The Washington Montessori School in New Preston is excited to announce its 10th Annual Puppetry Festival sponsored 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.)
“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 6 with a 10:30 a.m. performance of “The Wizard of Oz” by The Puppet People of New York. A show for all ages, “The Wizard of Oz” is an original show that brings to life Frank Baum’s classic. This puppet fantasy features marionettes, shadow puppets, rod puppets, a large parade puppet and more! Join Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Cowardly Lion as they follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City and beyond.
The festival continues on Saturday, February 13 with a performance of “Rachel Skullcap, The Pirate” by Rosalita’s Puppets of Massachusetts. This show is a new original collection of pirate-themed puppet stories featuring the young and fearless pirate, “Rachel Skullcap.” Ideal for all ages, this performance includes three short plays: “The Pirate and the Parrot,” “The Pig Who Would Be Pirate,” and “The Brave Princess.”
The final installment of the Puppetry Festival is Saturday, February 20 at 10:30. John McDonough of Pumpernickel Puppets will perform “Sir George and the Dragon,” which includes a cast of colorful puppet characters, audience participation, live voices and sound effects.
Washington Montessori School is located at 240 Litchfield Turnpike (Route 202) in New Preston, CT. For more information, please call 860.868.0551.