The Washington Montessori School in New Preston is excited to announce its 9th Annual Puppetry Festival sponsored by A Better Way Wholesale Autos and Copes Waste Solutions. This year’s festival will feature shows on the first three Saturdays in February at 10:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8 each. (Children under 2 are free.)
“The puppetry festival is a treasured event here at WMS,” said Jill Skilton, Director of Communications at Washington Montessori School. “It’s a great way to spend a cold, winter morning with your children. Each show is about an hour long including a ‘meet-and-greet’ with the puppets. After each performance, children and their parents are always invited to play in our gymnasium to burn off some energy before heading home.”
The season will begin Saturday, February 7 with a 10:30 a.m. performance of “Rosalita and the Giant Bugs” by Charlotte Dore of Rosalita’s Puppets of Massachusetts. A show for all ages, “Rosalita and the Giant Bugs” is an original marionette show that references the classic stories of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Wizard of Oz.” After Rosalita shrinks down to the size of her garden bugs, she goes on a wild adventure in search of the dragon fly who will allow her to return to her normal size.
The festival continues on Saturday, February 14 with a performance of “Sleeping Beauty” by Tanglewood Marionettes. A classic tale which appeals to children of all ages, Sleeping Beauty begins in King Felix’s great hall with the celebration of Princess Aurora’s birth. The party goes awry when the wicked witch arrives and curses Princess Aurora. Will the curse come true? Will someone with a “true heart” appear? In this retelling, a painted story book opens to reveal each scene. Beautifully hand-crafted marionettes are brought to life by a master puppeteer as the dramatic events unfold.
The final installment of the Puppetry Festival is Saturday, February 21 at 10:30. Brad Shur of Puppet Showplace Theater will present a rollicking retelling of the classic tale of “Robin Hood.” When the Sheriff of Nottingham begins demolishing woodland homes as part of a grand castle-expansion scheme, the starry-eyed Robin sees his chance to fight back and fulfill his dream of becoming a hero. Of course, he’ll need a little help from his friends. Join Maid Marion, Little John, and a mischievous deer with excellent taste in clothes on a medieval mission to save the forest.
Washington Montessori School is located at 240 Litchfield Turnpike (Route 202) in New Preston, CT. For more information, please call 860.868.0551.