Happy Friday, Puppet Fans! This weekend we’re psyched to present you with Hansel and Gretel. This classic story by the Tanglewood Marionettes uses beautiful large-scale marionettes to tell the story of a brother and sister lost in the woods. The Tanglewood Marionettes have been in operation for over 20 years, and have been all over the country presenting their pieces to kids of all ages! Not only are they performing Hansel and Gretel, but they're also coming back this summer with Arabian Adventures, so stay tuned!
ABOUT THE SHOW:
"Hansel and Gretel" is a riveting adventure story about a brother and sister who get lost in the woods. In this original adaptation, each sibling has a different strength, but they must learn to work together if they want to get back home. Large-scale puppets, intricate scenery, and an exciting musical score will amaze audiences of all ages and inspire kids to get creative when faced with big challenges!
DATES AND TIMES:
Saturday, June 6 @ 1pm and 3pm
Sunday, June 7 @ 1pm and 3pm
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Founded in 1993 by Peter and Anne Schaefer, Tanglewood Marionettes is a nationally touring marionette company whose unique productions have been seen by hundreds of thousands of children and families across the country. With seven shows currently in their repertoire, the company performs year-round at venues ranging from school assemblies to renowned cultural institutions.
Performer Peter Schaefer was born into a Boston-area family of puppeteers and has visited Puppet Showplace since he was a child. After apprenticing with the Bennington Puppets, Peter launched his own company, “Mountain Marionettes,” before joining with Anne Schaefer and fellow Bennington puppeteer Stephen Hancock to form Tanglewood Marionettes.
Performer Jennifer Tebo discovered her love of puppetry while pursuing a degree in Theater and Classical Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She has been touring with Tanglewood Marionettes since 2004 and plans to spend a lifetime in puppetry.
The company has received two UNIMA awards, puppetry's highest honor, for their productions An Arabian Adventure and The Dragon King.
Tanglewood Marionettes believes above all that a performance is a communal experience, with connections established not only with the performers, but also between members of the audience themselves as they laugh together, gasp together, and cheer together when the good guys prevail!