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Storytelling with Puppets

"Nursery Rhyme Thyme"
a mock "cooking" show presided by our (very nimble) "chef" (Jack B. Nimble), adding lots of comedic "ingredients" to his "Fairy Tale Flambeau!"  With the upstaging [puppet] denizens : Hickory Dickory, Hey Diddle-Diddle, Red Riding Hood, and Mother Gooseherself (to name a few!)

"Director Bob Directs a Film!" 
with total assistance from his "crew" 
that our comic-actor must "enlist" from the
audience. Includes tons of hats, and the children
themselves get to "create" the scenes. 
A true (and most fun) creative treat for them, and a giant "laff-fest" for all !!
(No real video or camera equipment is utilized)

"The Mayflower Story"
is an actual history lesson cleverly disguised as a fun boat ride, with puppet cameos, and even coloring at the end, all told by a live pilgrim!

"The Snow White Scandals"
as retold by the lovely lass herself, complete with special props, audience participation, and a happy ending for all.
Including her favorite forest friend: a timid squirrel!! 

"Gepetto's Story"
where our aging puppetmaster retells
his famous tale of his brave son that used to be a puppet
(our puppet star for this story: Pinocchio).
Based upon the original Carlos Collodi tale.

"Captain Hook's Book"
The wonderfully wicked Hook returns to tell his side of
the story, and how those awful Darling children ruined him. Featuring an audible Tinkerbell, audience-supplied sound effects, and a baby croc with a few things to say.

"If the Shoe Fits"
Cinderella herself tells her story of fame, fortune, and footwear, assisted by one of her former mouse valets.
(also available: the King's version, telling of his new daughter-in-law; your own daughter becomes Cinderella!)

"Mother Goose On The Loose"
Our lovely (but forgetful) lady retells her favorite rhymes with the great assistance of the tot audience.
Includes "Hickory Dickory", "Hey Diddle Diddle" and more!

"Star Spangled Banter"
as historically (and hysterically) relayed by our Storyteller "Indie Pendants". Celebrate the Fourth in true Porta-Puppet style, and meet such big-time (puppet) luminaries as:  Betsy Ross, The Statue of Liberty, Liberty Belle, Uncle Sam, and more !!

"My Visit with the Bears"
features Goldilocks herself telling her side of the day when she met the dreaded trio, complete with a surprise meet 'n' greet with the Baby Bear at the end.

"Tea Party with the Mad Hatter"
Low-comedy at high-tea! 
Our inane character pleas for "correct" ways to
act at a tea party, since he had never been to a "real" one before (just the ones in Wonderland!) Includes our puppet stars Humpty-Dumpty, The Walrus, & the ever-tardy White Rabbit!

"Fairy Godmother Grab-Bag"
a lovely cornucopia of comedy, magic, puppets, games, & "wisdom," as presided by the grand ol' gal of fairy-godmother-dom, "Merrily Pop!"   A perfect excuse for "dress-up" ...and totally suited for little boys, too!  [Also available in Christmas, Easter, & Halloween themed shows.] 

"The Pet Doctor's Dilemma"
tailor-made for the true Animal-Lovers an aging veterinarian tries to treat a dozen or more animal (puppets), ranging from Rooster to Rhino.... with the giant aid of the folks "in the waiting room" !

"Dr. Seuss on the Loose"
A wonderfully old-fashoined storytelling experience featuring the tales right from the Doctor's very own books

"Mary Poppins Pop-In "
Based on the classic book by P.L. Travers, the world's favorite nanny will pop-in for a jolly holiday, sing songs, bring treats (coloring pages & activities) and play games, all sorts. Children of all ages will love spending time with Mary Poppins, who also serves as a happy, snappy assistant to the host!

"The Alice Adventure"
Hear (& see) her re-enacting having “falling thru the Rabbit Hole!” as select audience members get to “be”: the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, and the Card Soldier[s]…all .to the [puppet] upstagers : a Singing Rose; the (forever tardy) White Rabbit; the Cheshire Cat (who entices a standing on-one’s head contest….as well as a “Smiling” Contest); and Alice’s Persian cat, Dinah. A not-to-miss interactive joy, as performed by the young beauty herself!!

Artist

Porta-Puppet Players

Cost

Single: $215 | Double: $330

Technical Needs

This program requires two long tables flush against a wall.

Study Guide

No study guide is currently available online for this performance offering

About Porta-Puppet Players

In the fall of 1988,   "Uncle" Wayne Daigrepont was asked to help repaint and refurbish the exhibits in Storyland in City Park.  It is here the Storyland  manager  hired him as park manager, which included creating and performing puppet shows at the (then-called) “Puppet Castle.”   Storyland  greatly  enhanced "Uncle" Wayne to develop his skills as a performer, program developer, and producer of original puppet shows.  (The moniker, “Uncle Wayne,” had long been established, with college friends, from the early 70s!)

In 1990, the Esplanade Mall (based on his successes in City Park) asked if he "could do a puppet show!?"  Seeing the opportunity, Wayne promptly goes “independent,” building a portable puppetorium and debuts the very first “Porta-Puppet Players” ‘  “original puppet musical-comedy,”  “Louisiana Red Riding Hood!”  The show abounded with local humor, paying homage to the great style of  "Kukla, Fran, and Ollie," (with the “human” character performing outside the puppetorium.) 
 

After a decade,  Daigrepont hit upon the idea of reworking his shows into a sleeker, more intimate (& more affordable) format : “Storytelling with Puppets.” The concept proves to be very popular :   the human, costumed character roaming through the audience, and the puppets are neatly veiled on a table (positioned behind the performer.)

Click Here to Learn More About Porta-Puppet Players

 
Audience for this Offering

Grade Level/s

PreK
Kindergarten
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade

Curriculum/s

Language and Arts
Social Studies

Art Genre/s

Poetry and Storytelling
Theate

Format/s

Performance

 
   
 
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