Giant Puppets Return to Rector
A sell-out crowd is expected on Monday, April 20, at the Rector Community Center as the Clay County Arts Council presents the Bits 'N Pieces Giant Puppet Theatre. The show will be staged at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. as the troupe makes its third visit to the local venue.
This year's traveling performance is based on the classic American short story Rip Van Winkle, set in the Catskill Mountains. Washington Irving's tale is retold with special lighting, original lyrics, music and dance with a cast of nine-foot-tall giant body puppets.
Organizers note the crowd will delight, as Sleepy Rip Van Winkle is joined on stage by his daughter Sarah, his huntin' dog Wolfie, Dame Van Winkle, a Pirate and his Pegleg Parrot, Soldier Boy Harry and Captain Henry Hudson and his crew.
The show is presented by the CCAC, and with the help of local sponsors, the admission fee is once again just $5. Helping defray the cost are corporate sponsors Centennial Bank, First National Bank, Glen Sain Motors, Graves Gin, Piggott State Bank and Rector Downtown Drug. Their generous contributions to Clay County Arts Council have proved to be a great help in defraying the cost of the production.
According to CCAC president Gail Burns, students from area elementary schools have already made their reservations, but tickets for the general public will be available at the door for both performances. Burns noted she is excited for the council to once again offer such a remarkable performance, which promises to surpass even those of the past two years.
Those wanting additional information may call 870 324-3014.