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.
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.