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Things to Do in January 2017 at the Center for Puppetry Arts

December 28, 2016 11:20

Happy New Year! We’ve got some exciting things planned for 2017, and we can’t wait to have you join us. Here’s a look at what’s coming up this January:

On stage Jan. 3-22 (no shows Jan. 10 or Jan. 17): The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf. You think you know the story of the Three Little Pigs, but it’s time you hear it from the wolf’s perspective. He wasn’t trying to hurt the pigs; he just needed to borrow a cup of sugar and he had a cold! See his story presented by Mesner Puppet Theater on our Downstairs Stage, and then decide who you believe. The show features rod, shadow and mask puppetry, and you’ll make an A. Wolf Hand Puppet in the Create-A-Puppet Workshop.

True Story of the Three Little Pigs

On stage beginning Jan. 24 (reduced-price previews Jan. 24 & 25): The Adventures of Mighty Bug. Scorpiana is on the loose and threatening the insect citizens of Bugville! Is our hero Mighty Bug up to the challenge? This action-packed, science-filled adventure takes you on a comic book-style adventure as Mighty Bug saves the day. This show features shadow, body and black light puppetry, and you’ll make a Lightning Bug Rod and String Puppet in the Create-A-Puppet Workshop.

The Adventures of Mighty Bug


In the Worlds of Puppetry Museum all month: Guided tours of the museum take place Tuesday-Friday at 1 pm, Saturday at 11 am. Guided tours of the Jim Henson Collection take place Tuesday-Friday at 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm.

Tale Time Thursday takes place every Thursday at 2 pm in the museum and is included with museum admission. January's readings are as follows:

  • 1/5: The Sea King's Daughter: A Russian Legend by Aaron Shepard
  • 1/12: Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
  • 1/19: Tree of Life by Barbara Bash
  • 1/26: Clatter Bash by Richard Keep

Jan. 5: Happy National Bird Day! Come take a selfie with one of our favorite birds, Big Bird.

Big Bird


Jan. 9: Puppetry 101: A Performance Primer. Puppets have been used to tell stories since theatre began, and can be found everywhere from stage to screen. Puppetry celebrates all aspects of the arts and is a “must-have” skill on every resume! Dig into actor-to-puppeteer transformation exercises, explore the hands-on vocabulary for all puppets, and have a blast in a puppet skills boot camp!


Jan. 11: Volunteer Orientation, 2 pm.


Jan. 20: Want a chance to perform at the Center for Puppetry Arts? Applications for the 2017 Xperimental Puppetry Theater are due Jan. 20! XPT offers artists the opportunity to create original short-form puppetry pieces for adult audiences. Proposed pieces must be under ten minutes, and can be in any of the myriad styles of puppetry: shadows, masks, automata, object theater, toy theater, hand puppets, rod puppets, body puppets, stop-motion and live puppet film, marionettes, etc. We also accept puppetry themed installation art for display in the bar area during the production. Application information here.


Jan. 21: Fulton County Free Museum Saturday. Fulton County residents, students and government employees receive free admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum on Fulton County Free Museum Saturday, or 25% off an all-inclusive ticket. Valid for walk-up purchases only. Must show valid ID. Download and complete the sheet here and bring it with you on Free Museum Saturday.

Worlds of Puppetry Museum


Jan. 22: Volunteer Orientation, 2 pm.


Jan. 28: It's Ernie's birthday! Happy birthday, Ernie!

Happy birthday, Ernie!


Jan. 28 & 29: Don’t miss our science and art activities during the opening weekend of The Adventures of Mighty Bug! First up, enjoy a visit from the UGA Entomology Insect Zoo. The Insect Zoo is a hands-on program to educate about insects through terrariums and other displays. See Mighty Bug on stage, then see some mighty insects up close. The fun continues opening weekend when Savannah College of Art and Design’s SERVE volunteer organization comes to the Center to bring out the art of Mighty Bug. These artists will be filling the Center’s sidewalks with a comic book-style, sequential art piece, so you can check out some local art after seeing The Adventures of Mighty Bug!

