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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 ButterflyBallad 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.
At times like these, grant money can sustain an organization like ours! We received funding through Atlanta’s Contracts for Arts Services program for 2019-20. We will not be able to provide as many shows and workshops in Atlanta as we hoped due to being shut down this spring, but the funds will help keep us running until we can start performing again! 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.
Piccadilly Puppets is performing at several festivals this season. We already performed for Bridgefest in Stockbridge. Next is Atlanta Parent’s Family Festival followed by Lilburn Daze. Read on for details!
Saturday, October 5 Atlanta Parent’s Family Festival
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!