Center for Puppetry Arts® is pleased to announce its upcoming 2013-2014 season. To celebrate its milestone 35th anniversary, the Center will continue its tradition of presenting great storytelling through puppetry, including innovative adaptations and dynamic new works by the Center’s company, as well as acclaimed artists from across the U.S.
This season’s Family Performances get off to a fun-filled start with Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain and directed by the Center’s own artistic director Jon Ludwig. Children and adults alike will love watching all of their favorite moments from the classic story come to life. In August, marionettes spin straw into gold in the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin. Of course, the Center for Puppetry Arts promises to bring good cheer in the winter as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ returns to spread the magic of the holiday season.
Then, in the New Year, the Center opens the flood gates on Mother Nature with the original and en“lightning” musical Weather Rocks! From a newsroom in the clouds, five energetic meteorologists sing about the weather with an array of songs filled with cool facts about rain, snow, hurricanes, sunshine, and more.
1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories brings a thrilling tale of how a princess saves her kingdom through the power of storytelling. Co-produced by Flying Carpet Theatre Co. and the Center for Puppetry Arts, fantastical creations spring to life as the princess 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). Someone must have let the Genie out of his bottle, because this stellar production will be a dream come true for puppet and music lovers across Atlanta!
The Center’s Performances for Adults & Teens prove that puppets aren’t just for children. The award-winning Autumn Portraits, by Eric Bass of Sandglass Theater in Putney, VT is a beautiful, must-see performance in which handcrafted puppets act out the “autumn” of their existence. The one-man tour de force Great Expectations by David Simpich Marionettes of Colorado Springs, CO, brings Dickens’ literary masterpiece to life with hand-carved marionettes.
Since 1978, the Center for Puppetry Arts has introduced millions of guests to the wonder and art of puppetry – touching lives through enchanting Performances, curriculum-based Workshops and hands-on Museum experiences, as well as Distance Learning and Outreach programs. “Thirty-five years and the party is just getting started!” raves Artistic Director Jon Ludwig. “For those who have never been to the Center and for those who have, this year is going to be monumental. We have lined up a spectacular season, and I invite all of Atlanta to come help us celebrate during this year-long party!”
In addition to its diverse performances, Center for Puppetry Arts offers many other programs, including its hands-on Museum featuring more than 350 puppets from the around the world and the not-to-miss Jim Henson showcase. New exhibits and tours are popping up throughout the year, so patrons should be sure to visit often! The Center’s Film Series showcases puppets on the big screen, featuring classic movies, hidden gems, and contemporary productions. As part of its award-winning educational programming, the Center offers extensive learning opportunities for patrons of all ages, including Discovery Days during the fall, Puppet Camp for ages nine though 12 (this July), an Explore Puppetry Series of workshops and webinars accessible to aspiring puppeteers across the country, and other Distance Learning online content that allows puppet lovers across the coountry to experience the fun of the Center at any location.
For more information, visit www.puppet.org.
The 2013-2014 Family Performances:
THE TRUE STORY OF THE 3 LITTLE PIGS BY A. WOLF May 28 – June 9, 2013
By Paul Mesner Puppets of Kansas City, MO
DR. SEUSS’S THE CAT IN THE HAT June 13 – July 28, 2013
Based on the book by Dr. Seuss
Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain
Center for Puppetry Arts production directed by Jon Ludwig
RUMPELSTILTSKIN August 1 – September 8, 2013
Adapted by Bobby Box & Michael Haverty
PETER RABBIT September 11 – 22, 2013
By Thistle Theatre of Seattle, WA
EVERYBODY LOVES PIRATES September 25 – October 6, 2013
By Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers of Bar Harbor, ME
THE WIZARD OF OZ October 9 – 20, 2013
By Frisch Marionettes of Cincinnati, OH
THE DRAGON KING October 22 – November 3, 2013
By Tanglewood Marionettes of Ware, MA
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEERTM November 7 – December 29, 2013
Adapted by Jon Ludwig
STAN THE LOVESICK SNOWMAN January 2 – February 2, 2014
Adapted by Jon Ludwig
WEATHER ROCKS! February 6 – March 23, 2014
Written by Jon Ludwig
1001 NIGHTS: A LOVE STORY ABOUT LOVING STORIES March 25 – April 6, 2014
Co-produced by Flying Carpet Theatre Co. and Center for Puppetry Arts
Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez; Book by Adam Koplan and Robert Lopez
CHARLOTTE’S WEB April 10 – May 25, 2014
Adapted by Joseph Robinette
The 2013-2014 Performances for Adults & Teens:
AUTUMN PORTRAITS (ages 14+ only) November 8 – 10, 2013
By Sandglass Theater’s Eric Bass of Putney, VT
GREAT EXPECTATIONS (ages 12+) February 25 – March 2, 2014
By David Simpich Marionettes of Colorado Springs, CO
XPERIMENTAL PUPPETRY THEATER (XPT) (ages 18+ only) May 15 – 18, 2014
By Various Artists
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