UGA Insect Zoo

Center for Puppetry Arts Holiday Gift Guide

December 5, 2016 11:47

The holidays will be here right before you know it, and if you’re stuck on gift ideas, have no fear—the Center for Puppetry Arts Museum Store has a wide selection of unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else. From puppet-making kits to limited-edition and collectible items to home goods, we have a gift for everyone on your list. Here’s your 2016 Center for Puppetry Arts holiday gift guide:

From Funko Pops to rare marionettes, here's what to get for the collector.


Inspire the love of puppetry early with these gifts for newborns.


Gift shopping doesn't have to break the bank. Here are a few things you can get for under $15.


After visiting the Center, create your own puppet show at home. Here's everything to get for the aspiring puppeteer in your life.


Book lovers will want to fill out their shelves with these fun items.


You may want to keep these home goods for yourself.


For the ultimate puppetry fan, consider a Gift Membership or Featured Creature.


Happy Holidays from the Center for Puppetry Arts!

Center for Puppetry Arts Gift Guide 2016: Gift Memberships and Featured Creatures

December 5, 2016 11:15

Give the gift of puppetry all year long with a Gift Membership to the Center for Puppetry Arts! We offer programming for just about everyone on your holiday list – from families with toddlers, grade-school children, and teens; to adults seeking a fun date night out; to aspiring artists seeking inspiration and professional development!

Check out our other 2016 gift guides here.

Gift Memberships include:

  • Free admission to our Worlds of Puppetry Museum (including our Labyrinth: Journey to the Goblin City exhibit through fall 2017!)
  • Up to 50% discount on Family Series performances, with priority seating
  • Up to 33% discount on New Directions Series for Adults and Teens performances and Explore Puppetry Series workshops
  • Free admission to film screenings
  • Members Only birthday party opportunities
  • 10% Museum Store discount
  • Waived online ticket handling fees
  • and much more!

Purchase a Gift Membership online, or call the Membership Office at 404.881.5151 or the Ticket Sales Office at 404.873.3391.


Maybe instead of a Gift Membership, you’d like to honor a special someone in a meaningful way. Our “Featured Creatures” are personalized puppet nameplates – installed on the Center’s wall! Each nameplate will be digitally printed with an image of a puppet from the Global Collection or the Jim Henson Collection, along with your inscription or dedication. Choose your favorite puppet from a selection of the Center’s collection items!

Your Featured Creature puppet nameplate will serve as a lasting reminder of your connection to the Center for Puppetry Arts. A nameplate dedication is also a meaningful way to honor the memory of a friend or family member. If you wish, a notification of your gift and nameplate dedication can be sent to the honoree or their family.

Your donation of $250 (for a 4x4-inch nameplate) or $1,000 (for a 9x9-inch nameplate) is fully tax-deductible and will support the Center’s Worlds of Puppetry Museum.

Center for Puppetry Arts Gift Guide 2016: What to Get for the Home

December 5, 2016 11:05

The holidays will be here right before you know it, and if you’re stuck on gift ideas, have no fear—the Center for Puppetry Arts Museum Store has a wide selection of unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else. These items will add some fun to the home.

Check out the other 2016 gift guides here.

WHAT TO GET FOR THE HOME

Make chores fun with these dust mitts and dishwashing gloves from Fred. $12.95-$15.95.

Fred mitts and gloves

These Fred dinosaur chopsticks make it OK to play with your food. $7.50.

Dinosaur chopsticks

Stay hydrated and caffeinated with our selection of Star Wars and Sesame Street cups. From bamboo tumblers to oversized mugs to water bottles, we’ve got your drinkware covered. Prices vary.

Star Wars tumblers Sesame Street mugs

Center for Puppetry Arts Gift Guide 2016: What to Get for the Book Lover

December 5, 2016 10:42

The holidays will be here right before you know it, and if you’re stuck on gift ideas, have no fear—the Center for Puppetry Arts Museum Store has a wide selection of unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else. Here's what to get for the bibliophiles in your life.

Check out the other 2016 gift guides here.

