Jan 22–Mar 10, 2019

Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show


Center for Puppetry Arts

Adapted by Jon Ludwig  

Performance Dates

Jan 22–Mar 10, 2019

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Sensory-Friendly Programming


Meet the Cast


Ages 4+

Reduced-Price Previews Jan 22 & 23 

This historical hoedown with folktales and fables that honor Paul Bunyan, John Henry, Pecos Bill, and Hekeke of the Miwok tribe with tales taller than a ten-gallon hat.

Learning Themes: American history, folklore, Native American stories

Puppetry Styles: Body, Hand and Rod, Rod, Shadow

Create-A-Puppet Workshop™: Babe the Blue Ox Hand Puppet

Mainstage Theater


Sensory-Friendly Programming

Sun, Feb 3, 2019

12-5pm: Museum exhibits
1pm & 3pm: Performances
12-5pm: Create-A-Puppet Workshops™

Guests will be welcomed by staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD.

Performance alterations include 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. Create-A-Puppet Workshop classrooms will be brighter, quieter, and feature less-messy puppet building materials and slightly simplified puppet designs. This modified programming also extends to include our expanded Museum, where lighting will be adjusted and specialized educational activities (such as touch tables and guided storytelling) will be integrated.

This program is supported in part by:

Cheryl Henson




Advanced reservations are required.
Join us at the Center for Puppetry Arts for a celebration of puppetry and STEM! Earn all four STEM patches.
Enjoy our performance of Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show with a special post-show Scouts-only presentation that will make Science connections with the show and will reveal the Technology behind the spectacle of our performances (including the computers, lights and sound systems we use to create our puppetry magic).
A Guided Tour of our incredible Worlds of Puppetry Museum will highlight the Engineering behind the design and build of Jim Henson puppets as well as puppetry traditions from across the world. A customized Create-A-Puppet Workshop will celebrate the Math applications utilized in making your own one-of-a-kind Babe the Blue Ox Hand Puppet (shapes, angles, measuring, symmetry, fractions).
A fun-filled day guaranteed to educate, entertain, and inspire awaits. Our special Girl Scouts ticket ($17.25) is your only way into these exclusive events!
Limit 4 tickets per reservation for Girl Scouts and their adult companions. No tag-alongs. Center Group Rates and Member Rates not applicable. Recommended for Brownies and Juniors.
Center for Puppetry Arts reserves the right to cancel a program with a full refund if it does not meet minimum sign-up requirements.

A few testimonials from former Girl Scout STEM Day participants: 

Thank you for hosting the Girl Scouts at the Center for Puppetry Arts! My girls and I loved the program. //We had so much fun, we didn't realize that we were learning.

The STEM activities and information that you provided for the girls was great! Not over their heads, but not boring either. It was a fantastic way to get them thinking about the practical uses of STEM in a fun environment.

I truly appreciate the level of depth and thoughtfulness that your team used when preparing this workshop.//The girls left empowered and inspired by all of the Girl Leads at the company. // Keep up the great work! You set an amazing example for the other Girl Scout community partnerships. 

Meet the Cast

Dolph Amick is psyched as psnake oil to perform in Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show in such an oddly visible role. You may have not seen him as he has performed in such Center for Puppetry Arts shows as Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Charlotte’s Web, or as he played bass for West Side Story (Fabrefaction Theatre). He is the composer for the Center’s upcoming production of Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type and last year’s Shake a Tale Feather with Mother Goose, as well as the composer and producer of the CD Peas on Earth (Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre). Though he is currently recording country and electronic pop CDs, as well as playing with his band Three Quarter Ale, his biggest current art project remains the rearing of his amazing three-year-old son, Valentine. Love to Valentine and his hilarious wife, Kara, and love and welcome to stage manager Jessica. 

S. Renee Clark (Music Director/Pianist/ Pert Near Pat) is happy as a happy to be back at The Center for Puppetry Arts. This Atlanta native has travelled the world making music. Pick a theatre in Atlanta and she’s probably worked there. She is a proud product of the Atlanta Public School System. Life’s motto: Let your light shine.

Jimmica Collins (Hot Biscuit Betty/Paul Bunny) is excited to be returning for her 3rd production with Center for Puppetry Arts! You may have seen her as Mary Mary in Mother Goose, or last summer as Cutie in Aesop's Fables. Other Atlanta credits include: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Fancy Nancy the Musical, Lyle the Crocodile (Synchronicity Theatre), The Bridges of Madison County (Aurora Theatre), Freed Spirits (Horizon Theatre), Company the Musical (Actor's Express), Oliver the Musical (Fabrefaction Theatre),The Old Ship of Zion (Essential Theatre), and Broken (Rising Sage Theatre). Jimmica holds a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Stephanie Lloyd is so happy to be returning to the Center for Puppetry Arts stage as Sally Anne. Her Center for Puppetry Arts credits include The Adventures of Mighty Bug and the Center’s 2015 production of Tall Tales. Other favorite Atlanta credits include The Three Penny Opera at 7 Stages Theatre, Courage at the Alliance Theatre, The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Actors Express, and Anything Goes at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre. Stephanie has also performed regionally with Matt Davenport Productions and The Lost Colony. Stephanie is proudly represented by People Store and has appeared in several commercials and industrials. She would like to thank Jon Ludwig, her family, and her boyfriend for their continued support. 

Tim Sweeney is delighted to be back at the Center for Puppetry Arts where he began his career nearly twenty years ago. Previous Center performance include The Little Pirate Mermaid, Cinderella Della Circus, Space!, Mighty Bug, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Peter Pan, Pete the Cat, Charlotte’s Web, Rumplestiltskin, Stan the Lovesick Snowman, and The Ghastly Dreadfuls, among others. He has also directed Rudolph (2015-2018), Peter Pan (2018), and Charlotte’s Web (2017) and serves as the Program Director for Xperimental Puppetry Theatre. He would like to thank Jon Ludwig for all the wonderful opportunities to learn and grow as an artist he’s received over the years, all the Center Staff, and his family for their support. Big shout outs to my girls Elora and Stella and my better half, Amy Sweeney!