The Washington Montessori School in New Preston is excited to announce its 11th Annual Puppetry Festival presented by 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.) Additional sponsor support has been provided by RIDE Indoor Cycling.
“The puppetry festival is a beloved event here at WMS. We always have tremendous performers, great shows and a fantastic audience,” said Jill Skilton, Director of Communications at Washington Montessori School. “The shows have proven to be a fun and easy way for parents to spend some cold, winter mornings with active children.” Each show is about an hour long and includes a ‘meet-and-greet’ with the puppets and performers. After each performance, children and their parents are invited to play in the WMS gymnasium.
The season will begin Saturday, February 4 with a 10:30 a.m. performance of “A Woodland Cinderella” by award-winning puppeteer Deborah Costine. In this new version of the classic story, Cinderella is a fairy who lives with her stepmother and stepsister in an enormous old tree in the forest. The King of all woodland fairies wants his son to marry a fairy princess, but none can be found. So the King hosts a great ball and commands that every single fairy maiden in the land must attend. He knows the secret to identifying a true fairy princess!
The festival continues on Saturday, February 11 with a performance of “Peter Rabbit” and a performance of “The Lion and the Mouse” by John McDonough of Pumpernickel Puppets. Both shows include a cast of colorful puppet characters, audience participation, live voices and sound effects.
The final installment of the Puppetry Festival is Saturday, February 18 at 10:30. Charlotte Dore of Rosalita’s Puppets will perform “The Enchanted Castle,” which is a collection of three short hand puppet stories. Princess ” Krystal” and fairy godmother “Glitter” tell stories and sing songs as they teach the audience how to be knights and princesses and princes.
Washington Montessori School is located at 240 Litchfield Turnpike (Route 202) in New Preston, CT. For more information, please call 860.868.0551.