For 33 years, the Catskill Puppet Theater has been creating handmade true-to-life rod puppets, recreating stories, and travelling internationally to share their art. This family team is a true mastermind in the art of both storytelling and capturing the essence of traditional cultures of the past and present.
Nine years ago, I made my first encounter with the Catskill Puppet Theater and was pretty much sold on their Native American-based performance, Hiawatha. I have been a follower since. When Catskill Puppet Theater came to Phily’s Free Library last year, we were sure not to miss it. Last years’ performance, The Lion’s Wiskers, based on a traditional Ethiopian folktale had to be one the most engaging shows for children (and adults) we had ever seen. Without a doubt, other performances such as The Willow Girl based on the Chinese-American experience, and Ivan’s Three Wishes, a Russian folktale, will meet the same expectations.
The Catskills Puppet Theater offers more than entertainment. All performances are layered with life lessons and gems to make the experience a teaching moment. Be ready for a puppet show like no other: musically enchanting, visually stimulating and culturally responsive. Mark your calendar for an experience you won’t want to miss a second time around. The Catskill Puppet Theater will be at Central Library on July 18th at 10:30a.m. at no cost to you! In the meantime, visit their website, think about questions you may want to ask after the performance. They have always been gracious in demystifying how rod puppets work, how they design them, and how they are brought to life.
If you do get a chance to see The Catskill Puppet Theater, we would love to hear about your experience!
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