By ROB W. ANDERSON
Jay and Leslie Cady have been full-time professional entertainers for over three decades, having studied with noted and internationally acclaimed French actor and mime Marcel Marceau.
Marceau was known for “Bip the Clown,” and the Cadys have used his teachings and the observed performances of the Smothers Brothers, George Burns and Gracie Allen to educate and entertain audiences of all ages with their juggling, mime, magic and other nonsense show known as “Laughing Matters.”
They’ve performed over 6,000 shows in 33 states and seven foreign countries and were in Tahlequah for two shows on Tuesday at the Tahlequah Public Library Carnegie Room, 120 S. College.
The Cadys perform educational shows at school assemblies, school workshops and library programs, and their 2013 library show is “Toss, Catch, Dig,” which aligns with the current TPS summer reading program “Beneath the Surface,” said Jay Cady.
“This year our theme is ‘Dig Into Reading.’ So we come up with a few things that tie in with [the library’s theme]. We have the library archeologist Nellie Dingfod [back from her latest dig],” he said. “We have garden things that we use for juggling. And we tell some improvised stories. Leslie leaves the room, and I get four nouns from the kids. When she comes back in, she has to work the nouns into her story.”
The Cadys live in Kansas City, Mo., and have twice been nominated for the Best of Kansas City Theater Awards.
In 2010, they were awarded the Lighton Prize for Excellence As Teaching Artists, which is voted on by the Kansas City Young Audiences group that honors an individual or ensemble for the excellence of their school programs.
“We’re traveling to five different states this summer, and we just came from Missouri, Iowa and Kansas,” Cady said.
For more information on children’s’ and other programs offered at the Tahlequah Public Library, call (918) 456-2581 or visit www.tahlequah.lib.ok.us.