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.
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!
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!
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!”
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.
Bobby Box was a puppeteer for Piccadilly Puppets for four or five years in the mid-late 1980’s. Originally from Arkansas, he moved to Atlanta after getting his master’s degree from Bowling Green State University and was active in the Atlanta theatre scene as well as in puppetry. He helped develop several of our productions as a puppeteer, most notably Body Shop, which received a Citation of Excellence from UNIMA (an international puppetry organization) in 1986. He also recorded voices for several shows that were performed for many years, and co-wrote ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, which we still perform today!
After leaving Piccadilly Puppets, Bobby worked at the Center for Puppetry Arts as a puppeteer and director for over a decade. He eventually married and moved to Washington state with his husband, Graham Kerr.
Bobby was talented, conscientious, kind, and well-loved by the puppetry community. He died January 21. We miss him.
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/
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.
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
Butterfly Ballad 12:45
Saturday, October 12 Lilburn Daze
Cherokee Tales 1:00
This show is sponsored by the generosity of St. John Neumann Catholic School in Lilburn! Thank you so much!
Puppetry combines visual and performing arts to inspire creativity. Puppets can be or do anything!
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.
We can do workshops, too!
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.
Friday, July 26 Town Park, Madison, GA 6:30-8:30. Our shows are at 6:45 and 7:45.