March is here, and that means spring is upon us! And this spring, lots of exciting events are blossoming at the Center for Puppetry Arts. If you need a cure for your winter cabin fever, get out of the house and join us this month. Here’s everything we have lined up in March 2017:

 

On stage through Mar. 5: Oliver Twist. Renowned one-man tour-de-force David Simpich brings the adventures of literature’s most famous orphan to life with all the passion, pathos and character of the literary classic. Oliver Twist is presented as part of our New Directions Series for adults and teens.

Oliver Twist

On stage through Mar. 12: The Adventures of Mighty Bug. Scorpiana is on the loose and threatening the insect citizens of Bugville! Is our hero Mighty Bug up to the challenge? This action-packed, science-filled adventure takes you on a comic book-style adventure as Mighty Bug saves the day. This show features shadow, body and black light puppetry, and you’ll make a Lightning Bug Rod and String Puppet in the Create-A-Puppet Workshop.

Mighty Bug

 

On stage beginning Mar. 14: 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.

 

The Dragon King


In the Worlds of Puppetry Museum all month: Guided tours of the museum (http://www.puppet.org/buy-tickets/2016-17/worlds-of-puppetry-tour/) take place Tuesday-Friday at 1 pm, Saturday at 11 am. Guided tours of the Jim Henson Collection (http://www.puppet.org/buy-tickets/2016-17/jim-henson-collection-tour/) take place Tuesday-Friday at 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm.

 

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

  • 3/2: Shadow Play by Paul Fleishman and Eric Beddows
  • 3/9: The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie dePaola
  • 3/16: The Rabbit Who Overcame Fear by Dharma and Eric Meller
  • 3/23: Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa by Gerald McDermott
  • 3/30: Mr. Semolina-Semolinus: A Greek Folktale by Anthony L. Manna

Mar. 4: Puppet pop-up carts take place the first Saturday of every month from 11:00-3:00 and offer an in-depth look at different puppetry traditions from around the world. Get an up-close look of international puppets from our education collection, touch different materials used to build puppets, or just learn something new about puppetry around the world. This month, we’ll learn about Burmese puppetry in our Global Collection gallery and about basic puppet manipulation with the use of peeper puppets in our Jim Henson Collection gallery. Included with museum admission.


Mar. 6: Join us for an Explore Puppetry Series workshop entitled “When Once is Not Enough: Molding & Casting Duplicates.” Presented by The Engineer Guy, this workshop will teach you about basic moldmaking techniques. Then, with the help of your friendly instructor, you’ll make your very own block mold that you get to keep. You are free to bring an item to mold, but we ask that you run it by us first. $25 Members, $35 general. 7-9 pm.


Mar. 8: Volunteer Orientation, 4 pm. Want to get involved with the Center for Puppetry Arts? This orientation will give you all the information you need.


Mar. 11: Looking for a family movie outing? We’re showing Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird on Saturday, Mar. 11. As always, Center for Puppetry Arts Members get free tickets to movie screenings.

 Follow That Bird


 

Mar. 17: Have you heard about the special Japanese puppetry master class we’re hosting? In conjunction with Japanese Masters (on sale now), visiting puppet artists Tom Lee (War Horse, Madama Butterfly) and Koryu Nishikawa V (Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo, Cart Puppetry Company of Japan) will present a special workshop exploring Japanese traditional puppetry techniques that have had an enormous influence on world puppetry performance. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from these masters! Applications are due Mar. 17. Visit our Facebook for application information.


Mar. 18: Volunteer Orientation, 9 am. Want to get involved with the Center for Puppetry Arts? This orientation will give you all the information you need.


Mar. 18: Join us on Mar. 18 for an all-day celebration of the World Day of Puppetry! We will have a special Create-A-Puppet workshop, global puppetry experiences and more. We’ve also got something really big—actually, pretty tiny—up our sleeve on this day: The ribbon cutting for our very own Tiny Door! We are so excited to be a part of the Tiny Doors Atlanta community and to reveal our door during the World Day of Puppetry celebration. 


 

Mar. 19: We present a sensory-friendly performance of The Dragon King on Sunday, Mar. 19. This performance will include modifications to the Center’s regular programming that will allow guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder to experience sensory-friendly Family Series performances, Film series, and Create-A-Puppet Workshops™. Guests will be welcomed by staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD. Learn more about our ASD initiative here


Mar. 20: Spring officially arrives on Mar. 20! And not only is it the first day of spring, it’s also Big Bird’s birthday. Happy birthday, Big Bird!!

Big Bird

 


 

Mar. 26: Our friends at the Georgia Aquarium will join us during the Mar. 26 performances of The Dragon King! George Waddlesworth and Domino the Whaleshark will be here posing for pictures outside the Museum. 12-3 pm.


Mar. 27: While our friends with Tanglewood Marionettes are in town presenting The Dragon King, they’ll also be leading an excellent beginner’s workshop about marionette manipulation. After a brief primer on marionette construction and stringing, participants  will learn the fundamentals of marionette manipulation. Students will  begin with simple movements, such as turning the puppet's head or raising its  hand, and then progress to compound movements, such as sitting or walking.  Emphasis will be placed on carefully observing real-world movement and body  language. The workshop will culminate with the participants applying the  techniques learned in a fun group exercise. $20 Members, $30 nonmembers. 7-9 pm.

Tanglewood Marionettes


 

Mar. 27 & 30: Docent training begins! We’re excited to welcome a new class of docent students who want to learn more about Jim Henson’s puppets and global puppetry traditions, and eventually give tours of our Museum. There will be both morning and evening classes, with the morning classes beginning Mar. 27 and evening classes beginning Mar. 30. Apply here.