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For the Kids: Arts Council of Tuscaloosa Presents Free Puppet Shows

 Peter Zapletal with the King and the Queen, performing "The Princess and the Pea." Peter Zapletal with the King and the Queen, performing "The Princess and the Pea." Puppet Arts Theatre

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will present two free performances of Puppet Arts Theatre’s “The Princess & the Pea” at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center Black Box Theatre on July 14. The shows by Puppet Arts Theatre of Jackson, Miss., will be presented at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.


This show is a fast-paced introduction to puppetry with an easy to follow demonstration of puppet making using a plain styrofoam ball and other ordinary materials to create a technically complex character. Children from the audience are invited on stage to manipulate some of the puppets. From a simple ball on a single finger, to a complex ten-string marionette, the show presents a broad overview of the world of puppetry. 

“Educational programming continues to be a priority for The Arts Council, and we hope parents and organizations will take advantage of this colorful and exciting show that will provide a quality summer activity for their children,” said Sandra Wolfe, Executive Director of The Arts Council.

The main feature of the program is a famous story written by Hans Christian Andersen, “The Princess and the Pea.” Conventional and unconventional puppetry has been a hallmark of the Puppet Arts Theatre for many years now. “The Princess and the Pea,” set to the music of Rossini, is presented as a farce performed with the puppeteers in the full view of the audience, manipulating traditional marionettes.

This program is free and open to the public, but by reservation only. Parents, daycare directors and others involved in summer programming for children should contact Sandra Wolfe, Executive Director, at 758-5195, ext. 3 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Seating is limited to 150 children per show. 

The presentation by Puppet Arts Theatre, based in Jackson, Miss., is made possible by a Gulf States Presenters Grant provided by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.



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