Engage your students through the performing arts!

Welcome back to school, all of you educators! We want to help you teach your students by reinforcing your lessons with fun, entertaining puppet shows and workshops! Each show has connections to English Language Arts, Science, or Social Studies, outlined on the show page of the website. Our study guides include vocabulary and suggested activities.

image of the classroom guide for Butterfly Ballad
Study guides provided!

We can do workshops, too!

Piccadilly Puppets Shows

Firefly Festival Friday night in Madison

We will be doing 2 short shows from Cherokee Tales Friday night at the Firefly Festival in Madison, GA, including the story of how the firefly got its fire. The Main Street Madison web page below has a photo of Director Nancy Riggs during last year’s show. The child in front is dressed as an Eagle.

http://www.mainstreetmadisonga.com/351/Firefly-Festival

Friday, July 26 Town Park, Madison, GA 6:30-8:30. Our shows are at 6:45 and 7:45.

Splish, Splash: Water Stories at the Stonecrest Library

Big green Tiddalick the Frog hand a rod puppet and blue Eel rod puppet posing in front of a lake
Tiddalick the Frog learns to share water from Eel.

Tuesday, July 23 at 2:30

Stonecrest branch of the Dekalb County Public Library, 3123 Klondike Rd. Lithonia, GA 30038

Limited to 60 children; Make sure to show up a little early! (404)482-3828

This show explores our most precious resource in a fun and educational way! Large hand-puppets are used in the Australian folktale of “Tiddalick the Frog” and the Creek legend “Rabbit Plays Tug-of-War,” which demonstrate that water is important to all cultures. The original shadow puppet piece, “The Adventures of Drip and Drop,” shows the water-cycle from the point of view of the raindrops. As the closing song says, “Everybody needs a little water!” Developed with the help of Project WET, this show is best for ages 4-10.

Summer Library shows in Georgia towns

Dog puppet outdoors with sunglasses

Here’s a list of libraries where you can see us this summer!

June 6 Noon Pendergrass Cat and Mouse Tales This show will be at the clubhouse at Seasons of Pendergrass, Pendergrass Farm Circle

June 21 11:00 Sharon Forks Library Imagination Station 2820 Old Atlanta Rd. Cumming

July 9 10:30 Harlie Fulford/Johnson County Library Cat and Mouse Tales 2456 W Elm Street, Wrightsville, GA 31096

July 9 4:30 Rosa M. Tarbutton Library Cat and Mouse Tales   314 S Harris St. Sandersville, GA 31082

July 23 2:00 Stonecrest Library Splish, Splash: Water Stories 3123 Klondike Rd. Lithonia, GA 30338

Teacher appreciation week May 5-11

An image of a blackboard that reads Teacher Appreciation Week in chalk with an apple sitting on the blackboard rail.

Piccadilly Puppets would like to thank all of the teachers and educators that bring puppetry and other arts into their schools! We also appreciate our teaching artist-puppeteers: Fracena Byrd Dolan, Nancy Riggs, LeeAnna Lambert Sweatt and Lorie Summers!

Of Monarch butterflies and the benefits of the performing arts

We haven’t been doing too many public performances lately, so we haven’t posted in awhile. We have been doing LOTS of performances of Butterfly Ballad, our show about Monarch butterflies for preschools-3rd grade. There’s good news on the Monarch front this year; their numbers are rising! We encourage you to plant more native milkweed. We also have a bilingual version of this show if you’d like to incorporate some Spanish into your performing arts.

Mother Nature with Katy Butterfly from Butterfly Ballad
Mother Nature with Katy Butterfly from Butterfly Ballad

The results are in! Students who attend multiple arts field trips have higher levels of social-emotional skills, stronger school engagement and higher standardized test scores. The research was done for field trips, but we’re sure that bringing artists in to your camp, school, church or other organization can have many of the same benefits! Click below for the article on the results of the study done by the Woodruff Arts Center.

https://www.mdjonline.com/neighbor_newspapers/northside_sandy_springs/education/woodruff-arts-center-atlanta-public-schools-partner-on-first-field/article_75bf4136-41f4-11e9-a30c-9714eef960a7.html?fbclid=IwAR2D5ml8fVXvnVR13HKqa7MjriEbrEjNXTfqaBofxNdE9B98XkshqAvvrVk

Thanks to Fulton County for all your support!

Piccadilly Puppets is very grateful to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners for their support in 2018 through the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council!

Like the FCAC, we believe the arts are essential to the quality of life of our citizens and to the economic and social health of our communities.  The mission of the Fulton County Department of Arts and Culture is to insure all citizens’ access to the arts.  By supporting us financially, they helped ensure that Piccadilly Puppets could bring our educational entertainment to every district of the county. In 2018, we performed for almost 5,000 people in Fulton County!

For more information on Fulton County Arts and Culture, including events, exhibits, classes and the location of county arts centers, please visit their website: http://www.fultonarts.org/