Puppet Showplace Theater is buzzing with excitement for our Carnival of Wonders Gala! We've all been working so hard in preparation for June 2nd —including Roxie Myhrum, our Artistic Director who is planning an amazing night for you!
Roxie, Artistic Director since 2010, is in charge of creating our season. She selects puppet shows from across the globe to bring professional, high-quality puppeteers to our theater! The Artists' Fund supports these performers as they travel from places like Montreal, Atlanta, and Ohio. Last season we featured the Frisch Marionette's of Cincinatti and Hobey Ford from North Carolina! This summer you can catch Hiawatha by Catskill Puppet Theatre (New York) and The Swan by Le Théâtre de Deux Mains (Quebec)!
We are honored to present this The Creative Leadership Award to author and puppeteer, Sarah Lamstein. This annual award is given each year to a member of the community who exhibits Puppet Showplace Theater’s dedication to inspiring creativity in the community.
During the evening, we will also present the Paul Vincent Davis Award to Eric Bass and Ines Zeller, the founders of Sandglass Theater, to recognize their decades of excellence, mentorship and service to the puppetry community. Named after our former Artist in Residence, this annual award recognizes puppeteers from New England who demonstrate artistic excellence, mentorship, and service to the puppetry community! Paul Vincent Davis is one of America's most renowned glove puppeteers and he and Mary Churchill, our founder, worked tirelessly to establish a puppetry community in New England. We’re proud to honor him as the namesake and inspiration for this award.
Letter from Roxie...
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Our 40th Anniversary Season has been a whirlwind of activity! What better way to celebrate than to gather together New England's best puppeteers in one of Brookline's most beautiful settings for a night of food, fun, and fundraising.
Our gala is the only place you and your family can experience dozens of awe-inspiring puppetry performances in a joyous carnival atmosphere, all in a single night. Performances take place across the grounds of the George H. Wightman mansion, and are designed for audiences of all ages. Children under 10 attend for free!
Our gala is the only place you can experience dozens of awe-inspiring performances in a joyous carnival atmosphere, all in a single night. We'll also enjoy exquisite cuisine catered by one of my favorite restaurants, The Fireplace.
I'm thrilled to announce that many distinguished leaders will also be in attendance to lend their support to our cause. Michael and Kitty Dukakis, former Governor and First Lady of Massachusetts, are Gala Chairs, along with other distinguished cultural leaders and philanthropists. View List of Gala VIPs.
Carnival of Wonders will be emceed by Emmy Award-Winning A&E Critic Joyce Kulhawick.(JoycesChoices.com) Joyce has inspired all of us in the arts community with her incredible leadership and advocacy work, and I am thrilled she is now lending her support to our cause.
I hope you will join us for this unforgettable evening, and that you will be inspired to give generously to make our 41st season the best it can be!