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!

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.

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.

Summer Library shows in Georgia towns

Dog puppet outdoors with sunglasses

Here’s a list of libraries where you can see us this summer!

June 6 Noon Pendergrass Cat and Mouse Tales This show will be at the clubhouse at Seasons of Pendergrass, Pendergrass Farm Circle

June 21 11:00 Sharon Forks Library Imagination Station 2820 Old Atlanta Rd. Cumming

July 9 10:30 Harlie Fulford/Johnson County Library Cat and Mouse Tales 2456 W Elm Street, Wrightsville, GA 31096

July 9 4:30 Rosa M. Tarbutton Library Cat and Mouse Tales   314 S Harris St. Sandersville, GA 31082

July 23 2:00 Stonecrest Library Splish, Splash: Water Stories 3123 Klondike Rd. Lithonia, GA 30338

Teacher appreciation week May 5-11

An image of a blackboard that reads Teacher Appreciation Week in chalk with an apple sitting on the blackboard rail.

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!

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

We’re getting ready for the holiday puppet shows!

A photo of the Santa Claus and Belinda Bunny puppets from Foxy Christmas

We’re sprucing up the puppets and rehearsing the shows! Here are a few public performances coming up soon: 

Saturday, December 1,  12:00 and 2:00  Foxy Christmas                                 

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta 

https://childrensmuseumatlanta.org/event/foxy-christmas-with-piccadilly-puppets/

Saturday, December 8,  10:00 and 11:30 am. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas                

Aurora Children’s Playhouse, 128 E.Pike St, Lawrenceville.

 https://www.auroratheatre.com/productions-and-programs/view/twas-the-night-before-christmas