WHAT TO GET FOR THE BOOK LOVER

Books! We’ve got a number of books in the store, including The Muppets Character Encyclopedia, Jim Henson: The Biography and Tales of a Sixth Grade Puppet. Prices vary. And you can keep your books in order with these alien, zombie or ape attack bookends. $26.95.

Books and bookends

Bring your favorite authors to life with Kyle Hilton’s Literary Paper Dolls. $12.95.

Literary Paper Dolls

Find some room on the shelf for these William Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe and Sigmund Freud figurines. $14.95 each.

Author figurines

Center for Puppetry Arts Gift Guide 2016: What to Get for an Aspiring Puppeteer

December 5, 2016 10:12

The holidays will be here right before you know it, and if you’re stuck on gift ideas, have no fear—the Center for Puppetry Arts Museum Store has a wide selection of unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else. If you or your kids want to try your hand at puppetry after a visit to the Center, we have a gifts for create your own puppet show at home.

Check out the other 2016 gift guides here.

WHAT TO GET FOR AN ASPIRING PUPPETEER

Puppets. From your favorite animals to some familiar characters (Muppets, Fraggle Rock, Lambchop, Cat in the Hat), we’ve got hand and finger puppets of all sizes to practice at home. Prices vary.

Hand puppets

Create-a-Puppet Kits. Love the Create-a-Puppet Workshop? Keep practicing at home with these Center for Puppetry Arts puppet-making kits. $6.00.

Create-a-Puppet kits

Thinking Kits Creative Hands Animal Paper Bag Puppets. Make your own animal bag puppets with this kit. $14.95.

Animal Paper Bag puppets

eeboo Play Masks. Each set comes with seven themed cardboard masks to practice with at home. $14.99.

eeboo Play Masks

Kikkerland Shadow Puppet Theater Set. Bring the magic of shadow puppetry to life with this fold-out set and mix-and-match puppet pieces. Supply your own light and you’re ready to perform! $17.50.

Shadow Puppet Theater Set

The Melissa & Doug Tabletop Puppet Theater even has a velvet curtain to complete you home theater. $55.95. Or you can take your puppet show on the road with the Kidoozie Pirate Den Play House or Pop-Up Theater Tent; each includes a carrying case for convenient transport. $32.95.

Tabletop puppet theater

Center for Puppetry Arts Gift Guide 2016: What to Get for Under $15

December 5, 2016 10:05

The holidays will be here right before you know it, and if you’re stuck on gift ideas, have no fear—the Center for Puppetry Arts Museum Store has a wide selection of unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else. We have plenty of items for shoppers on a budget, as well. Here's a sample of what you get for less than $15.

Check out the other 2016 gift guides here.

WHAT TO GET FOR UNDER $15

The image on this Mr. Rogers Sweater-Changing Mug changes to a cardigan when it meets hot liquid. $14.95.

Mr. Rogers mug

Learn about shadow puppetry with your morning coffee with the How-To Shadow Puppet Mug. $13.95.

Shadow Puppetry mug

See them in the museum, then grab the DVDs to watch your favorite characters at home. $10.95-$14.95.

DVDs

Create a claymation-like show with these Bendable Poseable Figurines: Gumby, Pokey, Homer Simpson, Wonder Woman and The Flash. $8.95.

Figurines

Center for Puppetry Arts Gift Guide 2016: What to Get for a New Parent

December 5, 2016 09:57

The holidays will be here right before you know it, and if you’re stuck on gift ideas, have no fear—the Center for Puppetry Arts Museum Store has a wide selection of unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else. Here are some fun items for newborns so they can learn to love puppetry early (we also have a number of items for toddlers).

Check out the other 2016 gift guides here.

WHAT TO GET FOR A NEW PARENT

These super-soft Kaloo Hand Puppets make play time (and nap time) cozy. Various colors and animals. $26.95.

Kaloo Hand Puppets

Soapsox Bath Scrubs and Sea Life Bath Buddies are fun AND functional. Various animal designs. $5.99-$14.99.

Bath scrubs

Bring storytime to life with these adorable Finger Puppet Books. Various animals. $6.99.

