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Fairy Tales
Fairy Tales is back by popular demand! Nori Sawa delivers fresh takes on fairy tale classics: What really happened between Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf? Did the Three Little Pigs ever rebuild? A master physical comedian as well as a spellbinding puppeteer, Sawa presents unique, sometimes twisted versions of traditional tales as well as enchanting stories of his own based on elements of the natural world. "Eerily beautiful, intriguing, and extraordinarily well-performed . .... Continue Reading >>
Under the Sea . . .
The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer is set in a bleak future; the seas have risen, billions have died, and humans live on farms atop skyscrapers and mountains. Enter the unassuming and reluctant explorer, Alvin Sputnik! Photo by Michelle Robin Anderson In the wake of losing his wife, Alvin lives up to his name* by volunteering for a perilous quest to the depths of the sea. What follows is a charming journey in which the audience accompanies Alvin on his adventure to save... Continue Reading >>
Fiercely Imaginative Children’s Literature
You might not recognize the names Jon Scieszka and Timothy Basil Ering, but there’s a good chance you’re familiar with their award-winning children's books. Jon Scieszka is perhaps best known for his book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales—a sidesplitting, self-aware spoof that introduced a generation to postmodern storytelling. His latest book, Battle Bunny, is similarly tongue-in-cheek and off-the-wall. It is presented as a banal, predictable... Continue Reading >>
It's a hat . . . It's a snail . . . It's Animales!
Animales is a dynamic, wordless show that captivates children. To the delight of young audience members, master puppeteer Pablo Vergne playfully guides everyday objects into surprising shapes on stage. Even adults in the audience will experience child-like wonder as objects such as hats and foam tubes charmingly transform into animals, letters, and more. Photo by Eva Soriano No need to worry if younger children cannot stay quiet for the duration of the show. Their shouts of... Continue Reading >>

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