The Washington Montessori School in New Preston is excited to announce its 13th Annual Puppetry Festival presented by National Iron Bank, Sawing High Climbers and Stars Hollow Yarns. 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 has become a much-anticipated 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 time with their active children on those cold, winter mornings.” 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 2. John McDonough of Pumpernickel Puppets will present the classic story of “Peter Rabbit” at 10:30 a.m. Using a combination of hand puppets and marionettes, Mr. McDonough brings the mischievous and adventurous hero to life for a new generation. “John’s shows are especially fun for children because his puppets are really big and bright and colorful. He brings to life these cartoon-like characters that stand taller than most of the audience. It’s so much fun to watch the children looking up at them with such awe,” Ms. Skilton said.
On Saturday, February 9, Jim Napolitano will present “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Based on the Appalachian folk tales collected by Richard Chase, this version follows Jack on his many adventures. The show includes songs, stories and more than 80 handcrafted one-of-a-kind shadow puppets. “Jim is hilarious and puts on an amazing show that is just as entertaining for adults and big kids, as it is for the little ones,” said Ms. Skilton.
The festival will conclude on Saturday, February 16 with a 10:30 a.m. performance of “In Search of the Unicorn” by Charlotte Dore of Rosalita’s Puppets. This one-of-a-kind marionette show tells the story of a princess who is finally able to prove to her uncle that unicorns truly do exist. “Charlotte’s performances are always super fun and entertaining,” said Ms. Skilton. “She really connects with the audience and draws the children into being part of the performance. Children just love her.”
Washington Montessori School is located at 240 Litchfield Turnpike (Route 202) in New Preston, CT. For more information, please call 860.868.0551.