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Friday, July 27, 2001


Puppet Showplace Theatre

33 Station Street, Brookline, Massachusetts

The Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline Village offers performances every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission is $8 per person. Located opposite the Brookline Village T station, at 33 Station Street, it is barrier-free, accessible to all children and adults.

· August 1 and 2 at 10:30 am and l p.m.: "Frog Prince" by John McDonough of Pumpernikel Puppets. Recommended for ages 4 and up

When a Prince is caught being mean to the animals, the magic tree turns him into a frog. Now the snooty princess must give him a kiss to turn him back. Yuck! Will she do it??? John is one of our favorite performers. Children love his unique versions of old tales, and they bounce with delight at his high energy performances. We have him back as often as we can.

· August 8 and 9 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Jack and the Beanstalk" by Michael Graham and his Spring Valley Puppets. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Beautifully designed, with clever scenic changes and a perfect script, this is the quintessential Jack and the Beanstalk. Watch as Jack trades his cow for a few magic beans. After the beanstalk grows overnight, Jack climbs to find adventure and to make his dreams come true. Along the way he meets a feisty and funny chicken, the magic harp, and one real rat of a giant.

· August 15 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.: "Bingo, the Circus Dog"by Paul Vincent Davis of Puppet Arts. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

A Modern Melodrama! Bingo, the Circus Dog has been dognapped by the jealous magician Fargo the Fantastic. Bingo's owner and trainer gets help from the other circus performers as he searches for and rescues his beloved dog.

· August 16 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.: "Aesop's Fables" by Sparky's Puppets. Recommended for ages 3 and up

Join the fun as Sparky's Puppets perform selected stories from Aesop's Fables. In "The Tortoise and the Hare", watch an exciting race between a sassy rabbit and a plodding tortoise. See what happens when a huge lion threatens a tiny mouse. Learn an important lesson from a boy who cries"Wolf" too many times. Afterwards, join in with the grasshopper's song in "The Grasshopper and the Ant".

·August 22 and 23 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.: "Anansi, Spiderman of Africa" by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

The classic and humorous tales of Anansi, the Spiderman of Africa. Take a colorful journey to Africa to meet Anansi the trickster and his friends. This award-winning show will tickle your funny bone and delight your eyes.

August 29 and 30 at 10:30 a.m. & l p.m.: " Moccasin Stew" by Maggie Whalen and her Magpie Puppets. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Adapted from a Southwest Native American folktale, Moccasin Stew is the story of Coyote, who is always outwitted by the creatures he tries to catch. Coyote is joined by a cast of characters that includes Hank, the rabbit chef; a Bluefish who sings the blues; a tricky Magic Fish;and a clever Quail who fools Coyote time and time again. A delightful tale that teaches lessons in forgiveness and resourcefulness.

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