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Cherokee Tales updated and available for in-person performances!

Trail of Tears portion of Cherokee Tales

Sequoyah teaches students about Cherokee culture and history, including his famous syllabary. With the help of puppets and audience volunteers, the puppeteer/storyteller recounts Cherokee myths about the creation of Cherokee land and how the brave Spider brought fire to the animals. Then the students learn about the Trail of Tears and more. Optional section about the seven clans. This new version was written by playwright Kara Morrison, an enrolled member of the Waccamaw Siouan tribe and a descendant of the Cherokee Nation.

CHEROKEE TALES– preK-4th grade, 30-45 minutes. Hand and Rod puppets.

Farewell to 2021!

2021 was still challenging due to the ups and downs of the pandemic, but there were highlights! (see below)

Bookings for shows began to pick up a bit. We still did some virtually while increasing the number of indoor and outdoor shows we were able to do in-person. We were able to start doing workshops again.

We celebrated an amazing 50 years of Piccadilly Puppets with our Fabulous 50th Zoomiversary party! Our founder, Ken Daniel, recorded a video of how he got started in puppetry. Nancy put together a Keynote presentation of photos through the decades. Other puppeteers, board members & friends attended and some sent videos or told stories. (We had originally scheduled a party for October 2020 but postponed and went virtual).

Birthday parties came back stronger. It seems that many families wanted at home parties, so we did even more birthday shows and workshops than usual.

We were finally able to perform our revamped version of Cherokee Tales, adapted by Kara Morrison with many new puppets and props by Stephanie Kaskel Bogle. So nice to have kids up on stage with us again. We are looking forward to many more shows of this in the future!

We were also able to perform all three of our Christmas shows this year – again, indoors, outdoors & virtually!

COVID-19 isn’t gone, but neither is Piccadilly Puppets! Hope to see you in 2022!

Virtual options still available!

Still not allowed to have visitors into your school? Can’t afford to pay travel costs to bring Piccadilly Puppets to your group? Need an option for virtual content for those last-minute short-term shutdowns?

Puppeteer holding a carrot rod puppet
Puppetry 101 Streaming class

Our virtual content is still available!

All of our shows can be used to help teach Fine Arts and English Language Arts standards. Use Butterfly Ballad to enhance your Science lessons or Cherokee Tales for Social Studies. Other titles include Cat and Mouse Tales and Puppetry 101. Check out our Show pages for more info.

Prices are very reasonable, and you can easily share videos with students at home as well as in the classroom! Watch a video at whatever time is most convenient, then schedule a live demonstration and Q&A session with a puppeteer (optional).

Most content is on YouTube through a private link you will be sent once you purchase a show. Prices start at $20 per classroom. You can check out a few free videos first. (Note: many promotional videos made from live shows are lower quality than the shows filmed in 2020, so if you are watching a video with a live audience, don’t use that video to determine the quality of what is available for purchase).

Butterfly Ballad in Little Nancy Creek Park

September 9 at 4:30

FREE

4012 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE, Atlanta, GA

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

Developed originally for the Callaway Gardens Butterfly Center, this story follows Katy and Kevin Caterpillar through the stages of their lives – from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly – and their fascinating migration to Mexico. Narrated by Mother Nature, with original music, rod and hand puppets. Recommended for ages 3-8, but you can bring the younger toddlers to this one; they can go play if they are not engaged!

Thanks to the Friends of Little Nancy Creek Park for helping to schedule this performance!

Thank you to the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs!

round logo that says Resurgens Atlanta and has a phoenix in the middle

As our 2020-21 year comes to an end, we would like to thank the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs for their vital support through the Contracts for Arts Services program!

It was great to be able to rely on these funds during a year when things were so uncertain. These funds help make the arts accessible to Atlanta children by helping us to keep our fees low while still traveling to districts all over the city. We also have been offering virtual shows, demonstrations and streaming Q&As all year.

Business is building back up!

With restrictions easing and our puppeteers vaccinated, we are doing more in-person shows and have added in-person workshops back into the mix. We are still offering virtual shows, too!

A photo of our booth-style puppet stage, set up on a sunny day in a park. The puppeteer stands inside wearing a bright floral shirt and holding a yellow, black & white caterpillar rod puppet. The stage has a dark green curtain and a large foam plant covered with bright green felt on the front.
Puppeteer Fracena Byrd performed Butterfly Ballad in Jess Lucas Park in Hapeville on a beautiful day in April.

Virginia-Highland Porchfest is Saturday!

This is a fun, free event with a ton of music AND a puppet show! We will be performing Butterfly Ballad at 4:00 at 901 Virginia Circle. There will be 54 bands on 40 porches and a Food Truck Alley. The music is from noon-6 PM.

A poster advertising the Virginia-Highland Porchfest and Rock N Run 5k. May 8th 9AM-6PM Music graphics and a silhouette of the Atlanta skyline

Piccadilly Puppets is 50 years old!

Dog, princess, cow and frog puppets holding a golden 50 sign

We’re having a Fabulous 50th Zoomiversary Party!

Piccadilly Puppets celebrates its 50 years of puppetry in Atlanta with a mid-season virtual puppet party on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7:00pm. 

This free event will please puppet fans of all ages!
Our Zoomiversary party will include a video by founding Artistic Director Ken Daniel, a reunion of past and present puppeteers, as well as lots of fun puppet pictures and videos.

Puppeteers everywhere will be celebrating World Day of Puppetry all weekend, too.
Attendees are invited to bring their own puppets!
Tickets are free, but you must register! Register through Eventbrite by “purchasing” a free ticket.
Once your “purchase” is complete, you will receive an email with
information about how to access the event.
REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE TICKET!

Virtual learning options for schools!

Whether your school is meeting in-person or online, Piccadilly Puppets videos can help enhance the learning.

Photo of caterpillar and butterfly puppets from Butterfly Ballad
Kevin Caterpillar and Katy Butterfly from Butterfly Ballad

All of our shows can be used to help teach Fine Arts and English Language Arts standards. Use Butterfly Ballad to enhance your Science lessons or Cherokee Tales for Social Studies. Other titles include Cat and Mouse Tales and Imagination Station. Check out our Show pages for more info.

Prices are very reasonable, and you can easily share videos with students at home as well as in the classroom! If you are far away from Atlanta, this is a GREAT way to bring a puppet show to your class!

Contact us!

Happy Holidays from Piccadilly Puppets!

Enjoy this short video as a gift from us to you:

We’ve been working hard this year to keep bringing the art of puppetry to children in the Atlanta area and beyond. We’ve done outdoor birthday parties and camp shows. We’ve brought the puppet van to apartment complexes. (We lost the puppet van in a collision, but we can still bring our shows just about anywhere!) We’ve recorded shows for libraries and churches to share. We’ve done Zoom calls with preschool classes. We hired a Cherokee playwright to rewrite Cherokee Tales, then reimagined it as a 15-minute film.

What educational entertainment would you like to see from Piccadilly Puppets? Chances are, we can provide something to meet your wants and needs. The next thing we plan to record is Puppetry 101, a 30-minute video about puppetry styles and puppetry as a career. We are also planning to go into a few venues in January and perform live and in-person. We do this on a case-by-case basis, keeping safety in mind. Small groups are preferred.

We’ve seen changes and challenges in 50 years. This is our biggest challenge, but we are still here and plan to continue on! Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2021!