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Maya Keeps on Buzzing

“The Adventures of Maya the Bee,” a puppet show created by singer-composer Nancy Harrow, will celebrate its 1st anniversary on Saturday, June 23 at 8 p.m. with a live performance at the 45 Bleeker Theater in New York’s Greenwich Village.

Not your run-of-the-mill puppet show, ‘Maya’ features an original jazz score written by Harrow, complete with singing insects. Harrow based the show on the German children’s story of the same name, written in 1912. ‘Maya’ tells the story of a curious, child bee and her interactions with the insect world’s intriguing inhabitants (scat-singing grasshoppers, dancing dragonflies, that sort of thing). Children ages 3-9 will enjoy the puppets, while those past the age of maturity will latch on to the loftier themes of heroism and the beauty of nature’s grand design. But let’s not kid ourselves, grown-ups like puppets too.

A ‘Maya’ soundtrack CD was released last year on Harbinger featuring Harrow and singers Grady Tate and Daryl Sherman along with other musicians. Most of the original musicians will be on hand for the anniversary show, including Harrow, Tate, Sherman and Sir Roland Hanna, who arranged the score. The puppets were designed by Polish puppeteer Sofia Czechlewska and constructed by Teatr Baj, also of Poland.

Those unable to attend the anniversary show can catch a regular performance any Saturday at 2 p.m. at the 45 Bleeker Theater. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children. Tickets for the anniversary show, which will be followed by a reception with the artists, are available for $25 and $35. Special patron tickets, at $75 each, include a Nancy Harrow CD and a Maya the Bee T-shirt. For more information, or to make reservations, call 212-539-6644.

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