Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"No Strings Attached" Puppet Festival

The City Library Presents Tenth Annual “No Strings Attached” Puppetry Festival

Two days of performances and activities celebrate puppetry in Salt Lake City


February 28, 2012, SALT LAKE CITY -- The City Library is proud to present the tenth annual “No Strings Attached” puppetry festival March 10 and 11 at the Main Library. The award-winning Maritime Marionettes from Nova Scotia will headline the festival with their production of Igor Stravinksy’s Petrouchka.  

Petrouchka, an extraordinary puppet ballet, features 23 marionette characters telling the story of downtrodden puppet Petrouchka. Designed and executed by puppeteers Heather and Darryll Taylor, choreographer Mary Lou Martin and costume designer Jacqueline Allen, it is a true tour de force. The show has received rave reviews since its premiere in May of 1999. Preceding the headlining event, patrons can join Cecile Forsberg of the Utah Symphony for a discussion of Igor Stravinsky and Petrouchka, which will offer great insight to the performance.

Additional highlights of the festival include The City Library’s own Whizgiggle puppets performing the “Late Night Laugh-a-Thon,” The Puppet Players presenting two performances designed especially for children, Maxed Out Puppetry, Constant Moon Puppet Co., Freddie Spencer the String Man, Salt Lake Adult Puppet Theatre, and many more.

Numerous all-day activities are available, including a display of international puppets from the Berlin Puppetry Museum in the Special Collections Room on Level 4.

There will be “take and make” bag puppet materials available outside the Children’s Library, books on puppetry available to checkout, and puppets available for sale outside the Library Store.

This exciting event is made possible with special thanks to the Friends of the City Library, WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, Salt City Arts Council, and the Utah Symphony & Opera.  

Please see www.slcpl.org/nostrings for a full listing of the festival’s events.

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