Welcome to Bugville, a jumpin’ little insect community that swings to the Bugville Boogie and the sweet sounds of WBUG Radio star Morpha Butterfly. Watching over the insect citizens is the one and only Mighty Bug, a superhero with super strength, smelling, hearing, and flying abilities. But Mighty Bug isn’t the only arthropod with an eye on Bugville. The evil arachnid Scorpiana has assembled a group to attack the town. Can Mighty Bug defeat the evil Scorpiana and save Bugville? Find out in this science-filled comic book style adventure!
Body, Shadow, Rod
About the Puppetry
Mighty Bug’s world is created using a combination of puppets (shadow and body) and projections (digital and overhead). The puppets are built by a team of artists in the Center’s puppet-building workshop, and the projections are designed by an illustrator and projections engineer. Shadow scenery, like the grass and flowers of Bugville or Scorpiana’s cave, is created by projecting imagery on a large screen. Shadow puppets, like Bugville’s bees or Professor Rhinoceros Beetle, are 3-dimensional rod puppets or flat figures cut out of Lexan (thin, strong plastic)and never actually touch the screen. They are performed in an “alley” between the shadow screen and several bright lights. Mighty Bug, Scorpiana and Morpha are all body puppets, or costumed characters: the puppeteers wear costumes and masks to portray these characters.
The Adventures of Mighty Bug is performed by five skilled puppeteers. These puppeteers manipulate, or give life to, all of the puppets in the show and also perform all of the characters’ voices live (speaking and singing). Each puppeteer wears a cordless microphone to amplify her/his voice.
About the Puppeteers
Dolph Amick [Professor Rhinoceros Beetle], musician and actor, is buzzing with excitement at being in Mighty Bug. Recent work includes composing the score for The Tortoise, The Hare, and Other Aesop’s Fables (Center for Puppetry Arts); founding the AleCon Performing Arts Convention with his band, Three Quarter Ale; and performing as Yukon Cornelius in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Center for Puppetry Arts). He is currently recording an album with electronica/ambient band burndollies, and narrating a thirteen-book series of Dungeons and Dragons works for ListenUp! Audiobooks. Special thanks to Gillian and Gregory, and love to the queen bee, Kara, and to his lovable larva, Valentine.
Allison Murphy [Morpha Butterfly] is super excited to be a part of The Adventures of Mighty Bug. This is her tenth show at the Center; you may have seen her this past year as kazoo-playing Patootie in Aesop's Fables or as Rudolph in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. She also played Beauty in Beauty and the Beast and Wendy in Peter Pan. A proud graduate of the Boston Conservatory, Allison has appeared at Theatre in the Square, Stage Door, and as a soloist with the Boston Pops. Allison also works as a private voice, speech, and acting teacher at her own studio, Atlanta Voice and Stage. Thank you for supporting live theatre and the art of puppetry! Love to Adam and Goob!
Spencer Stephens [Mr. Narrator] has been puppeteering at the Center since 2002 having been in productions of Weather Rocks!, Beauty and the Beast, The Adventures of Little Noodle, Duke Ellington’s Cat, Ruth and the Green Book, and The Ghastly Dreadfuls. Thanks to family and friends for their constant support. Enjoy the show!!
Amy (Strickland) Sweeney [Scorpiana] is buggy about being in Mighty Bug. Her past Center performances include Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; The Tortoise, the Hare, and other Aesop's Fables; The Little Pirate Mermaid; Adventures of Little Noodle; Ruth and the Green Book; 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. Six-legged hugs to her fellow insects Dolph, Allison, Spencer, Gillian, and Jon. A big smooch to her Mighty Bug hubby Tim! Lots of love to Mom and Dad!
Tim Sweeney [Mighty Bug] is thrilled to be back for another Center production. Past Center performances include Rudolph, Space!, The Little Pirate Mermaid, Peter Pan, Rumplestiltskin, Aladdin, Rainforest Adventures, Cinderella Della Circus, and The Ghastly Dreadfuls. In addition, he has performed in various touring shows with Swazzle in California. Huge “huzzahs!” to everyone involved in this gi-normous spectacular and also smooches to Amy for not only putting up with me but marrying me.
Music composed and recorded by Bryan Mercer Music direction by Eric Baumgartner
Gregory Montague & Brian Kettler
Additional Artwork by
Special thanks to
Marianne Shockley Cruz Ph.D., UGA Department of Entomology