Friday, July 24, 2009
It may be time to start thinking about school again but not before one more weekend of outrageous fun. The Townsend Center for the Performing Arts’ grand finale for kids this summer features puppets, puppets and more puppets beginning with a three-day workshop and finishing up with a theatre trip around the world.
International puppeteer Hobey Ford’s Peeper Puppets, shadow puppetry and animal creatures called Foamies will delight audiences of all ages. Winner of puppetry's highest honor, the UNIMA Citation of Excellence, Ford is renowned on stages around the globe, from Calgary to Singapore.
“Rainbow Bridge and Other Tales,” a collage of folktales from around the world, will entertain young and old on Friday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m. “Rainbow Bridge” begins with a tribal story from the Chumash Native Americans of coastal California, followed by a trip to the rain forests of Puerto Rico to meet Coqui, a tree frog that learns even small creatures can accomplish large feats. Then, the show goes off to Norway for an all time favorite tale of danger and determination in “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.”
In addition to the evening show, Ford will teach his creative magic at a three-day workshop, “Telling Folktales with Shadow Puppetry,” on Wednesday through Friday, July 29-31, from 9 a.m. to noon. Part of the Inspiration Station series, it is a summer workshop for children funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of West Georgia.
Discounts and scholarships are available and teachers are welcome to participate.
Developed in conjunction with the Kennedy Center Partnership in Education, children construct a shadow puppet theater, script a folktale into a play, and rehearse their own performance in small groups. They will learn storytelling with shadow puppetry performance techniques and make their own shadow puppets.
Class size is small for personal instruction and designed for children in grades second through sixth. The cost for the three-day workshop is $45 with all materials included. Families with siblings are eligible for discounts and scholarships are available for those needing financial assistance. To register or request a scholarship application, call Renét Jones at the Townsend Center at 678-839-4722.
Tickets for the Friday night show, “Rainbow Bridge and other Tales,” are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and military, and $5 for children. For ticket purchases, call the Townsend Center Box Office at 678-839-4722. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.townsendcenter.org.