Center for Puppetry Arts Announces 2013-14 Season Filled with Family Fun for Everyone!
Starting in May there will be another whole season of fun for your entire family at the Center for Puppetry Arts! They’ll be bringing some classics to the stage and trying some shows for the first time.
From the CPA website, here’s how the season breaks down:
- The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs By A.Wolf (May 28- June 9, 2013)-Think you know the real story behind the huffing and puffing? Think again! In this revealing, no-squealing adaptation of Jon Scieszka’s popular book, Alexander T. Wolf finally has a chance to tell his side of the story. He only wanted a cup of sugar and he had a cold. For years we have only known this story from the pigs’ point of view. Now, Mr. A. Wolf explains what really happened to those houses made of straw, sticks, and bricks and the three little pigs that lived in them.
- Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat (June 13- July 28, 2013)- “It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how!” says the Cat in the tall red and white hat. Featuring Sally and her brother, their pet Fish, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and all of your favorite moments from the classic Dr. Seuss tale. Zany fun and adventures abound! Originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain, this Dr. Seuss classic is delightfully realized for the puppet stage.
- Rumpelstiltskin (August 1- September 8, 2013)- “My daughter can spin straw into gold!” brags Kate’s father. Held captive by the greedy queen, Kate must now find a way to make good on her fathers boast! A mysterious little man appears and offers his magical assistance…but at what price? Based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, this marionette musical will spin grins onto the faces of kids and adults alike.
- Peter Rabbit (September 11- 22, 2013)- Thistle Theatre captures the beloved world of Beatrix Potter by combining “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” with “The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.” One lovely morning Peter’s sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail obediently pick berries, but Peter goes on a daring adventure in Mr. McGregor’s garden. After losing his clean blue jacket in a narrow escape, Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny venture once more into the garden to retrieve it. Will Peter and Benjamin safely escape again?
- Everybody Loves Pirates (September 25- October 6, 2013)-Lucy and her friend Little Chucky have big dreams, a treasure map, and lots of determination. The duo sets off on the adventure of a lifetime only to find themselves walking the plank at the hands of some pesky (but lovable) pirates! See what happens in this swashbuckling adventure that’s fun for the whole family!
- The Wizard of Oz (October 9- 20, 2013)- The Wizard of Oz is an American fairy tale! Celebrate America’s rich musical heritage as Dorothy travels down the Yellow Brick Road to find out why the Lion, Tinman and Strawman are all singing the Blues.
- The Dragon King (October 22- November 3, 2013)-A terrible drought has overtaken the land. A wise and fearless Grandmother is determined to find out why the Dragon King is holding back the precious rains – even if it means a journey to the bottom of the sea!
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (November 7- December 29, 2013)- Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Corneilus and the Abominable Snow Monster) take the stage in what the Atlanta Journal Constitution describes as a “holly-jolly holiday adventure for theater-goers of all ages.” You won’t want to miss it!
- Autumn Portraits (November 8- 10, 2013)- This award-winning solo puppet-and-mask performance has toured the world. Through a series of five interlocking vignettes with precise and evocative gestures, Eric Bass’ handcrafted puppets act out the “autumn” of their existence, meeting their pasts, their selves, and even their deaths.
- Stan the Lovesick Snowman(January 2- February 2, 2014)- This story begins when Stan the Snowman meets a dog who has been sent outside in the wintry cold. As the dog tells him all about the warm stove inside, Stan can’t help but fall in love with the wood burning beauty. This seems like a romance destined to fail. And if things weren’t hard enough for Stan, he discovers a young Snowwoman has her eye on him. Based on “The Snow Man” by Hans Christian Andersen, Stan the Lovesick Snowman is a hilarious and heartwarming story perfect for the winter season!
- Weather Rocks! (February 6- March 23, 2014)- Open the flood gates on the mysteries of Mother Nature with an original and en“lightning” musical filled with cool facts about rain, snow, hurricanes, sunshine and more! From a newsroom in the clouds, five energetic meteorologists tell us all about the weather with an array of songs ranging from sunny melodies to rock to gospel.
- Great Expectations (February 25- March 2, 2014)- This original production, created by puppeteer David Simpich, presents Simpich as Charles Dickens as he brings to life the colorful array of characters from the 1861 literary masterpiece. Utilizing a full cast of hand-carved marionettes, the story follows young Philip “Pip” Pirrup through his misadventures in a village on the marshlands of England and his eventual rise to wealth in London.
- 1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories (March 25- April 6, 2014)-Using only her imagination—and her Broadway voice—a princess saves a whole kingdom from an evil decree. Genies, jesters, 40 thieves, and other fantastical creations spring to life as she spins one cliffhanger after another in this inventive staging of an early hit by Tony award winner Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon).
- Charlotte’s Web (April 10- May 25, 2014)- Charlotte the friendly spider has a plan to save Wilbur the pig: she’s going to make him famous using her wits, words, and webs! With a colorful cast of barn-yard characters including the old sheep and Templeton the gluttonous rat, E.B. White’s gentle tale of unlikely friendship will have you cheering: “Terrific, terrific, terrific!”
- Xperimental Puppetry Theater (May 15- 18, 2014)- Every year, dozens of artists come together in Xperimental Puppetry Theater (XPT), a program that offers professional and emerging artists the opportunity to explore and experiment, creating original and bold puppet theater guaranteed to inspire and surprise adult audiences. Join us for an artist talk-back following every performance.
Tickets for all the shows are sale now and can be purchased in-person at the Center for Puppetry Arts box office or online at puppet.org. Don’t forget- there’s plenty of FREE parking at the Center for Puppetry Arts and family performance tickets include the Create-A-Puppet Workshop.