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One More Day to "Lend A Hand"



Help us raise $15,000 by Jan 1st! We are sooooo close!

As we are in the last few hours of 2012, the excitement of the new year is upon us! It has been a fantastic year for Puppet Showplace Theatre, and now is your chance to ensure that our mission continues for many years to come.

MAKE A DONATION

Fundraising Campaign Stats!
The grand total for donations is: $12,225. There is only $2,775 more to raise!

We have met all our matching challenges – thank you to ALL who participated in achieving those goals! We still have $2775 to raise before January 1…can YOU put us over the edge? With just a few hours to go, every donation, big or small, makes a HUGE DIFFERENCE!

Thank you to all our donors and members who have contributed during this appeal!

Next Step Living "Lends A Hand"

Next Step Living is a residential energy efficiency and renewables company that believes good things happen when you save energy in your home. Did you know that you can sign up for a FREE home assessment?

Representatives of Next Step Living will be in the PST lobby on Dec 31st and Jan 1st to answer questions and take sign-ups.  They have made a generous contribution to our fundraising campaign as one of our community partners! Saving the planet, and the puppet theatre at the same time? Our kind of heros!



Guest Blogger: Author/Illustrator Peter Reynolds

Peter Reynolds

Fuel for a Creative Journey

by Peter H. Reynolds
www.peterhreynolds.com

Award-winning author/illustrator Peter H.Reynolds talks about why he's a supporter of Puppet Showplace Theatre. YOU can support the theater too by donating to our annual winter appeal.
Help keep our theatre open another 39 years! 
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I am tapping away on my computer here in my office with a puppet hanging near me. Reminds me of my childhood and how lucky I was.

First stroke of luck was not being born alone. I arrived with my twin brother, Paul - a friend to talk to, adventure with, protect and defend, listen to, and explore the world with. We also were lucky to be born into a large-ish family of seven, so the house at 26 Samuel Road in Chelmsford, MA was buzzing with activity. Add to this scenario the fact that our parents were a British duo powered by resilience of having survived a world war, our mother a teenager in London and Dad stationed in Egypt. They ventured to Canada and then America in search of stability and peace. They brought with them however the whimsy and humor of Britain, and their love of books. Paul and I grew up in a house filled with inspiration for aspiring storytellers.

One of Peter's Pelham marionettes.  Did you know PST sells
other Pelham puppets in the puppet store?
Call 617-731-6400 for more info!
In my office, hung near my desk is one of the Pelham puppets bought on one of the birthday expeditions our mother would take us on. Year after year it was the same, a trip to Newbury Street in Boston, including lunch at the English Tea Room and the long-awaited visit to F.A.O. Schwartz across the street. There we were allowed to choose a gift, and that gift was always a Pelham puppet. Made in England, these marionettes were really a cut way above the cheap marionettes at the big toy store near our house. Our mother's pride of everything British underlined how special these were, as we gingerly pulled them out of their boxes on the train trundling its way back to the Lowell train station where Dad would be waiting to pick us all up.

Once home, Paul and I would inspect our collection. Over the years we added a beautiful puppet stage which gave us the official platform to share our marionettes with local kids. While we did a pretty impressive job for little kids, it was a trip to the Puppet Showplace in Brookline that blew the lid off things. Wow. We sat in the little theatre, jaws dropped, watching professional puppeteers transforming wood and strings into real worlds - not only with movement and voice, but lighting, sound effects, and music. It was magical! These extraordinary productions also allowed us to meet adults with talent and imagination. It planted that seed in us that when we grew up, we'd like to be just like them.

Marionettes at PST: Hansel & Gretel
by National Marionette Theatre,
Dec 20-23, BUY TICKETS
I like to think that we did indeed grew up to be creative kindred spirits. Not all kids get the experiences that Paul and I got and often grow up as their imagination, bravery and joy fade slowly over time. I am thankful I had a twin to share the creative journey with, a family that supported storytelling and whimsy, and experiences in the community, like Puppet Showplace, to nurture and fuel our imaginations and keep that fuel burning long into our adult years.

