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Aesop's Fables

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Aesop's Fables
Photos by Rod Reilly

Adapted and directed by Michael Haverty
2012-13 Family Series

Aug 2 - Sept 9, 2012
Previews: July 31 & Aug 1 - 10am & 11:30am
Downstairs Theater
Recommended for ages 2+

•Thur-Fri: 10am & 11:30am
•Sat: 11am, 1pm, & 3pm
•Sun: 1pm & 3pm

Engaging audiences aged 2 years and older, this Theater for the Very Young production features fun interaction for kids and adults alike. Children will be bouncing, clapping, and singing along when the carnival comes to town and presents five stories from Aesop’s timeless fables.

The Lion and the Mouse
The Country Mouse and City Mouse
The Fox and the Crane
The Ant and the Grasshopper
The Tortoise and the Hare

Puppetry Style:
Rod, Body

Create-A-Puppet Workshop:
Make your own Marvelous Mouse Rod Puppet!

Educator's Information
Download the Study Guide

Parent Blogger Reviews
• "We danced, we sang & we had a blast at Center for Puppetry Arts' new show Aesop's Fables!" The Adventures of Ellie and Edmond

• "Five of Aesop’s timeless tales in five unique and creative ways!"

• "The interactive nature of the show really kept the children engaged."

• "With bright colors and classic stories, both little ones kept their eyes glued to the stage." Wee Share

• "The Center for Puppetry Arts is an excellent option if you are looking to expose your children to the arts at a young age."

• "This show really caught their attention - a winner!"

• "The show is visually stunning on every level."

Behind the Scenes of
The Tortoise, the Hare,
and other Aesop's Fables

Exploring Theater for the Very Young
By Aretta Baumgartner, Education Director – Center for Puppetry Arts

“Theater for the very young” is a child-centered theatrical experience that invites our youngest audience members to engage in the world around them in new ways.  It trusts that these children need and want to think, explore, question, learn, and expand.  It celebrates the unique developmental process of preschoolers by applying creativity and learning to live performances in age-specific ways.

Center for Puppetry Arts’ Artistic Associate Michael Haverty and Artistic Director Jon Ludwig are very excited by this production’s focus on “theater for the very young.” “Based on our viewing and investigation of other groups performing for this age group, the key is creating work that doesn't hinge too much on text or complicated plotlines,” stated Haverty. He continued, “Children under the age of 6 respond much stronger to visual and sonic cues, bright colors, physical play, and interaction. The title ’theater for the very young’ is used internationally to denote theater created for this specific age group. The Tortoise, The Hare, and other Aesop's Fables has been geared toward this age group, with very limited dialogue, visible performers, live music, bright colors, a constant ingenuity of style and mechanism, and as much interaction as we can create.”

The experience extends into the Center’s Create-A-Puppet Workshops, where puppet designs will be one that even the littlest hands can successfully build.  Instruction sheets and the classroom activity will also take into account the developmental stages of the very young puppet builders.

About the Puppeteers

Allison Murphy is so excited to be a part of Aesop's Fables! This is her ninth show at the Center; you may also have seen her as Wendy in Peter Pan, Starshine in SPACE!, Rudolph in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, or Beauty in Beauty & the Beast. Allison has performed with Theatre in the Square, Stage Door Players, and the Boston Pops. She also works as a private voice, speech, and acting teacher for Atlanta Voice and Stage. Love to Adam and Goob! Thank you for supporting live theatre and the art of puppetry!

Amy Strickland is walking on air to be under the big top with The Tortoise, the Hare, and other Aesop's Fables! Her past Center performances include The Little Pirate Mermaid, The Adventures of Little Noodle, Ruth and the Green Book, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Ugly Duckling, Cinderella Della Circus, The Body Detective, Charlotte’s Web, Rainforest Adventures, Dinosaurs, and Winnie-the-Pooh. She has also puppeteered for Haverty Marionettes, The City of Orlando Puppetroupe, Am-Jam Productions, Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater, and Walt Disney World. Hugs and tickles to her fellow acrobats Allison and Gillian! A big thanks to Michael, Dolph, Adam, and Ricardo! Love to Mom, Dad, and of course much love to her hubby-to-be Tim!!!

Stage Manager
Gillian Wilson

Music composed, directed and recorded by Dolph Amick

Puppet Designer
Jason von Hinezmeyer

Lighting Designer
Liz Lee

Costume Designer
Stephanie McCoy

Scenic Designer
Ryan Sbratta

Sound Designer
Dolph Amick

Circus Consultant
Adam Lowe
Puppet Construction
Jason von Hinezmeyer, Stephanie McCoy,
Jessica Lorence, Scottie Rowell

Scenic Construction
Bill Jones
Ryan Sbaratta

Scenic Painter
Kelsey Fowler

Gregory Montague, Joe Monaghan, Lyndsay Ramberg

Technical Director
Bill Jones

Resident Puppet Builder
Jason von Hinezmeyer

Master Electrician
Gregory Montague

Electrics Intern
Dylan Phillips

Liz Lee

Artistic Director
Jon Ludwig

Assoc. Technical Director
Ryan Sbaratta

Puppet Builder
Stephanie McCoy

Resident Stage Manager Gillian Wilson

Puppet Shop Intern

Rachel DelGaudio

Assoc. Producer
Kristin Haverty

Artistic Associate
Michael Haverty

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