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Fall Fairy Tale Festival: Labor Day Weekend Through Columbus Day!

Puppet Showplace Theatre presents...

3rd Annual Fall Fairy Tale Festival
August 31-October 14


"Snow White & Other Tales"
by Perry Alley Theatre
Sat & Sun, Aug 31 & Sept 1
Shows at 1pm & 3pm

Join friends and family for a scavenger hunt, special treats, and other festive activities all throughout Puppet Showplace Theatre's Labor Day weekend season kick-off event!

About the show: Three fairy tales come to life as you’ve never seen them before in this imaginative production by the award-winning Perry Alley Theatre. See "Little Red Riding Hood" as it might have been performed in Ancient Rome, play pranks with the medieval puppet cast of “The Princess and the Pea,” and get a taste of Dad’s unusual sense of humor in an original dinner-table retelling of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

A show for the whole family: "Snow White and Other Tales" is a great show for all ages. The content is episodic, interactive, and silly, with lots of jokes that are appealing to younger audiences. The show is also very thoughtful and intellectually creative and appeals to parents and older children who will appreciate the verbal puns and tounge-in-cheek historical references.

Many different styles of puppetry: The show uses multiple styles of puppetry, including traditional glove puppetry, table top puppetry, and found object puppetry. This show is particularly recommended for those who are interested in creative variations on traditional puppetry performance. To prepare for the show, grown ups may want to explore different versions of fairytales with their children to see how an artist can modify the story.

Suggested story books: Can't wait for the show day to arrive? Check out these suggested books to get you into the fairy tale mood.  These stories aren't your typical renditions, but unique and creative retellings!  Read a fractured fairytale book like "The Stinky Cheese Man" or Compare Disney's "Snow White" to the Brother's Grimm edition or Pushkin's "The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Knights"
Andrew and Bonnie Periale receiving 2013 Paul Vincent Davis award for life time achievement in puppetry.
About the artists: Andrew and Bonnie Periale founded Perry Alley Theatre in 1986 and moved to their current home and studio in NH in 1988. Together, they’ve produced a dozen major shows and many shorter pieces for touring. Andrew and Bonnie have performed at numerous national and regional festivals, at the Smithsonian Institution, the Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta), the Jim Henson International Festival of Puppetry and many other venues across the U.S. as well as in France and Italy.

They have produced the magazines for UNIMA-USA for 28 years, establishing Puppetry International magazine in the early 1990s. Recognition includes The Paul Vincent Davis Award, the George Latshaw Award, 3 Henson Foundation grants, 2 UNIMA Citations, an Emmy nomination, finalists in the International Festival of Film and Television and, from UNIMA-USA, a Lifetime Achievement award.

Learn more about Perry Alley theatre on their website: CLICK HERE

Fall Fairytale Festival 2012 Kick-Off Weekend!

2nd Annual Fall Fairytale Festival
2012-2013 Season Kick-Off Event
this Labor Day Weekend at PST!

Cinderella by Tanglewood Marionettes
Sat & Sun | Sept 1 & 2 | 1pm & 3pm

Join us this weekend for a very special celebration of mythical stories and fantasy lands! The 2nd Annual Fall Fairytale Festival at Puppet Showplace Theatre Kick's off this Labor Day weekend with complementary refreshments provided by Whole Foods Brighton, a special guest balloon-animal artist, and other fun activities! Get ready for a magical time at PST!

About the Festival: (September 1 through October 14) Castles, giants, woodland fairies, talking frogs... do you love fairytales as much as we do? We are proud to once again kick off our season with the annual Fall Fairytale Festival. Experience classics like Cinderella and The Magic of Hans Christian Andersen while discovering original adaptations like Jack Tuesday: Fairytale Investigator. We’ve fit more beanstalks, princesses, and house-building pigs than you can imagine onto our stage.

