CCAC Hosting Puppet Theatre

Thursday, April 9, 2015
The show bill for the upcoming CCAC event at the Rector Community Center.(courtesy photo)

Area residents are reminded not to sleep through the Clay County Arts Council's offering of Rip Van Winkle, told in an original musical and giant puppet show.

The national and international touring company Bits N' Pieces Giant Puppet Theatre will present two performances of Rip Van Winkle, at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Rector Community Center.

Clay County Arts Council sponsors the annual event and, based on the large crowds and rave reviews from the two past performances, interest in the performances continue to grow.

Sponsorships from local businesses have allowed the CCAC to underwrite the cost of the show to keep ticket pricing reasonable. The organization also provides study guides and resource material to teachers so they may incorporate appropriate lessons into their classroom plans prior to and following the performance.

Bits N' Pieces Puppet Theatre presents its unique giant puppets in an original musical. In this production, Rip learns he must work hard to make his dreams come true in a story told through song, dance and an original script. Based on Washington Irving's American short story, Rip Van Winkle's daughter, friends, faithful hunting dog and others learn about the value of working toward a dream's fulfillment. Boasting international appeal, their adventures with a peg-leg parrot and Henry Hudson's crew make laughter a big part of this production.

Dancing and singing the story, the large puppets which were created by Holli Rubin, move about the stage blinking their eyes and waving their cloth arms. Rather than the expected small puppets performing on strings or on someone's hands, in this crafty show, "and only the puppeteer's legs and feet are visible under the 40 to 80 pound suit," Rubin notes.

Everyone is welcome to attend the performance as organizers note it is appropriate and entertaining for grandparents, parents and children alike.

Tickets are $5 each through local schools and will be available at the door for the public. Reservations for school groups may be obtained by contacting CCAC president Gail Burns at 870-240-3014.

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