Stevens Puppets to perform “Aladdin” at Tibbits August 12 and 13
COLDWATER – The popular Arabian Nights story Aladdin gets a fresh look when Stevens Puppets brings it to life with marionettes in the final Tibbits Popcorn Theatre production playing at 10:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday, August 12 and 13 at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater.
From the pages of The Arabian Nights comes the timeless story of Aladdin. This Chinese folktale comes alive with the help of Martin Stevens’ hand-crafted marionettes. A true “rags to riches” story, infused with music, mystery and magic, follows Aladdin from the streets to the royal palace and beyond!
World leaders in the puppetry arts for over 80 years, Stevens Puppets bring this classic tale to life with artfully hand-carved wooden marionettes and a musical score that will leave the audience humming along. The performances are fully-staged productions with beautifully hand-painted scenery that help give life to the miniature actors, weaving a childhood spell over audiences of all ages.
Puppeteers Dan and Zan Raynor, have over 20 years of experience in their unique craft. Predecessor, Martin Stevens created the original production of “Aladdin” in 1980. Stevens was a Peabody Award winning, preeminent American puppeteer and founder of the Puppeteers of America. With his wife, Margi, he created ground-breaking touring marionette shows which are featured in books, and in museums. His marionettes and stage design have influenced generations of puppeteers in America and abroad, often cited as artistic benchmarks and industry standards. The Raynor family has carried on the tradition established by Stevens and painstakingly restored the marionettes and sets to continue their world renowned presentations.
Tickets are $8 and include popcorn and juice at intermission. Tickets are available at www.Tibbits.org, or by calling or visiting Tibbits box office 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Group tickets are also available. Contact the box office at 517-278-6029 for details.