PuppetSpeak! will be presented in two parts. The morning program is designed for families and children ages 5 to 11. Rolande Duprey and Purple Rock Productions will perform "Ecological Logic," a tale of the sea that powerfully illustrates the message that if we save the earth, the earth will save us.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the Arts Center at Killingworth is hosting a day of provocative puppetry performances and workshops for all ages, which have been designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment.
"The state is really a hot spot for this artistry," Nair stated.
The evening session is more appropriate for ages 11 and up. Following the performance, Nidz will take questions from the audience.
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present a message about war, our relationship to the earth and with each other.
Duprey has a MFA in puppetry from The University of Connecticut and Nidz was the first graduate of The Institute of Professional Puppetry Arts MFA degree program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and Connecticut College.
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PuppetSpeak! will take place Saturday, April 24, at the Deep River Town Hall Theater, 174 Main St., and is made possible with support from the Connecticut Commission on Culture Tourism, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Seating is limited.
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Barbara Nair, artistic director for the Arts Center at Killingworth, said that most people are unaware of the high level of puppetry going on in Connecticut.
familiar with Elmo and Sesame Street, but with Broadway shows like "Avenue Q" and "Lion King" becoming popular, adults are beginning to appreciate this provoking art form.
Puppetry is a unique art form that combines writing, acting, designing sets and building puppets. The artists need to be multi facetted, providing everything from lighting to music and sound for their performances.
The morning session ends with the screening of the award winning documentary, "The Puppeteer," which chronicles the life of Igor Fokin, a talented artist and street performer who flees the Soviet Union to pursue his passion in America. Fokin was trained by the last surviving Master of the Russian Marionette Theater and his life is poignantly depicted in the film and follows a dramatic turn of events, leaving the viewers to reflect on life, art and the pursuit of dreams, according to the films promotional materials.
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Duprey is an award winning performer, designer and teacher who has worked nationally with numerous schools, colleges and performance groups. Four other puppeteers will join her for the performance and they will be accompanied by live music.
The evening session will work in reverse, with a free screening of "The Puppeteer" first, followed by a workshop led by puppeteer Bobbi Nidz on the handling of a variety of puppets.
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