Center for Puppetry Arts Tour + The Ghastly Dreadfuls Seasonal Show

Thursday, 10/21/21 at 6:30pm

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Thursday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Puppetry Arts

Join friends for a pre-show guided tour of Midtown’s Center for Puppetry Arts led by parishioner Mary Brennan. We then will enjoy a safe viewing of The Ghastly Dreadfuls

Show Description: "Join The Ghastly Dreadfuls for a clever combination of ghost stories, catchy music, gothic aesthetic and grim humor. The show features seven talented performers, who each play instruments in a band, sing, dance, act and operate all the puppets with the utmost of ease. Though most of the songs and stories are humorous, they represent a broad range of storytelling and styles of puppetry, from the serious and moving 'The 11:59' (based on a short story by Patricia C. McKissack about a former Pullman porter who hears the ominous whistle of an infamous ghost train), to a fantastically silly graveyard dance set to Saint-Saëns’ 'Danse Macabre.'"

From Mary Brennan, parishioner and long-time volunteer with The Center for Puppetry Arts (and our tour guide!): "What’s not to love about a place where Kermit the Frog and Jim Henson cut the ceremonial opening ribbon in 1978? The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest American non-profit dedicated to puppetry, consisting of live puppet theater, the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, and an outstanding education department.

Our museum tour will start with the Global Collection and an introduction to types of puppets and the role they’ve played in the political, religious, and cultural histories around the world. From pre-Colombian figures to Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, the Center’s collection tells great stories that transcend the ages.

The Global Collection lays the groundwork for the second part of the tour, The Henson Collection. Jim Henson and his family have been great supporters of the Center since its beginning. This collection honors the work of the master Muppeteer’s early experimental work through the Muppets and creatures of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.

The Ghastly Dreadfuls uses live music, audience participation, and every form of puppetry to tell a series of horror stories from around the world. The museum tour will help you really appreciate the skill and creativity used to give you a night of unexpected frights. Be prepared for the best kind of seasonal fun!​"

The cost of this show is being subsidized by All Saints' to make it possible for parishioners to attend for only $10 per person (regular tickets cost $25); please sign up by September 30.

COVID-19 Protocols: The Center’s current safety protocols require that all guests present proof of vaccination. In addition, everyone MUST wear masks inside the facility. Groups at shows are being spaced out from each other in the theater (resulting in limited seating capacity). There are sanitation stations throughout the Center, and the theater is being rigorously cleaned and sanitized by our facilities staff in between shows.

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