Bits N' Pieces Puppet Theatre Returns to Rector

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Clay County Arts Council has announced the Bits N' Pieces Puppet Theatre will return to Rector later this month for two big shows at the community center. The national and international touring company will be making its third visit to Clay County, after drawing large crowds in both 2013 and 2014.

"The puppet show will be staged at 9 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 20," noted CCAC president Gail Burns. "Currently we are lining up commercial sponsors to allow us to offer tickets to all area students."

The Bits N' Pieces Puppet Theatre has developed a strong local following, and in years past has presented "Aesop's Dinosaur Fable" and "Three Billy Goats Gruff." This year the production will be the classic story of "Rip Van Winkle," the unique American short story by Washington Irving.

"The puppets in the show are nine feet tall. They sing and dance and even bowl with the mountain boys," Burns noted. "Children and adults will really enjoy the characters, such as Wolfie, the faithful hunting dog, a pirate, a soldier and Captain Henry Hudson and his crew."

The theatre group is unique, as they tell the story through multiple art forms, including puppetry, visual arts, vocal music and vivid costumes.

Currently reservations are being made for area students in Pre-K through sixth grade. Teachers wanting to make a reservation may contact Burns at 870 522-3377. The public is also invited, and tickets will be available at the door for both performances. The ticket price is $5 per person. The show is presented by the Clay County Arts Council, with financial support from several local sponsors.

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