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Posted: Sept. 30, 2012 at 11:20 a.m.
DETROIT - PuppetART Theater will present "Firebird," a puppet production of the classic Russian folktale, during the month of October. "Firebird" opens Saturday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.
"Firebird" tells the story of Ivan, a traditional hero, who goes in search of his true love, who has been captured by dark forces. Along the way he rescues a beautiful firebird caught in a chain beneath a golden apple tree and meets Baba Yaga, a Russian witch. Yaga reveals to Ivan that the firebird he freed is none other than his true love, Vasilisa, and helps him, despite her nature, by showing him the way to the realm of the Black Dragon. His adventure comes to an end when, by using his wit rather than his strength, Ivan triumphs over the Dragon, and, united with his true love, returns to his homeland.
This lush and elaborate production employs the use of rod puppets created in the tradition of Russian folklore. The scenery is vivid and colorful in the first act, and dark and mysterious in the second act. The set, combined with the spellbinding music of Stravinsky, Mussorgsky and old Russian folk songs transports audiences to an enchanted and magical world - a world of fairytales.
Performances are Saturdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 at 2 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m.
Ticket prices are $5 for children and $10 for adults. Puppet-making workshops follow each performance for an additional cost of $8.
For more information, please call the box office at 313-961-7777. Box office hours are noon - 3 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday. Find us on the web at www.puppetart.org.
PuppetART is located at 25 E. Grand River in Downtown Detroit.
PuppetART is celebrating 15 years in Detroit this season. The theater was formed by a trio of Russian puppeteers, all theater professionals in 1995. They began as a touring company and performed throughout Michigan, and in other parts of the US. In 1998, the troupe established its own theater in Sowntown Detroit. PuppetART is the only professional resident puppet theater in Southeast Michigan offering year-round weekly performances in conjunction with hands-on puppet making workshops and museum tours.