Finger Puppet Books

Center for Puppetry Arts Gift Guide 2016: What to Get for the Collector

December 5, 2016 09:50

The holidays will be here right before you know it, and if you’re stuck on gift ideas, have no fear—the Center for Puppetry Arts Museum Store has a wide selection of unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else. Here's a roundup of some of the rare, collectible and limited-edition items for sale in our shop.

Check out the other 2016 gift guides here.

WHAT TO GET FOR THE COLLECTOR

The Muppets Collectible Action Figures. Various characters. $29.95.

Muppet Action Figures

Limited Edition Alistair Cookie plush figure by Applause. $89.95.

Alistair Cookie

Dark Crystal collectible resin mini-busts: UrsKeks and SkekUng available. $150 each.

UrsKeks

SkekUng

Muppet figurines designed by Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto. Miss Piggy and Kermit available. $56.95 each.

Romero Britto Muppet figurines

Walt Disney Showcase Collection Minnie Marionette Ornament. $31.95.

Minnie Marionette

Rare Burmese marionettes. Various styles available. $59.95.

Burmese marionettes

Labyrinth Worm Slippers. $54.95. (See these in action here.)

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Don’t leave without completing your Funko Pop collection. We have Pops from Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, Star Wars, Sesame Street and Nightmare Before Christmas. $11.95-$19.95.

Labyrinth Funko pops

Sesame Street Funko pops

Things To Do in December 2016 at the Center for Puppetry Arts

November 30, 2016 11:39

The holiday season is in full swing, and we are feeling festive! Here’s everything you can enjoy at the Center for Puppetry Arts this month:

On stage all month: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. This show is based on the 1964 television special, and has become an Atlanta holiday tradition. Tickets are selling quickly for the December performances, so don’t wait! Note: No shows on Dec. 25.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


In the Worlds of Puppetry Museum all month: Guided tours of the museum take place Tuesday-Friday at 1 pm, Saturday at 11 am. Guided tours of the Jim Henson Collection take place Tuesday-Friday at 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm.

Tale Time Thursday takes place every Thursday at 2 pm in the museum and is included with museum admission. On the schedule this month:

  • 12/1: Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas by Russell Hoban
  • 12/8: The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie dePaola
  • 12/15: A Christmas Tree in the White House by Gary Hines
  • 12/22: The Story of Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington

New in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum: We’ve just finished rotating items in both the Global and Jim Henson collections. Forty items have debuted in the Global Collection, including new puppets from India, Mali, Egypt, Turkey and Iran. In the Jim Henson Collection, we have 20 new pieces on display, including the Fazoobs from The Muppet Show, and new pieces from Fraggle Rock, Dog City and The Song of Cloud Forest. Finally, in the Atrium, you cannot miss our newest acquisition: Topthorn, from the National Theatre’s production of War Horse.

The Fazoobs


12/3: “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” We’re so excited to walk in this year’s Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade! Our float will be easy to recognize—it looks just like our museum! Keep an eye out for some of your favorite puppets from our past shows. If you can’t be there in person, the parade will air live on WSB-TV Channel 2!


12/3: Are you interested in getting involved with the Center for Puppetry Arts? Volunteer Orientation takes place 3-4 pm on Dec. 3. Volunteer perks include free museum admission, complimentary show tickets, and the chance to make new friends and support an active arts organization.


12/3: We’ll be screening Muppet Treasure Island on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 pm. The museum will be open one hour before the movie, where you can see the movie’s Miss Piggy, Polly Lobster, Clueless Morgan and Mad Monty puppets. $10 nonmembers, FREE for Members.

Muppet Treasure Island


12/4: “C is for Cookie.” Dec. 4 is National Cookie Day! Come say hi to your favorite cookie fiend, Cookie Monster, in the museum today.

Cookie Monster


12/12: Audrey Gámez from C4 Atlanta will join us on Dec. 12 to present Fundraising 101, a three-hour workshop that teaches how to raise funds in support of the arts. The session will cover crowd funding, individual donations, grants, corporate donations and sponsorships, and much more.

Fundraising 101


12/25-26: Center for Puppetry Arts closed. Happy Holidays!


12/31: Last chance for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! The show’s final performances will be on New Year’s Eve.