Happy Memorial Day! We’re hoping for lots of sunshine this weekend as we remember our nation’s heroes. Here at Puppet Showplace Theater we’re also celebrating heroes— tiny ones! This weekend, as part of our Tiny Heroes series, "The Reluctant Dragon," by All Hands Productions opens and we’re so excited! In this not-so-average fairytale, a quirky book-loving princess saves the day all by herself! We're thrilled to share David Stephens' hilarious show with you! Did you know that he performed on Sesame Street?
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Princess Penelope loves to read about dragons. Imagine her surprise when she actually meets one! When the much-touted dragon slayer Sir Reginald Thwebes arrives in the castle, King Rhubarb calls upon him to fight the fearsome beast. The Princess has to think quickly to save her friend. Will it be a fight to the death? Will it be a draw? Will they even fight at all? Find out in this hilarious performance featuring magnificent moving-mouth puppets, elaborate medieval costumes, and many very creative ways to hide a pet dragon.
SHOW DATES AND TIMES:
Thursday, May 21st @ 10:30 am
Friday, May 22nd @ 10:30 am
Saturday, May 23rd @ 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Sunday, May 24th @ 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Monday, May 25th @ 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
David Stephens is the creator of All Hands Productions, a puppet company that, for over a decade, has been dedicated to developing and presenting quality puppet theater for audiences of all ages. David has toured his seven popular productions to theaters, schools, libraries, and festivals throughout the United States and Canada. His show, “Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stuff” was awarded the prestigious UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence in 2005 (the equivalent of an Oscar in the puppetry world).
In addition to creating original works, David has also been a puppeteer for the Jim Henson Company and has been a Muppet performer on “Sesame Street.” He also performed numerous characters in the live production of Emmet Otter at the Goodspeed Opera House. David is a graduate of Troy University and the University of Connecticut’s Puppet Arts program (MA 2001). Originally from Alabama, he now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition his work as a puppeteer, David is also an accomplished banjo player. For more information visit www.allhandsproductions.com andwww.davidstephensbanjo.com
“The Reluctant Dragon” was funded in part by a 2008 Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant
Here are some photo's from David's work on Sesame Street, Emmet Otter, and SeeMore's Playhouse!