About the show: Set in the eighteenth century and featuring a dozen lavishly costumed 30” marionettes, this production of "Cinderella" is a Tanglewood Marionettes showpiece. The story unfolds as the pages of a giant book open to reveal each beautifully painted setting--the village square, the rustic kitchen, the magnificent ballroom, plus many more (one of our scenes even “pops” right out of the book!). All your favorite characters are here, from gentle Cinderella to the bumptious stepsisters and the charming Prince, and each marionette is manipulated with precision and grace by our talented puppeteers. Our telling is based on the original beloved tale, but we do offer a few new surprises: Cinderella’s method of conveyance to the ball is NOT your traditional coach-and-four, and, when all hope seems lost, a clever little bluebird saves the day for Cinderella. A classic fairy tale told with wit and style, Tanglewood Marionettes’ production of "Cinderella" is sure to please audiences of all ages.

About the performer:  Peter Schaefer was born into a family of puppeteers and has been performing with hand puppets, rod puppets and marionettes since he was a child. After refining his skills with a local puppet company for several years, Peter purchased a marionette show from a retiring Boston puppeteer and launched his own company: Mountain Marionettes. After touring nationally for two years, in 1993 Peter decided to join with a fellow puppeteer and form a new company: Tanglewood Marionettes.  Over his career, Peter has brought his unique marionette artistry to hundreds of thousands of children and families across the country! 

Performance Schedule
(Sept 1 - October 14)

The Magic Of Hans Christian Andersenby Applause Unlimited

Cinderella by Tanglewood Marionettes
September 1 & 2 | 1pm & 3pm
Marionettes. Recommended for ages 4 & up.

Jack Tuesday: Fairytale Investigator  PST PREMIERE!
by Lionheart Puppet Company
September 8 & 9 | 1pm & 3pm 
Hand and Rod Puppets. Recommended for ages 4 & up.

Jack and the Beanstalk by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre 
September 15 & 16 | 1pm & 3pm
September 17 | 10:30am & 1pm
Mixed styles. Recommended for ages 4 & up.

The Three Little Pigs by WonderSpark Puppets
Sept 22 & 23 | 1pm & 3pm
Three Little Pigs by Wonderspark Puppets
Mixed styles. Recommended for ages 3 & up. 

The Frog Prince by Pumpernickel Puppets 
September 29 & 30 | 1pm & 3pm
Hand puppets. Recommended for ages 3 & up.

The Magic of Hans Christian Andersen
by Applause Unlimited
October 5 | 10:30am & 3pm October 6 & 7 | 1pm & 3pm
October 8 | 10:30am & 1pm
Mixed styles. Recommended for ages 4 & up. 

A Woodland Cinderella by Deborah Costine, Puppeteer! 
October 12 | 10:30am October 13 & 14 | 1pm & 3pm
Hand Puppets. Recommended for ages 3 & up. 

2011-2012 Season Kick Off at Puppet Showplace!

September * October * November

Puppet Showplace Theatre is proud to announce our first annual Fall Fairytale Festival! It's our celebration of the "once upon a time" tales and the "long ago and far away" places that people have cherished for generations. Each week from September to November features a different fairytale (or two) ranging from the beloved classics to modern adaptations. View the full schedule online.

Fall Fairytale Kick Off Event, Labor Day Weekend!
September 3rd & 4th, 1pm & 3pm

Featuring: Pinocchio by National Marionette Theatre


Join us on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend for a special season kickoff event! We will feature a return performance of the spectacular Pinocchio by National Marionette Theatre--completely sold out in July!--and we'll have activities, refreshments, and a new puppet exhibit on display.

Thank you for an amazing summer season! It was a memorable one with with exciting premieres by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre and National Marionette Theatre, as well as returning favorites including Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers and Pumpernickel Puppets.

Special Note: Puppet Showplace Theatre will be CLOSED Sunday, August 29th through Friday, September 2nd to prepare for the upcoming 2011-2012 Season. Order your tickets for Pinocchio online!