With restrictions easing and our puppeteers vaccinated, we are doing more in-person shows and have added in-person workshops back into the mix. We are still offering virtual shows, too!
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!
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.
Puppetry combines visual and performing arts to inspire creativity. Puppets can be or do anything!
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.