Giant Puppet Show Coming to Rector

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theatre's musical production of Hans Christian Andersen's Thimbelina comes to Rector Community Center on April 18 and 19, with performances at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Returning to Rector for the enjoyment of area school children and the community, the original production features Thimbelina and Bits 'N Pieces' unique nine-foot-tall puppets. The show lasts approximately one hour and is appropriate for children through sixth grade.

Princess Thimbelina shows happiness is within anyone's grasp if faith is alive in the heart. As the story unwinds, Hans Christian Andersen asks the audience to imagine the littlest flower just ready to bloom. Bug, before the bud can open a Garden Witch changes the flower into a tiny princess. The flower blossoms into a girl, no bigger than the thumb. She sits atop a thimble and the Garden Witch pronounces her "Thumbelina!" "No," says the pixie child, "I'm Thimbelina!"

Thimbelina wonders how she can find happiness. A huge Bull Frog tries to help, and so does Cupid, who gives her a heart and explains about love. A Bluebird flies into Thimbelina's garden and warns her about the coming winter. His offer to fly her to a warm climate is too late, though, for suddenly the Snow Queen spreads her blanket of ice across the garden. The story flows through plot complications with music and plenty of action.

Unlike traditional small puppet productions, Thimbelina is an original fully-staged performance in the American Musical Theatre style. Tiny Thimbelina performs with a cast of giant body puppets, costumed characters, traditional puppets and a life-sized Bunraku (Japanese) style puppet portraying Hans Christian Andersen himself.

General admission tickets are $5 and can be obtained through local schools or at the door. Clay County Arts Council at 870-240-3014 can provide elementary schools with reservations or information.

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