How was The Joshua Show created?
Hailed as The Ambassador of Joy and A Mr. Rogers with hipster appeal, puppeteer Joshua Holden started The Joshua Show in 2012 at the Nasty Brutish and Short puppet slam in Chicago. In its original form, the show was a 10 minute piece but grew to it’s current 50 minute version as Joshua developed several iterations in preparation for The Puppeteers of America’s National Festival where it was awarded “Best Performance” and was voted “Audience Favorite” in August, 2013.
What has The Joshua Show been doing since 2013?
Over the last three years, The Joshua Show toured across the nation with bookings at Lincoln Center Education for its Meet the Artist Series (New York, NY), Symphony Space (New York, NY), The Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta, GA), The Skirball Arts Center (Los Angeles), Puppet Showplace (Boston, MA), the historic Englert Theatre (Iowa City, IA), and a myriad of music, puppetry, and arts festivals here in the US.
In July 2015, The Joshua Show made its international debut in Holon, Israel at the Holon Puppet Arts Center. Then, The Joshua Show was a part of The Puppets Up International Festival in Almonte, Canada.
What is The Joshua Show about?
The Joshua Show evokes the feeling of joy in audiences of all ages by teaching valuable lessons about celebrating our differences, finding joy in everyday life, and respecting honest feelings. It’s about friendship, confidence, and the value of being yourself. Mr. Nicholas, a sock puppet and Joshua’s soulmate, makes an unnerving self-discovery that causes him to spiral down a path of loneliness and hopeless despair. How do you cheer up when life gets you down? Find out in this whimsical production featuring multiple styles of puppetry, live music, physical comedy, and tap dancing!