April showers bring May flowers, and this April, we’re showering you with a calendar PACKED full of exciting events and performances. From the premiere of our brand new show Pete the Cat and a unique opportunity to see masterful Japanese puppetry, to Museum tours and educational workshops, we are not slowing down. We hope you’ll celebrate the beginning of spring with us!

On stage Apr. 1 & 2: Japanese Masters: A Kuruma Ningyo Performance. Don't miss this truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see exquisite Japanese puppetry at work. This type of performance is rarely seen in the United States, and the Center for Puppetry Arts, along with the Consulate-General of Japan and the Japan-America Society of Georgia, is bringing it to you for one weekend only. Ages 8+.

Japanese Masters

On stage through Apr. 2: The Dragon King. The rains are gone. Will the village survive? A fearless Grandmother resolves to ask the Dragon King why he is withholding the rain, even if she must go to the bottom of the sea! This show is presented in our Downstairs Theater by Tanglewood Marionettes of Ware, MA, and you’ll make a Chinese Dragon Marionette in the Create-a-Puppet Workshop. Ages 4+.

The Dragon King

On stage beginning Apr. 4: Pete the Cat. Based on the book series by James Dean. Adapted by Jon Ludwig and Jason Hines. Directed by Jon Ludwig. This new show is a groovy adventure of one cool, skateboarding, surfing, rocking blue cat and his fine friends. A new show based on the New York Times Best Seller series. This show is presented in our Mainstage Theater, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop will be the Pete the Cat Hand Puppet. Keep reading for details about special events April 8, 15 and 29! Notes: No shows April 16. We will present a sensory-friendly version of this show on April 23. Ages 4+.

Pete the Cat


 

In the Worlds of Puppetry Museum all month: Guided tours of the museum take place Tuesday-Friday at 1 pm, Saturday at 11 am. Guided tours of the Jim Henson Collection take place Tuesday-Friday at 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm. 

Take a walk through our Labyrinth! Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Journey to Goblin City is open through Sept. 3. Don't miss it! Included with regular Museum-only or All-Inclusive admission.

Tale Time Thursday takes place every Thursday at 2 pm in the museum and is included with museum admission. Schedule is as follows:

  • 4/6: Shadow Play by Paul Fleishman and Eric Beddows
  • 4/13: Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa by Gerald McDermott
  • 4/20: Mr. Semolina-Semolinus: A Greek Folktale by Anthony L. Manna
  • 4/27: The Rabbit Who Overcame Fear by Dharma/Eric Meller 

At the Center through Apr. 23: The premiere of Pete the Cat is the purr-fect time to become a Member at the Center for Puppetry Arts! Join by April 23, and you'll save $10 on select Memberships AND get two extra months of Membership FREE! Go to puppetjoin.com and use promo code ROCKON.


Apr. 1: Volunteer Orientation. Want to get involved with the Center for Puppetry Arts? This orientation will give you all the information you need. 10 am.


Apr. 8: Celebrate the opening of Pete the Cat with a book signing by author and illustrator duo Kim and James Dean. They will be set up in the atrium after the 12 pm show. Books will be available in the Museum Store for purchase or you can bring your own. Free with admission1:30-3:30 pm.

Kim and James Dean


 

Apr. 8Fulton County Free Museum Saturday. Fulton County residents, students and government employees receive free admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum on Fulton County Free Museum Saturday, or 25% off an all-inclusive ticket. Valid for walk-up purchases only. Must show valid ID. Download and complete the sheet here and bring it with you on Free Museum Saturday.


Apr. 15: ​​Hello Robo is coming to the Center! Their mission is to make personal robotics more accessible and affordable for everyone. They will have their own robots on display that can interact with patrons. They'll show kids how to build a Robo Pete of their very own, just like the one Pete builds in our production. The Robo Pete robot can be made with materials that are inexpensive and easy to order online and it'll look just like Pete's! Free with admission11 am-2 pm

Hello Robo Pete


Apr. 18: Volunteer Orientation. Want to get involved with the Center for Puppetry Arts? This orientation will give you all the information you need. 12 pm


Apr. 23: We present a sensory-friendly version of Pete the Cat on Sunday, April 23. This performance employs a number of alterations, including theater lights dimmed down but not out, consistent sound levels and lower volume of show soundtrack, freedom for children to talk and to leave their seat if necessary, a quiet zone in the lobby, and permission to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages. The museum and Create-A-Puppet Workshop will be modified as well. Learn more about our ASD initiative here.


Apr. 24: Explore Puppetry Series: The Shadow Puppet Conspiracy: How to Perform Shadow Puppet Improv. The Shadow Puppet Conspiracy is an exciting adventure into the world of improvised  shadow puppet performance. A storyteller, using audience suggestions, weaves an  original tale as a group of bold and daring shadow puppeteers work together to  create and perform the story right before the audience’s eyes. Presented by Sea Beast Puppet Company. $35 nonmembers/$25 Members.

Shadow Puppet Improv


 

Apr. 29: Pete the Cat loves to ride his skateboard. Check out this "ride" on a 4-inch scaled-down replica of a skateboard called a Fingerboard. Fingerboard experts will be at the Center using their hands to perform an array of dazzling tricks inspired by real skateboarding. Kids will be able to try some boards out for themselves. Join us and enter a drawing to win Fingerboards of your very own to take home! Free with admission11 am-2 pm

Fingerboard