PORTLAND — The FOSSE (Figures of Speech Student Ensemble) will present an encore screening of its mixed-media puppet film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Sunday, Feb. 16, at Mayo Street Arts. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for the 1 p.m. screening of the film, which will be followed by a reception and question-and-answer with the director.
Now in its fifth season, The FOSSE is an after-school program that pairs professional artist mentors with high school students to create original adaptations of classic tales using Figures of Speech Theatre’s signature blend of puppets, masks, shadows, music, actors, dance, and more.
The FOSSE’s “Frankenstein” interprets Shelley’s original text with Victorian-style Toy Theater puppetry, silent film-inspired live action shots, shadow puppetry, pen-and-ink illustrations, and post-production magic in a seven-episode portrayal of this classic tragedy.
Eighteen students and eight professional artist mentors collaborated side-by-side on the project for a year and a half under the direction of FST’s Education Director Ian Bannon. The $35,000 project was funded in part by grants from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maine Community Foundation, and other private sources.
Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” will be screened in two 30-minute episodes with a 15-minute intermission. Tickets are available for $8 for adults, $4 for students 12 and under. Though the film touches upon mature subjects, it is suitable for all ages. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.mayostreetarts.org.