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East Coast Super Sonic Puppet Festival
300 Puppeteers to Perform in Super Sonic Puppet Festival July 20-23
The Puppeteers of America and The Asheville Puppetry Alliance will again present an array of exciting puppet performances at the Diana Wortham Theatre from Thursday through Sunday.
The East Coast Super Sonic Puppet Festival returns to Asheville, 300 puppeteers strong, July 20-23. The festival offers a variety of shows at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville. Whether one grew up with Howdy Doody or Sesame Street, there is something for everyone. For more information visit www.EastCoastPuppetFest.com/public_performances.htm
This summer’s East Coast Super Sonic Puppet Festival offers adult, family and children shows. It includes the superb artistry of The Huber Marionettes, the poetic imagery of Heather Henson, and the zaniness of That Puppet Guy, there is something for everyone. These and more puppet productions are sure to awe and thrill audiences.
THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2006, 7:30 PM
FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2006, 11 AM
So, you think you know this timeless tale of the loveable Italian woodcarver named Geppetto who wishes for a real boy? Lee Bryan gives it a new life with his wacky found-object puppetry. This original one-man adaptation combines live vocal characterizations with authentic Italian music and Commedia-style mask work. The peddler's cart made of woven neckties carries the entire show into the performance space. It also transforms into a mighty sailing ship, a puppet theatre and even "pesce cane," the great dogfish Shark. Plenty of audience participation abounds in this solo, “tour-de-farce,” which was produced with a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation.
FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2006, 7:30 PM
"The Traveler" is a trilogy of ghost stories about vagabonds caught between “here” and “there.” They are questioning what moves them forward on their mysterious journey, and what holds them back. The tales include Richard Middleton’s "On the Brighton Road" (1920), William Butler Yeats’ "Purgatory" (1929), and an original commissioned by Dramaton from Enma Ito, artistic director of Fantoma Theater Company from Osaka, Japan. Dramaton Theater uses evocative stage design, eerie soundscape, and an original style of puppetry to create this ghostly world to engage the audience’s imagination. This will be the premiere of "The Traveler."
SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2006, 11 AM
Paul Vincent Davis has been described as a consummate artist. He is known as a puppeteer who designs and constructs his own delightful puppet figures, surrounding them with colorful costumes and scenery. Davis performs all the characters and voices live. He performs with equal skill to audiences of adults as well as children. How does he change Beauty's costumes so quickly? It is puppet magic, but he will tell you the secret if you ask him.
SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2006, 7:30 PM
PANTHER & CRANE by Heather Henson’s IBEX, Inc.
LITTLE BOUCH by Albrecht Roser’s Meisterklasse
SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2006, 2 PM
Red Herring Puppets have created an original rhymed version of the classic tales told with music and large table-top puppets. These timeless stories are simple to understand and address topics relevant to school age children, covering such timely issues as bullying, selfishness, competition, ingenuity, and the affirmation that little beings can achieve great things.
TICKETS AND INFORMATION
For more information call 828-257-4530, or visit www.EastCoastPuppetFest.com/public_performances.htm.
The Puppeteers of America and the Asheville Puppetry Alliance are both non-profit arts organization dedicated to bringing the ancient art of puppetry to audiences of all ages.