Monday, December 23, 2013

Spring Valley Puppet Theater performs Snowy Stories!


"A Holiday Fantasy" 
by Spring Valley Puppet Theater
Mon & Tues, Dec 23 & 24 at 10:30am & 1pm


Up next in Puppet Showplace Theatre's "Snowy Stories" series is a lively holiday themed performance by the award-winning Spring Valley Puppet Theater of New Haven, CT.  Enjoy two stories featuring beautifully hand crafted puppets made by Michael Graham, who also performs the entire show solo.  Stay after the show for an exciting demonstration where Michael shares all of the tricks and special effects in the show!

The "Snowy Stories" series at Puppet Showplace is sponsored by Bright Horizions at Brookline.

"A Holiday Fantasy" by Spring Valley Puppet Theater"

About the show: Enchanted toys, fairy magic and a clever mouse are just some of the wonderful characters you will meet in “A Holiday Fantasy,” an original puppet production by Michael Graham’s Spring Valley Puppet Theater. The story unfolds to the beautiful classical music of Massenet, Glazunov, Lecocq and more! Then, what would YOU do if a magical elf gave you three wishes? That’s just what happens to Henry and Gretchen in “The Three Wishes,” a folktale favorite featuring beautifully crafted hand and rod puppets, colorful scenic design, special effects, and plenty of magical plot twists!

A doll dances to life in "A Holiday Fantasy" by Spring Valley Puppet Theater

About the performer: Michael Graham has performed with puppets since he was a young boy. He founded the Spring Valley Puppet Theater in 1977. Since then, he has performed throughout New England, primarily for schools and libraries. His work has been featured numerous times at regional and national festivals of the Puppeteers of America, and he is a recipient of the prestigious UNIMA citation of excellence.

Mouse from "A Holiday Fantasy"
Michael designs and makes all of his puppets by hand, writes his own scripts, creates the scenery, and performs many of the voices. He graduated from Western Connecticut State College with a degree in Elementary Education and Spanish, and has created many bilingual adaptations of folk tales.

Michael has been a guest instructor at the University of Connecticut Puppet Arts program, the Institute of Professional Puppetry Arts (IPPA) at the O'Neill Theatre Center, and has presented casting and hand puppet construction workshops for puppetry guilds in Connecticut and Massachusetts.


Allpro puppets said...

Interesting characters, always love to see innovative designs for puppets

Puppet Showplace Theatre said...

Thank you! We present a wide range of puppetry styles from glove puppets, to marionettes, shadow puppets, even toy theatre and mask-All with amazingly unique characters!