Farmer James has lost his bees, there's only gruel to eat and now the townspeople (the audience) have arrived to protest, chanting "There's no good food, we're in a bad mood!"
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Winnipeg Free Press Readers Rating
" . . . guileless storytelling and sweet slapstick to charm an audience of any age. They utilize puppetry, clowning, juggling, song, movement and audience participation to teach and entertain their charges about caring for the precious air we breathe and sustaining the species which depend upon us for survival."
- Beverley Creasey, Boston Arts Review
“. . . gentle entertainment with a worthy message . . . Mirin and Josephs are likable performers, and will leave young audiences . . . with some valuable lessons about helping our winged friends — and with some much-needed hope for the bees.”
- Joff Schmidt, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
"Both times we found Piti's work to be outstanding . . . This company has developed a proven and innovative way to capture the talents of students of young ages for on-stage participation in musical theater pieces written to address cutting edge issues presented with original scores and beautiful mobile sets and costumes."
- Aranka Matolcsky, Executive Director, Mahoosuc Arts Council
"I really enjoyed the play "To Bee or Not to Bee." It was an interesting blend of environmental education in a format that worked well for a very wide age range. A day care provider with young children told me: 'It was a great topic, and the music, dance and puppets captivated my young children. Some of them have a very hard time sitting still, but they were focused the entire time.' I especially enjoyed the music. The keyboard player was great and really added to the show. One of her songs is still stuck in my head three days later."
- Linda Hicks, Director, Montague Public Library
"Massachusetts duo Laura Josephs and Jonathan Mirin bring a cautionary environmental tale in the form of a 45-minute production that features singing, dancing, audience participation and some clever props . . . Mirin (as Farmer James) and Josephs (as everyone else) engage the audience throughout, handing out protest signs, running between the aisles, enlisting kids to help re-plant the farm on stage and getting the crowd to shout, buzz and sing along.”
—Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Winnipeg Free Press