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