SOUTH PORTLAND – “Beakman Live!,” the wacky, educational, live-on-stage show based on the Emmy Award-winning children’s educational TV series “Beakman’s World,” is coming to South Portland High School on Saturday, April 25.

The show, featuring actor and performance artist Paul Zaloom, is geared toward children ages 5 to 10. Presented by PCA Great Performances as part of its Family Series, the show will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Zaloom, originator of the Beakman character, plays the role of the zany scientist. Wacky Beakman transforms the stage into a loony mix that’s one part laboratory and one part fun – dazzling and teaching with off-the-wall science demonstrations, rapid-fire experiments and lots of audience participation.

A puppeteer, performance artist, filmmaker and political satirist, Zaloom has created solo puppet shows, art installations and films, predominantly for adults. “Beakman Live!,” however, is based on Zaloom’s foray into loopy Beakman of children’s television fame.

Zaloom has performed on 10 tours of Europe and in more than 40 states, including performances at the Kennedy and Lincoln centers, the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and King Tut’s Wah-Wah Hut. He has been awarded four Citations of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry by the Union Internationale de la Marionette in the United States, a Village Voice Obie Award, an American Theater Wing Design Award and a New York Dance and Performance Award, also known as the Bessie Award.

PCA Offstage will host a free, preperformance lecture-demonstration by Mad Science of Maine beginning at 1 p.m. in the South Portland Auditorium Lobby

Tickets are available through PortTix, the box office at Merrill Auditorium; by calling 842-0800; or online at www.pcagreatperformances.org. Depending upon availability, tickets may also be available at the door.


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