PuppetART announces 2017 spring/summer season; evening gala March 4 — CANCELLED
PLEASE NOTE: The evening performance of Purim Shpiel originally scheduled for tonight, March 4, has been cancelled.
Located in Downtown Detroit since 1998, PuppetART provides family entertainment for Detroit residents and visitors. In addition to the intimate 70 person puppet theater there is also a studio offering a variety of workshops and classes as well as a museum with a rotating collection of puppets from around the world. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00-3:00 pm, the museum’s collection includes shadow puppets from Indonesia and India, traditional marionettes from Europe, and puppets used right here in Detroit by Motor City puppeteers Meredith Bixby and Ed Johnson.
PuppetART’s spring/summer season launches on March 4 at 2:00 pm with Purim Shpiel. Based on the Yitzhak Manger stage production shown internationally in the late 1950’s, PuppetART’s performance of Purim Shpiel is filled with laughter, wisdom, tears, and Klezmer music as well as colorful costumes and Persian scenery.
In addition to regular show times, PuppetART is introducing the season with a special Gala featuring a night-time performance of Purim Spiel, a baking demonstration featuring hamantashen (traditional Purim cookies), and a cast member Q&A. Baking demonstration and documentary at 5:30; the performance will commence at 7:00 pm. Cost to members is $25, and $30 to non-members.
2017 spring/summer schedule:
Purim Shpiel from March 4 through March 26.
Crane Maiden from April 1 through April 23.
Sleeping Beauty from May 6 through May 20.
Kolobok from June 3 through June 26.
Banana for Turtle from July 1 through July 29.
Mouk’s Adventures from August 5 through August 19.
Regular performance tickets are $10 for children and $15 for adults; workshops are $8 per participant. Performances for groups are available by special arrangement. Reservations can be made at 313.961.7777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PuppetART was formed by a trio of professional Russian puppeteers, 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 non-profit theater in Downtown Detroit; it is the only professional resident puppet theater in Southeast Michigan.