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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf
    Photo by Paul Mesner Puppets

Based on the book by Jon Scieszka (Used by permission)
By Paul Mesner Puppets of Kansas City, MO

2013-14 Family Series

May 28 - June 9, 2013
Downstairs Theater
Recommended for ages 4 & up

•Tues-Fri: 10am & 12pm
•Sat: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
•Sun: 1pm & 3pm

Think you know the real story behind the huffing and puffing? Think again! In this revealing, no-squealing adaptation of Jon Scieszka’s popular book, Alexander T. Wolf finally has a chance to tell his side of the story. He only wanted a cup of sugar and he had a cold. For years we have only known this story from the pigs’ point of view. Now, Mr. A. Wolf explains what really happened to those houses made of straw, sticks, and bricks and the three little pigs that lived in them.

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Puppetry Style:

Rod, Body, Shadow

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Behind the Scenes of
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs By A. Wolf

About the Author
Jon Scieszka was born in Flint, Michigan on September 8, 1954. “Scieszka” is a Polish word that means “path.” Jon studied both Science and English at Albion College in Albion, Michigan and considered becoming a doctor. He graduated in 1976, lived in Detroit, and then moved to Brooklyn, NY to write instead. He earned his MFA in Fiction from Columbia University in New York in 1980, then painted apartments. Through his wife Jeri, who was an art director of a magazine in New York, Jon met a funny guy named Lane Smith. Lane was painting illustrations for magazine articles and working on his first children’s book. Jon gave Lane his story, A. Wolf’s Tale, and he loved it. Lane drew a few illustrations for the story and showed it to numerous publishers, but got rejected by all of them. Finally, an editor at Viking Books thought the story and the illustrations were funny – she published the book in 1989 with the title changed to The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! It has now sold over three million copies and has been translated into 14 different languages. Over the last 19 years, Jon and Lane have worked together on eight picture books and Lane’s wife, Molly Leach, has designed all of them. Jon’s books have won numerous awards and have sold over 11 million copies worldwide.
Source: Jon Scieszka

Style of Puppetry
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf is performed with rod puppets and a masked actor. Rod puppets are figures supported by sticks, or rods. A main control rod supports the weight of the puppet’s body and extends directly into its head. Turning this rod makes the puppet’s head turn. Rods attached to each hand, usually made of heavy wire, control the movement of the arms. An actor wearing a large mask on his head must communicate with the audience through large gestures and certain poses that illustrate the type of character that is being portrayed.

About the Company
Paul Mesner, puppeteer, author and performer, became interested in puppetry at an early age. As a teenager, he studied with Lee Ridge in Lincoln, Nebraska before starting his own puppet theater in Omaha. He toured his shows throughout Minnesota before studying at the prestigious International Institute of Puppetry in Charleville-Mézières, France. He moved to Kansas City where, in 1987, he founded the Paul Mesner Puppets. His lively performances present classic stories recast in contemporary terms. Audiences across the United States have delighted in the precise craftsmanship, dynamic presentation, and joyful blending of humor and education in all his productions. Paul Mesner believes wholeheartedly in entertaining his audiences and doesn’t mind including deeper meanings and life-lessons when no one is looking.

Paul Mesner Puppets, Inc. is a not-for-profit company located in a rehabilitated inner-city warehouse in Kansas City, Missouri. The company presents a full season in Kansas City and travels nationally to participate in residencies, festivals, and workshops, reaching more than 100,000 children and adults annually. Paul Mesner Puppets is one of fifteen arts organizations in the Kansas City area that make up Arts Partners, an innovative, sequential, arts-in-education program for grades Pre K-12 that integrates their education programs into the curriculum of nine school districts and two individual site-based schools. Arts Partners works to make the arts integral to basic education and accessible to every child. Paul Mesner has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Missouri Arts Council, The Jim Henson Foundation, and ArtsKC Fund, as well as other foundations in the Kansas City area. He has also received awards for educational and artistic achievement. These include three UNIMA-USA Citations for Excellence in Puppetry for Sleeping Beauty, Wiley & the Hairy Man and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.

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