February 16-24 is School Vacation Week. Four different shows will be presented over the course of the week, incorporating a variety of puppetry styles: from shadow and hand puppetry to masks and ventriloquism at the Puppet Showplace in Brookline.
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February Vacation Week Performances
Shows at 1pm & 3pm
February 16 & 17 The Magic Trunk by Sylvia Markson
Sylvia comes to us with her Magic Trunk, a well-traveled box inhabited by a delightful bunch of quick-witted puppets that she magically brings to life through ventriloquism. Her cast includes Chito, a wisecracking opossum, and an outrageous bird that steals the show, a Genie who lives in a bottle, a talking picture, and many more surprises. Back by popular demand! Recommended for ages 4 and up
February 18 & 19 Snow White and Other Tales by Perry Alley Theatre
Snow White and Other Tales offers a selection of traditional stories, each told in their own unique way. The show begins with the “Cat Rap”, a break-dancing cat performed by two puppeteers, followed by The Princess and the Pea, which is accompanied by a guitar-playing actor, Little Red Riding Hood, in the style of Ancient Rome, and finally Snow White, a hilarious version told with object puppetry and a humanette. Recommended for ages 4 and up
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
February 20, 21 & 22 Critters & Creatures by Larry Hunt
Larry Hunt mixes mask, movement and puppetry skills to create an imaginary world that’s very real. Critters and Creatures plays with the similarities between animals and humans, while underscoring respect for all earth’s creatures. From Bermuda to Hong Kong and Australia, Critters and Creatures has gotten rave reviews as part magic, part illusion, and always funny. Recommended for ages 5 and up
Saturday & Sunday
February 23 & 24 Jack and the Beanstalk by Nappy’s Puppets
This wildly funny show, based around Jack and the Beanstalk (the 4 part mini-series), is a roller coaster ride of short stories, vignettes and songs from children’s literature, traditional puppet theater, and the imagination of the puppeteer. The show features hand crafted shadow puppets and is fast paced, action-packed and full of laughs. Recommended for ages 3 and up.
All shows $10pp. Prepaid reservations recommended. 617-731-6400. Visit Web site for more details: www.puppetshowplace.org.