Thursday, July 29, 2010

Rumpelstiltskin! at the Center for Pupperty Arts

“My daughter can spin straw into gold!” brags Kate’s father. Desperate to make good on her father’s boast, Kate turns to a mysterious little man who helps her using his magical skills - but for a terrible price. Can Kate outsmart the curious stranger? What could be the answer to this puzzle?

You guessed it! This summer the Center for Puppetry Arts is spinning the tale of that infamous riddle-maker Rumpelstiltskin into a rollicking musical that will delight kids and adults alike. This classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale is brought to life onstage with beautifully hand-crafted marionettes in an original adaptation for the puppet stage by Bobby Box and Michael Haverty.

Rumpelstiltskin is also directed by Haverty, who commented, “In this season’s performance, many of the characters have been transformed into roles of the traditional Commedia dell’arte, a classic form of theater which originated in Italy and is known for its use of masked performers and physical comedy. Among the many characters, we have Edgar, a bumbling and boastful captain of the guard, as well as Harlequino, the Miller’s servant who is a classic Italian clown full of acrobatic energy and passion…for eating and sleeping!
Rumpelstiltskin is the consummate trickster.” The show is performed by Reay Kaplan and Dolph Amick; “two fantastic puppeteers and comedians” says Haverty, who are part of the Center’s own very talented company of puppeteers.

Rumpelstiltskin will run from August 6 – September 12, 2010 at the following times:

· Fri: 10am & 11:30pm
· Sat: 11am, 1pm, & 3pm
· Sun: 1pm & 3pm


Tickets for patrons two and older are $16.00 ($14.82 + tax) and include admission to the performance, Create-A-Puppet Workshop (or a Create-A-Puppet To-Go Kit), and all museum exhibits. Membership and group rates are available.



Don’t let your puppet experience end with the show! A recommended day at the Center includes an original performance, a visit to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop, and a self-guided tour of the Museum and special exhibits. Children can make their own “Rumpelstiltskin Rod-and-String Puppet” in the Create-A-Puppet Workshop. For workshop schedule, please visit
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