PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Prospecting

Puppet mania hangs out at Fairytale Town

By April 25, 2011

What: Annual Puppet Festival
When: Wednesdays – Sundays, April 23-June 26
Time: Weekdays at 10:30, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., weekends at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, 95822
Cost: General Admission $4 weekdays/ $4.50 weekends and holidays
(Additional charge for Puppet Art Theater: $1 members/$2 nonmembers)
Contact Phone: 916-808-7462
Contact e-mail: [email protected]
Website: fairytaletown.org

Delighting the hearts and spirits of children of all ages, the annual Puppet Festival, has returned to the Children’s Theater at Fairytale Town.

For more than 20 years, Puppet Art Theater has been performing at Fairytale Town. During the 10 week series, five unique puppet shows will be presented by Art Grueneberger’s, award-winning, Puppet Art Theater.

The classic story, “The Three Little Pigs,” April 27-May 8, has the three pigs striking out on their own looking to have fun adventures. But first, they must build houses for themselves. Straw, sticks, bricks, and a huffing and puffing Big Bad Wolf add up to hilarity and mayhem in this adaptation.

On May 11-22, “Tommy’s Train Troubles” takes the stage. Tommy has never been more bored. He thought his train trip to his aunt’s house would be quite an adventure but it was nothing like he expected until an old conductor tells Tommy the train they are traveling on is carrying a load of gold to Fort Knox. Join Tommy as he tries to protect the gold from the infamous train robber, Stinky Cheese Velveeta.

“The Boy Who Cried Wolf, May 25-June 5, is a zany, updated version of a classic tale. The boy is bored watching his lamb and decides to make things more exciting by turning on his dad’s wolf alarm, the “Wolf Alert 3000.” Tricking his dad is all fun and games until a real wolf shows up. Will the audience help the boy escape from the wolf?

The final show of the series, “Jack and the Bean Stalk,” June 8-June 26, is another well-loved classic. Jack has traded his cow for magic wishing beans much to his mother’s dismay. In frustration, Jack’s mom tosses the beans out the window where they grow into a huge beanstalk. Jack goes up the beanstalk and the adventure begins.

Performances are offered, Wednesdays through Sundays. Weekday show times are: 10:30, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Weekend show times are: 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. In addition to paid park admission, tickets are $1 members and $2 nonmembers. Children 1 and under are free.

Puppet Art Theater Co. was founded in 1994 by Art Grueneberger who serves as artistic director. Grueneberger has puppeteered for many film, television and video projects. His puppet productions have been seen by thousands of audiences across the United States. His shows have toured internationally and also include adult productions seen in local venues such as Zeum Theater in San Francisco, and the Mondavi Center at UC Davis.

For more information about Art Grueneberger and Puppet Art Theater visit puppetarts.com.

Fairytale Town is a community-based non-profit organization supported by park admissions, memberships, charitable contributions, and planned gifts. One-Hundred percent of tax-deductible donations support Fairytale Town activities, educational programs and improvements.

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