April showers bring May flowers, and we’ve definitely got a lot blooming this month! Our 2016-17 season is wrapping up in May, and we’re closing it out on a high note! Check out everything we have planned this month as we begin prepping for a jam-packed summer.

 

On stage through May 28: Pete the Cat. Based on the book series by James Dean. Adapted by Jon Ludwig and Jason Hines. Directed by Jon Ludwig. This new show is a groovy adventure of one cool, skateboarding, surfing, rocking blue cat and his fine friends. A new show based on the New York Times Best Seller series. This show is presented in our Mainstage Theater, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop will be the Pete the Cat Hand Puppet. Tickets are selling quickly, so make sure you book in advance!

On stage May 11-14: Xperimental Puppetry Theater! What happens when artists of all disciplines join forces to create bold, original puppetry works for adult audiences? XPT! Guaranteed to inspire, surprise, amuse, and provoke. This year, XPT will present four short films, six live performances and one art installation. All are original pieces and were workshopped with the staff at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Check out the list of titles and creators here.


 

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.

Take a walk through our Labyrinth! Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Journey to Goblin City is open through Sept. 3. Don't miss it! Included with regular Museum-only or All-Inclusive admission.

Tale Time Thursday takes place every Thursday at 2 pm in the museum and is included with museum admission. Schedule is as follows:

  • 5/4: The Lizard and the Sun by Alma Flor Ada
  • 5/11: The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forrest by Lynne Cherry
  • 5/18: How Tiger Got His Stripes: A Folktale from Vietnam by Rob Cleveland
  • 5/25: The Sons of the Dragon King by Ed Young

We’re swapping out some items in our Museum galleries this May! A number of new items will be on display in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. In the Global Collection, we will be updating the Eastern European, Middle Eastern and Vietnamese cases, as well as the mid-century TV and Wayland Flowers cases in the Americas section. As for the Jim Henson Collection, we’ll be swapping pieces in the Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, Muppet Show and Dark Crystal sections, among others. Come check out our new displays!


May 1: Happy Mother Goose Day! We’re presenting Mother Goose as part of our Theater for the Very Young programming this summer (Aug. 15-Sept. 17). Tickets are on sale now.


May 3: Volunteer Orientation, 3:30 pm. Want to get involved with the Center for Puppetry Arts? This orientation will give you all the information you need.


May 9: Sam & Friends premiered on this day in 1955. Learn about Jim Henson’s first puppetry TV spot in our museum!

 


May 10: Happy birthday Fred Astaire! You can wish him a happy day in our museum.


May 14: Happy Mother’s Day!


May 18: It’s International Museum Day! We’re celebrating by offering FREE guided tours of our museum galleries. Today only, guided tours are free with your $10.50 museum admission. Applies to the 1 pm Worlds of Puppetry tour and the 3 pm Jim Henson Collection tour. Space is limited. Must book in advance. Call the ticket office at 404-873-3391.


May 20: Looking for a date night? We’re screening Being John Malkovich (http://puppet.org/buy-tickets/2016-17/being-john-malkovich/) on Saturday, May 20. As always, movie screenings are FREE for Members (http://puppet.org/contribute/membership/)!

 


 

May 20: Volunteer Orientation, 10 am. Want to get involved with the Center for Puppetry Arts? This orientation will give you all the information you need.


May 22: Explore Puppetry Series workshop: A Day in the Life of Puppet Film. Explore the use puppetry in a film/video production! This workshop is a  crash course in using techniques that the pros use like green screen, camera  and equipment, crew breakdown and budget.