Mary Lafleur's first recording for children and families, Pink Elephants, produced in 1994, won the Parents' Choice Gold
Award. I Love My Day School, a live-action video featuring music written
and produced by Mary won the Family Channel Seal of Quality and was also
listed in the top ten videos of 1996 by Child Magazine.
In Addition, Mary was
chosen as a Silver Medallion Award winner for Pink Elephants, More Pink Elephants, and I Love My Day School by The Wolf
Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and the Wolf Trap
Foundation for the Performing Arts. In 1997, Lisa Kay and Mary traveled to Germany, Paris, and London, then went in the studio and produced their last music project, Pink Elephants in Paris.
Mary's poetry has been published in Cricket, Spider and Ladybug Magazines. One poem, "Deep in the Forest," found on Pink Elephants was also anthologized in the Cricket book Can You Do this?
Mary Lafleur has performed her original music and poetry in such diverse places as the Please Touch Museum in
Philadelphia, the Children's Museum of Manhattan, the Zoofari Festival in
Tulsa, and The Caves in St. Paul, as well as schools, libraries, bookstores,
coffee houses, and community centers in twenty states.
Mary's unique blend of improvisational musical theatre and
performance poetry is one of a kind. By putting the
children at the center of each performance, Mary takes audience participation
to a new level. No two shows are ever alike! Volunteers from the audience
help act out new stories about pirates and train rides, and re-examine
classic tales such as "The Little Red Hen," "Goldilocks," and "Little Red Riding Hood." Mary uses fun
props such as wigs, pirate eye-patches, and train whistles to draw the
audience into an exciting make-believe world.
Is this Mary Lafleur? In 1996, Yes! Now? Not quite. Although Mary had donned a shorter haircut by 2003, she lost what hair she had to chemotherapy treatments that fall. Her hair is now short and curly with blond/gray highlights.
A new picture will be forthcoming.
You can read Mary's poetry and riddles on this site. You can also find a complete sampling of Pink Elephants (and order the CD) at CDBaby.
You can also order CDs and tapes and curriculum directly from Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.