Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Tortoise, The Hare, and Other Aesop's Fables - Center for Puppetry Arts!

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This summer, Center for Puppetry Arts presents a very special production for Atlanta’s younger audience members and their parents. Five timeless tales of fun and friendship hit the stage in a fresh and invigorating new format specifically developed to engage and educate children ages two through six.

This ‘Theater for the Very Young’ production takes audiences on a playful carnival ride with a bandwagon of animal friends that will have little ones bouncing, clapping, and singing along.  The show features some of Aesop’s most famous fables including the Lion and the Mouse, the Country Mouse and City Mouse, the Fox and the Crane, the Ant and the Grasshopper, and the Tortoise and the Hare.

Directed and adapted for the stage by Michael Haverty, the world premiere of The Tortoise, The Hare, and Other Aesop’s Fables features puppets designed by Jason von Hinezmeyer, the Center’s Resident Puppet Designer and Builder. Designed to appeal to the unique developmental process of preschoolers, the production employs lively music composed by Dolph Amick, bright colors, and minimal dialogue. The visually playful performance is brought to life using puppetry and circus skills by performers Allison Murphy and Amy Strickland.

The Tortoise, The Hare, and Other Aesop’s Fables is presented in the Downstairs Theater, August 2 - September 9. Show times are as follows: 
  • Thursday - Friday, 10AM - 11:30AM
  • Saturday - 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM
  • Sunday 1PM, 3PM
Tickets include museum admission as well as the Create-A-Puppet Workshop, where kids can make their own Marvelous Mouse Rod Puppet.


 The Center for Puppetry Arts is supported in part by: Fulton County Arts Council • Aetna Foundation •The Zeist Foundation • City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs • Georgia Council for the Arts • National Endowment for the Arts • WSB-TV Family 2 Family Project • AT&T The Real Yellow Pages • Regency Suites Hotel • For a complete list of the Center’s major supporters, please

Center for Puppetry Arts® is a unique cultural treasure – a magical place where children and adults are educated, enlightened, and entertained. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched the lives of many through enchanting performances, curriculum-based workshops, and the hands-on Museum as well as Distance Learning and Outreach programs. Center for Puppetry Arts is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and is supported in part by contributions from corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council. These programs are supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Major support is provided by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. The Center is a Member of Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the American theatre.  The Center also serves as headquarters of UNIMA-USA, the American branch of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the international puppetry organization. Ticker

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