Puppets at home

The puppet van sits empty and our puppets are quiet in their suitcases, waiting for a chance to perform again. It’s sad to see all of the dates on the calendar marked through with cancellations, but we are working on other things, like website updates, puppet repairs, organizing workshop materials, etc. We are posting on Facebook everyday: spotlighting shows, sharing links to puppet-making and a few of our own video clips. We will be spotlighting our puppeteers, too!

https://www.facebook.com/Piccadilly-Puppets-147488648621832/

Instagram: #piccadillypuppetsatl

We hope we will be performing again by June (dare we hope for May?), so if you’d like to schedule a show for the summer, please give us a call! We won’t require a deposit, so if your event gets cancelled or postponed, you’ll still be fine. (404)636-0022

See you when we can!

World Water Day March 22 and Earth Day April 22

Piccadilly Puppets has environmentally-themed puppet shows for these special days!

Splish, Splash: Water Stories 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!”

Big green Tiddalick the Frog hand a rod puppet and blue Eel rod puppet posing in front of a lake
Splish, Splash: Water Stories

Developed for the opening of the Callaway Gardens Butterfly Center, Butterfly Ballad traces the metamorphosis of Katy and Kevin Caterpillar from egg to caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly. Join them on their fascinating migration to Mexico and marvel as they return to the United States to lay their eggs, beginning the life cycle all over again. The story, narrated by Mother Nature and performed with hand and rod puppets, culminates in a discussion of what each individual can do to maintain the balance of nature. Students learn a few Spanish words along the way; a bilingual version is available on request.

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

Christmas Puppet Shows in Lawrenceville and Atlanta!

Santa and his mouse helper in their red coats lined with white fur. Rod puppets from 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Santa and his helper, Santa Mouse, pay a visit to a family during ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Saturday, December 7

LeeAnna Lambert Sweatt will be performing ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at the Aurora Children’s Playhouse! Shows at 10:00 and 11:30 $7 Don’t wait! The 11:30 show is already SOLD OUT! https://www.auroratheatre.com/productions-and-programs/view/twas-the-night-before-christmas/

Saturday, December 21

Fracena Byrd Dolan will be performing Foxy Christmas at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta! Shows at 12:00 and 2:00. Save $2 by buying tickets in advance online! https://childrensmuseumatlanta.org/event/celebrate-christmas-a-cultural-exploration/

A photo of the Santa Claus and Belinda Bunny puppets from Foxy Christmas
Santa loves Belinda Bunny’s Carrot Pies!

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

The logo of National arts and humanities month, with an orange star made to look like a person

We’ve been busy this month doing puppet shows for festivals, preschools, Yom Kippur, and birthday parties! We hope YOU are celebrating the arts & humanities by seeing a show, taking a workshop, reading a book, etc.

Fall festival season

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

A banner saying "Join the Fun" for Atlanta Parent's Family Festival on Saturday, October 5.

Butterfly Ballad 12:45

https://www.atlantaparent.com/familyfestival/

Saturday, October 12 Lilburn Daze

children with instruments on stage with the puppeteer and Chief Gray Eagle puppet
Cherokee Tales

https://www.lilburndaze.org/

Cherokee Tales 1:00

This show is sponsored by the generosity of St. John Neumann Catholic School in Lilburn! Thank you so much!

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.

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

Welcome in the Chinese New Year with a puppet show!

The Emperor pushes a wheelbarrow in Once Upon a Time in China
The Emperor loves to garden!

We still have some open dates in February to bring this show to your group for the Chinese New Year!

This enchanting Chinese Tale teaches the importance of being honest. The Emperor is very old and needs to find someone to take over his duties, as he has no son. The new leader must be smart and strong, kind and courageous, patient and honest, especially HONEST. How will he find just the right boy?  (Based on the story of The Empty Pot). Ages 3-11

For more info: https://piccadillypuppets.org/shows-workshops/shows/once-upon-a-time-in-china/