Praise for the show
My favorite memory of the festival was the appearance of Henry the Juggler. He must have been 7 feet tall, a real string bean. And he walked on stilts, juggling as he went. All the kids mouths were open wide with amazement. I've never forgotten it.
I laughed so hard at your show I cracked up!
Jerry (7 years old)
Thank you for your charming, whimsical and funny performance at the Lenox Club last Friday, which was enjoyed by all our guests.
Julianna Field, Fundraiser
Miss Hall's School for Girls, Pittsfield, MA
Thank you for the best program we've had in years. The audience can't wait to have you back.
Mary Ellen Siniak
Public Library, Seekonk, MA
Your sense of the audience is perfect; your inclusion of audience participation welcome, and your mastery of your art is a joy to watch. It is a rare performer who could hold everyone silently spellbound while using no words, but you did it.
Jo Ann Bourquard
Athenaeum, Westfield, MA
You were a hit! The most talked about performer. Everyone loved it.
Business Association, Littleton, MA
Your performance was hilarious, entertaining, and loads of fun. I laughed so hard my cheeks hurt! You had everyone of all ages in absolute stitches.
Millicent Library, Fairhaven, MA
We laughed and ooo'd and were totally engaged as he juggled everything from rings and balls to pocketbooks. I received so many requests to have Henry come again.
Somerset Public Library, MA
Henry is a great entertainer - very kindly and loving with the children.
Temple Beth El, Quincy, MA
It was the best program we've had at our school.
Green Acres School, Manchester, NH
Praise for the show
Entertaining, enlightening, exceptional! You captivated the audience.
Lyn Woodhead, Librarian
Bacon Free Library, Natick, MA
Excellent integration of facts and artistry.
Clare Green, Teacher
Center School, Warwick, MA
Your program integrates art, theater and mask making techniques within the discipline of science tremendously well, and exemplifies the goals of the Mass. Arts Framework.
Mary Ann Portman, PTO Cultural Cmte.
Stall Brook Elementary, Stoneham, MA
The masks were so real looking. They sparked a lot of excitement.
Arlene Nolan, Teacher
James School, Williamsburg, MA
It evoked in me a sense of wonder that stayed with me, and inspired me to feel more aware of the nature around me.
Zestworks, Greenfield, MA
There could not be a better venue for educating birders and general public alike than this program. Combining wonderful masks, acting and mime, and a personality that reaches everyone in the audience, Henry provides a blend of fun, education and entertainment. His shows have become tremendously popular at our festival - usually standing room only. Mr. Lappen is exceptional in his bird knowledge and projection of their behaviors and adaptations into mime. He truly becomes a bird - as anyone who has seen him become a great blue heron stalking its food can attest!
Mary Alice Koeneke, Program Chair
Lake Ontario Bird Fest, Mexico, NY
It's better than recess!
Totally awesome and cool!
Proctor School, Northboro, MA
I was mesmerized by the masks and by your movements. You have such a relaxed way and naturalness with the audience. It was a great program.
Joyce Laiosa, Librarian
Voorheesville Public Library, Voorheesville, NY
Your masks were super and your demonstration using masks and body movement really brought each bird to life. I think that everyone, child and adult, came away with something: inspiration to observe birds more closely, to make masks, to dance like birds; and much knowledge. Thank you for a wonderful time.
Sheila Vanderhorst, Librarian
Leominster Public Library, Leominster, MA