I am happy to say that my job as Chief Visionary Officer of FableVision Studios, co-owner of a book and toy shop, The Blue Bunny, and author/illustrator of picture books for all ages - all of these have roots in a creative childhood. I am one of the lucky ones. I do what I love and I love what I do - and that is a wish I have for all children - and adults too!

I'd love to encourage you to support one of my childhood inspirations, Puppet Showplace Theatre. I have personally made a contribution to support the great work of this historic and important gem. I hope you will too.

Bella "Lends a Hand!"

HOWDY PUPPET FANS!

Bella Monster here, your favorite, furry and fabulous puppet friend! I love being at Puppet Showplace Theatre, there is always so much to see. Not just the puppet shows, but the workshops, the store, the special events, and all the wonderful people here. I sometimes like to lend a hand around the theater. Have you heard about the "Lend A Hand" campaign? Let me show you what goes on!

You can also read more about it on the Puppet Showplace Theatre website. CLICK HERE

TICKET MONSTER: To to right here, I am helping at the Box Office, processing ticket orders. We get a lot of school groups visiting the theater, families with young children, nanny's, and even grandparents who bring their grandchildren.

I LOVE to "Lend A Hand" at PST. Here are a few more ways that I like to help out around the theatre:



RETAIL MONSTER: I sometimes help organize items in our puppet store. The puppets and I get along well, we can relate to one another.

DISPLAY MONSTER: Here I am helping put up our winter decorations. We've got some great shows coming up this season, including some world premieres!  VIEW CALENDAR


VOLUNTEER MONSTER: Here I am helping to get the playbills ready for the show. This week is "Tales From Snowy Lands" by Sparky's Puppets, what a hilarious show! BUY TICKETS


WAYS FOR YOU TO "LEND A HAND"


Everyone works hard at Puppet Showplace Theatre to produce wonderful programs all year long.  Although I am sure that I am VERY helpful, there is only so much that one monster can do!  Puppet Showplace Theatre needs YOUR help in order to keep doing what we do.

The best way you can "LEND A HAND" is to make a donation to the theater during our Winter Appeal. Not only is your donation tax-deductible, and will help pay for the amazing programs here, but you will also be helping preserve a historic institution that's been inspiring audiences since 1974. How cool is that? 

Well, I've got to go now, Bradley needs me to help untangle the marionettes. Bye!

Love you lots!

-Bella xoxo

PST Launches "Lend A Hand" Fundraising Campaign


SUPPORT PUPPETRY IN YOUR COMMUNITY!

Since 1974, Puppet Showplace Theatre has inspired audiences of all ages with the magical world of puppet theatre, but we can't do it without YOU!

Our fundraising goal this year is to raise $39,000 in donations in honor of our 39th year. We need to raise $15,000 of that amount by the end of December. Any donation, large or small, is tax deductible and deeply appreciated! MAKE A DONATION

Our ticket sales barely cover half of our operating expenses, the rest comes from generous members and supporters. We urgently need you to lend us a hand to keep our mission for arts, imagination and creativity alive and well into the future!

CONTRIBUTE BY MAIL

You can also send your donation to Puppet Showplace Theatre, ATTN: Winter Appeal, 32 Station Street, Brookline, MA 02445.

MATCHING CHALLENGES- DOUBLE YOUR DONATION!

Some of our generous donors have pledged to double their gift if someone matches it. We currently have matching challenges at the following levels: $150 (2 challenges),$250 (2 challenges), $500 (1 challenge) and $1000 (1 challenge) If you pledge to donate one of those amounts before January 1st, your donation will be DOUBLED!

EMPLOYER MATCHING: Ask your employer if they have their own matching donation program — many do! If Puppet Showplace Theatre is on their list, your gift can be doubled! Call 617-731-6400 for help to get this started at your work!

SPECIAL INCENTIVES:

The first 10 donors who pledge $150 or more will receive a beautiful full-color Puppet Theater Calendar, featuring puppet companies from across the country (including Puppet Showplace Theatre!)

ALL donors who pledge $500 or more will receive a calendar, and ALSO receive a signed vintage 8x10 photograph of PST co-founder and award-winning puppeteer Paul Vincent-Davis.