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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!

New film of Cherokee Tales!

Sequoyah holding the Cherokee syllabary
Sequoyah holding the Cherokee syllabary

Piccadilly Puppets has a great new way to bring educational fun to your Social Studies unit on the Cherokee nation. Kara Morrison, a southeastern playwright of Cherokee heritage, has helped us to rewrite our puppet show, Cherokee Tales, and we have filmed a 15-minute version that you can share with your students now!

In this updated virtual puppet show, Sequoyah teaches students about Cherokee culture and history. The storyteller uses tabletop hand and rod puppets to tell 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 with the help of shadow puppetry. This 15-minute version is appropriate for grades preK4-2nd.

After your students watch the video, we can join them for a live chat through Zoom or the platform of your choice to demonstrate the puppets and answer questions, if you choose.

Here is a short promotional video:

Cherokee Tales promo

We also have videos of other Piccadilly Puppets favorites: Butterfly Ballad, Imagination Station, Cat and Mouse Tales, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors. These are mostly new recordings of our standard 30-minute shows.

We are still performing in-person as well!

For more information, call (404)636-0022 or Contact Us!

Thank you, Fulton County Board of Commissioners and Fulton Arts and Culture!

Logo for Fulton County Arts and Culture with a tree image

Piccadilly Puppets is very grateful to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners for their support in 2020 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 – even during a pandemic.  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 are helping us bring our educational entertainment to every district of the county. We were able to do some small outdoor shows this summer for a very low fee, subsidized by our Contract for Arts Services funding, and we are continuing to find ways to reach the children of our county!

For more information on Fulton County Arts and Culture, including many virtual events, exhibits, classes, please visit their website: http://www.fultonarts.org/

Piccadilly Puppets celebrates Arts in Education Week!

A group of Kindergarten students holing shadow puppets they made in a workshop
Kindergarten students in a shadow puppet workshop

Whether you are a student, educator, parent, or principal, you can find a way to celebrate the arts in education during National Arts in Education Week.

The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. Students of all ages benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize this impact and share the message with friends, family, and communities.

Right now, many schools are virtual or limited in how they hold classes, and it might be easier to put off arts education “until things get better”. Schools need to spend money on masks and cleaning and maybe running more busses, and money for the arts just might not seem as important, but for some children, the arts are everything!

We salute artists that are stretching themselves creatively to find new ways to give performances for young audiences. We salute teachers who are spending twice as much time developing lessons to give virtually. We encourage schools and other organizations to be open to new ideas for bringing the arts to all of your students.

  • Arts education promotes academic achievement: A 2020 study of over 112,000 students showed that “highly engaged instrumental music students were, on average, academically over one year ahead of their peers.”
  • Arts education advances social and emotional development.
  • Arts education reduces disciplinary infractions: A recent study showed that arts education experiences reduce the proportion of students in school receiving disciplinary infractions by 3.6%.
  • Stay enrolled and graduate: Low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are twice as likely to graduate college as their peers with no arts education.

Every school day needs arts education!

The puppet van is no longer available, but we are still performing outdoors, indoors and virtually!

Unfortunately, we had an accident in the puppet van. No puppets or puppeteers were harmed, but due to its age and high mileage, our insurance company declared the van a total loss. We’re sorry to say that we cannot offer shows from the back of the van for the near future. We do offer almost all of our shows outdoors, though, and Atlanta weather in the fall is usually great, so bring us to your birthday party, childcare, etc! We can also do virtual shows or lessons for schools and religious groups even if you are not meeting in person.

Shows are happening, outdoors & in!

We are doing live shows for small groups! We can set up one of our regular puppet shows from our Shows page, or just perform our Pop-up Puppets variety show right out of the Puppet Van. We are also doing shows inside for daycares. We are offering special COVID-19 pricing throughout the summer and possibly into the fall.

We have two shows available online now, also! You can arrange for your group or your family to watch Butterfly Ballad or Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors.

Keep watch on our Facebook page for upcoming free short videos. We will be offering Fabulous Fable Fridays every week in August at 10:00 am!

See our previous post for additional ideas and information.

Virtual Offerings Coming Soon!

We are working on our virtual offerings, while still hoping to be providing some in-person appearances soon! If you have ideas of something you’d like to see Piccadilly Puppets doing, use the Contact form to let us know!

Some things in the works:

Recorded shows: We are choosing a few of our shows, the ones that don’t rely heavily on live audience participation or reaction, to put online. Butterfly Ballad is already on Youtube, unlisted. Your organization can pay for the link to share with your students, campers, library families, etc. Fees are negotiable at the moment. We have not yet set a cost for individuals to view but we can make that happen.

Live Zoom calls: Included with the fee for your group to watch a prerecorded show will be a live puppetry demonstration so the children can ask questions and interact AND/OR a live workshop to make a puppet using ordinary household materials. You can also have a workshop without the show.

Puppet van Driveway show: We can bring the puppet van to your driveway and perform for a small group of kids from the neighborhood who are staying 6 feet apart. One way to do this would be to put blankets down so the children know where to sit. You can live stream this to other friends for a virtual birthday party. If your kids are spending too much time in front of a screen, the puppets can lead a dance party!

These are just some possibilities we are considering. We are still trying to figure these things out creatively. Give us a call and let us know your needs, and we can talk them through!