Performances to Grow On Presents Hobey Ford
Performances To Grow On will present Hobey Ford in “World Tales” on Sat., Jan. 18 at 4 pm at the Kim Maxwell Studio, 226 W. Ojai Ave, Ojai. Using his own voice to create characters and sound effects, tell stories and make his puppets sing, Hobey’s performances feature his handmade original signature, “Foamies”, animated, carved-foam rod puppets. He performs unmasked, in full view in his roles as MC, engaged storyteller, puppeteer and animator, creating a seamless, magical and hypnotic dance between the audience, the puppeteer, the life-like puppets and the artistic scenery and often incorporates music into his productions. Occasionally the puppets will move right out into a delighted audience as part of the performance!
Hobey Ford has never had another career. Now internationally renowned in the puppetry field, an award-winning performer and Kennedy Center Partner in Education teaching artist, Ford knew early on what he wanted to do after seeing a puppet show while still a youngster: he was bitten by the puppetry bug! Ford designs and constructs all of his Golden Rod Puppets as well as the beautiful sets that surround them. Now a resident of Asheville NC, Hobey also draws on his early experiences growing up in coastal Connecticut or living in a Nevada Native American community in writing the scripts for some of his performances such as “Whale Walker” and “Turtle Island Tales.”
Tickets are $8 for children and $12 for adults and are available at Ojai Coffee Roasting, by phone at 646-8907 or online at ptgo.org