry performance in which the fictitious daughter of a famous ice cream mogul must come to terms with her off-kilter, troubled past. In Birthday Trauma, the inciting episode, written with long-time collaborator, PJ McWhiskers, Linda becomes enamored with her ice cream cake, Cookie Puss.  After Linda makes a wish for eternal friendship with Cookie Puss (the only one in the world who understands her), Daddy Carvel strong-hands her into dismembering her new friend for the consumption of blood-thirsty relatives.

Puppets from the Edge showcased artists from the Atlantic Center for the Arts Puppetry Residency with the best of Orlando’s local artists. Also on the program were:

Eagleager vs Absurd Mountain
Absurd critiques of civilization as a whole encouraging unrealistic visions of the present in contemplative streams of fictitious thought directed toward the future or derived from the past. Created by: Eagle-Ager (Brooklyn Based)
Presented by: Geoffrey Nosach

Lovely Joan
Extreme close ups of sand, fire and water.
Created and performed by: Nick Fox Gieg

My Day at the Beach
A found object performance piece that takes a journey thru the beach culture.
Created and performed by: Neil Leonard

The Foaman Empire
Presents the anything can happen show and it probably will!
Created and Performed by: John Kennedy
Performed with: Nick Fox Gieg

Little Bird of Disaster
A story about a little bird that claims he can predict the future, but can you really trust him?
Created and performed by: Nick Fox Gieg

Ask the Robot
Abstract animation.
Created and performed by: Nick Fox Gieg

Tea and Scones with Monkey Girl
A story of tea parties.
Created and performed by: Suraya Raja
Performed with: Neil Leonard and Geoff Nosach

Moth on a Light Bulb
Experimental work utilizing organic and hand made objects choreographed to “Moth on a Light Bulb”, sung by the Silson Brothers.
Created by: Curtiss Lee Mitchell

Growing Up Linda:
The Life & Times of Linda Carvel,
Heir to the Throne of the Carvel Cake Empire
Inspired by the self-made gravely voiced TV commercials of Tom Carvel. His company specialized in ice cream cakes, two of his most  popular novelties were, “Fudgie the Whale” and “Cookie Puss”.
Created and performed by: Marsian De Lellis
Performed with: Heather Henson, Sarong, Geoff Nosach, Alan Calpe, and Nick Fox Gieg.
Story by: PJ McWhiskers & Marsian

The Orlando Puppet Festival sponsored in part by Ibex Puppetry and Mad Cow Theatre, brought puppetry to the forefront in Orlando and the Central Florida area, exposing local, regional, and national talent in the art of puppetry.