Puppet Theatre Coming to Rector

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Performers with the Bits and Pieces Puppet Theatre will visit Rector Friday, April 19

Persons of all ages will have the chance to enjoy a timeless story brought to life by eye-popping creations when the Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theatre presents its unique rendition of Aesop's Dinosaur Fable Friday, April 19 at the Rector Community Center, at the request of the Clay County Arts Council. The day will feature two performances, the first beginning at 9 a.m., and followed by a 12:30 p.m. show.

The production will feature enormous, brightly colored puppets taking the stage, some standing as tall as nine feet. These truly larger-than-life characters are able to grasp and maintain a young audience's attention like few other performers. Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theatre began in the Tampa Bay, Fla. area in 1972. Originally, the troupe used puppets of a more traditional size. However, after experimenting with larger, full-body puppets, the group found its niche, becoming one of the most popular children's educational theatre programs in the nation.

"We're very excited to have the opportunity to have them here," CCAC president Gail Burns said. "The show is very unique in that it uses these large puppets in a glow-in-the-dark presentation. It's something that really stands out visually."

Bits 'N Pieces works to adapt each of their productions in order to complement the types of studies and curriculum utilized in elementary classrooms across the United States. The group focuses on presenting classic children's stories, providing positive reinforcement through the onstage portrayal of life lessons while appealing to young viewers through the colorful characters and elements of fantasy.

Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theatre tours not only the United States, but also has brought delight to crowds in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan and other areas through international tours, in addition to regular shows at the PuppetWorld Playhouse in Tampa Bay.

The Rector show has been designed to welcome elementary students from the surrounding area schools. Classes have begun sending home permission slips for the April 19 performance. Any class which has not as yet reserved seating may contact Burns at (870) 240-3014 or at gburns@hughes.net. The shows are open to the public.

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