The Atlanta weather is cooling off and the holiday spirit is in full swing at the Center for Puppetry Arts! We’re halfway through the run of our annual production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. If you haven’t joined us yet this season, don’t wait—tickets for December’s performances are going quickly! Here’s a look at everything we’ve got going on this month at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
On stage through Dec. 31: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday film that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster) take the stage. You won’t want to miss it! This show is presented in the Mainstage Theater, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop is the King Moonracer™ Rod and String Puppet.
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. Behind-the-scenes tours take place Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm.
Now open in the Special Exhibit Gallery: Indian Puppets: The Great Stories and Dancing Dolls! Indian Puppets celebrate the cultural range of India by exploring the diversity of puppetry techniques and genres across the subcontinent. Learn how puppetry has been used in India for over a millennium as an important storytelling tool, while seeing both traditional and contemporary pieces. This special exhibit is included with Museum admission.
The rest of the month:
12/2: Keep an eye out for us during the 2017 Children's Christmas Parade!
12/4: National Cookie Day! Come show Cookie Monster some love in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum.
12/5: Toddler Tuesday! This month’s theme is “The Spirit of Giving.” This interactive museum program is designed for ages 2-4, and includes special games, dancing and story time!
12/6: The Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special premiered on this day in 1964, and our production of Rudolph is modeled on this very program! Get your tickets for this season’s remaining shows to see this beloved holiday classic come to life on stage.
12/7: LEGO Rudolph is back for the holiday season! Stop by our lobby and snap a picture with him when you visit this month. Built by the LEGO Master Builders at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta, he weighs 176 pounds, took 72 hours to build and is made of 15,540 total LEGO bricks!
12/11: Financial Literacy 101. Financial Literacy 101 is a hands-on, three hour workshop for creative individuals who want to be more budget savvy and learn better financial stewardship for their projects and businesses. This workshop is presented by C4 Atlanta. 6:30-9:30 pm.
12/15: Lunchtime Culture.The Breman Museum, Center for Puppetry Arts, and High Museum of Art are partnering to bring the Midtown community something new. The program pairs two of the institutions for a conversation, performance, or tour experience from a new perspective. Each lunchtime program is FREE and lasts approximately 20 minutes (with time to explore the Museum’s exhibitions after the program). This month's program takes place at the High Museum, talking with puppet builders about how they create art used for performance.
12/17: The Dark Crystal was released on this day in 1982. Come see your favorite puppets from the movie in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum!
12/25: Center closed. Merry Christmas!
12/31: New Year’s Eve is the last chance to see Rudolph for the 2017-2018 season! Don’t miss it.