Halloween has come and gone, and the winter holidays are on their way in! This month, we celebrate the return of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and welcome a brand-new special exhibit about Indian puppetry, with a bunch of special activities to celebrate both. Check out everything that’s on the calendar for this month and plan to join us!
On stage through Nov. 5: Three Little Pigs and More. Fantastic folk tales from around the world come to life with a menagerie of zany characters and a variety of puppetry styles! Featuring The Frog Prince from Germany, Three Billy Goats Gruff from Scandinavia, and The Three Little Pigs from England. Hailed by the Atlanta Journal Constitution for a “quick-draw wit…as colorful as his puppets,” solo performer Drew Allison returns to the Center’s stage with this perennial favorite. This show is presented in the Downstairs Theater, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop is the Giddy Goat Hand Puppet.
On stage beginning Nov. 7: 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 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.
On display in the Special Exhibit Gallery beginning Nov. 14: 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.
11/2: It’s Cookie Monster’s Birthday! Come wish him a happy birthday in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum.
11/2-11/4: The Explore Puppetry Series presents: Snip Stitch Floor Focus: The Fur Chapter! Learn how to make television/film quality puppets out of fur and how to perform them in front of a camera! BJ Guyer and Thom Stanley of Bob’s Your Uncle Productions will teach you the processes and techniques that professionals use in the film and television industry. This intensive course will take place over three days.
11/7: Rudolph is now open in the Mainstage Theater!
11/7: Toddler Tuesday: Museum Takeover occurs the first Tuesday of every month. This month’s theme: Autumn Colors! We’ll have interactive museum activities, dancing, story time and more. Capacity is limited so book early!
11/11: Holiday Treats with Yukon Cornelius and Chef Kevin Gillespie. Famed Atlanta chef (and former Top Chef contestant) Kevin Gillespie will be at the Center dressed as his doppelgänger Yukon Cornelius. Patrons are invited to join Chef Gillespie and Yukon Cornelius for a holiday photo opportunity. Stick around to sample some of Chef Gillespie’s Warm Embrace Hot Cocoa and some festive holiday treats, and purchase a can of the hot chocolate mix to take home as a holiday gift. This event is FREE with your paid admission! 10:30 am-12:30 pm.
11/11: Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas. Due to popular demand, we scheduled an additional screening of this beloved holiday film! 7 pm.
11/11-12: India Member Preview Weekend! All Center Members get a special preview of the new India exhibit all weekend before it opens to the public.
11/14: The wait is over! Indian Puppets: The Great Stories and Dancing Dolls is now open through July 2018.
11/17: Lunchtime Culture. This month’s program: Lunchtime laugh with a little Jewish humor—and surrounded by the Muppets. Admission is FREE, with time to explore the exhibits after the lecture. This program is in collaboration with the High Museum and the Bremen Museum. 12-1 pm at the Center for Puppetry Arts. (http://puppet.org/buy-tickets/2017-18/lunchtime-culture/) https://facebook.com/events/480702212315801/
11/18: Join us for the 11 am or 1 pm performances of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and build your own Holiday MiniFig with LEGOLAND Atlanta! FREE with paid admission. 10 am-1 pm
11/18-19: Indian Puppets Opening Weekend Celebration. To kick things off during the new India exhibit’s opening weekend, Museum hours will be extended until 7 pm. Also during opening weekend, the Center will host a special performance of Kalyana Sougandhikam by Natana Kairali of Kerala, India at 5:30 pm both Saturday and Sunday. The story is from the Ramayana, performed with traditional Indian glove puppetry.
11/21: Happy World Television Day! Visit the Worlds of Puppetry Museum to learn about Jim Henson's career in television.
11/23: Center closed. Happy Thanksgiving!!
11/25: When you attend Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on Saturday, Nov. 25, you'll get an exclusive photo opportunity after the show. Sit on our special set and a puppet from the show will join you for a truly unique holiday photo you'll love to share.
11/30: He’s back! LEGO Rudolph returns to the Center on Nov. 30. He’ll be in display in our lobby, so make sure to stop and take a photo with him!