Thursday, February 17, 2011

More about… “The Banana Princess" by Galapagos Puppets - PST PREMIERE!

FEBRUARY SCHOOL VACATION WEEK Saturday, Sunday & Monday | February 19, 20 & 21 | Sat/Sun: 1PM & 3PM, Mon: 10:30AM & 1PM

About the show: The monk Tang and his disciples find their path to India blocked by a blazing fire mountain. Only a magical fan owned by the powerful Banana Princess can put out the fire, but she doesn’t want to lend it. The disciples use their powers of transformation and persuasion before finally winning the fan.

Please note that the Chang Chung Hsi ('theater of the palm of the hand') tradition includes "wen", or literary, characters such as princesses, scholars and emperors, as well as "wu" characters who are often warriors. Galapagos puppeteers include some of the skillful gungfu of the "wu" puppet tradition. Children may see sword or gungfu fighting in our shows, presented as contests of gungfu.

Performed with traditional Chang Chung Hsi puppets and choreography. This show is recommended for ages 5 and up.

About Galapagos Puppets: Margaret Moody loves the way two hands and a few puppets can present a whole story. She studied with master puppeteer Li Tien-lu of Taiwan for three years, and continues to use the intricate puppets and choreography of Chang Chung Hsi (‘theater of the palm of the hand’) in performance. Margaret lives in Arlington with her family and many puppets.

Galapagos Puppet Theater was founded in 1987 by Margaret Moody and Madeleine Beresford. Their work has been funded in part by grants from organizations such as the Henson Foundation and the Puffin Foundation.


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