Meet the Artists: National Marionette Theatre

This week, father-and-son duo David and Stephen Syrotiak from National Marionette Theatre travel to us from Pennsylvania to perform their rendition of "Hansel and Gretel". Accompanied by vivid scenery and masterful music, these beautifully crafted marionette puppets are sure to inspire awe in viewers of all ages. VIEW SHOW CALENDAR

"Hansel and Gretel"

Wednesday July 6th - Saturday July 9th @ 10:30AM and 1:00PM

Take a sneak-peek look at National Marionette Theatre's "Hansel and Gretel," performed by father and son, David and Stephen Syrotiak.

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About the Show:

The story of Hansel and Gretel has captured audiences' imaginations for generations. National Marionette Theatre's adaptation of this classic tale brings the Grimm brothers' story to life with exquisitely crafted marionettes, scrolling scenery, and the beautiful music of Engelbert Humperdinck. Audiences of all ages will cheer on this brother-and-sister team as they navigate the dark woods, outsmart the witch (by turning her into a giant cookie!), and finally get reunited with their family.

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About the Artists:

  Left to right: Peter Syrotiak, David Syrotiak Sr., David Syrotiak Jr.

Left to right: Peter Syrotiak, David Syrotiak Sr., David Syrotiak Jr.

National Marionette Theatre is one of the oldest continually-running marionette companies in the United States. Founded in 1967 by artistic director David A. Syrotiak, this award-winning company has been entertaining audiences around the world with their extraordinary productions for over forty years. Notable performance venues have included the Smithsonian Museum, the Center for Puppetry Arts, and numerous international puppetry festivals. The company has been twice honored with the prestigious UNIMA award for excellence in puppetry. In 2014, founder David A. Syrotiak also received Puppet Showplace Theater's first-ever Paul Vincent Davis Award for excellence, mentorship, and service to the field.

  Arabian Nights. Left to right: Peter Syrotiak, David Syrotiak Jr.

Arabian Nights. Left to right: Peter Syrotiak, David Syrotiak Jr.

David J. Syrotiak has been building and performing with the company since he was a boy. As the son of founder and artistic director David Syrotiak Sr., he has been around puppetry all his life. He has been involved in every NMT production from the planning stages to the performances with key roles in Aladdin, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Peter and the Wolf, Hansel and Gretel, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Rip Van Winkle, Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Alice in Wonderland. Over the past thirty years and thousands of performances David has dedicated his life to keeping the tradition of marionette performance alive in the United States.

  Peter Pan. Left to right: Peter Syrotiak, Mariana Syrotiak, David Syrotiak Jr.

Peter Pan. Left to right: Peter Syrotiak, Mariana Syrotiak, David Syrotiak Jr.

Stephen A. Syrotiak has been around puppetry his entire life. He is David’s son. At six weeks old, he attended his first international puppetry festival in Charleville-Mezieres, France. Stephen has been working behind the scenes since his early teenage years and made his performing debut in the summer of 2015 for a tour of Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp. Since then he has become an indispensable member of the company.