Spring has arrived early, and if you’re ready to get out of the house, we’ve got you covered. This March, our calendar is packed with THREE Family Series productions, Explore Puppetry Series workshops, Women’s History Month celebrations, museum tours and so much more! Check out the schedule and make your plans to visit this March.
On stage through Mar. 4: Rainforest Adventures. It’s a jungle out there in this entertaining and enlightening peek at the amazing Amazonian rainforest. This show features many puppetry styles, including marionette and Czech Black, and is presented in the Mainstage Theater. The Create-A-Puppet Workshop is the Pink River Dolphin Marionette.
On stage Mar. 6-18: The Wizard of Oz. Celebrate America’s rich musical heritage as Dorothy travels down the Yellow Brick Road to find out why the Lion, the Tinman, and the Strawman are all singing the Blues. This show is presented by Frisch Marionettes in the Downstairs Theater and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop is the Trusty Toto Marionette.
On stage beginning Mar. 20: Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat. “It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how!” says the Cat in the tall red and white hat. All of your favorite moments from the classic Dr. Seuss tale come to life on stage. This show is presented in the Mainstage Theater and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop is the Cat in the Hat Shadow Puppet.
In the Worlds of Puppetry Museum all month: Guided tours of the museum take place Tuesday-Friday at 1 pm, Saturday at 11 am. Guided tours of the Jim Henson Collection take place Tuesday-Friday at 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm. Behind-the-scenes tours take place Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm.
Now open in the Special Exhibit Gallery: Indian Puppets: The Great Stories and Dancing Dolls! Indian Puppets celebrate the cultural range of India by exploring the diversity of puppetry techniques and genres across the subcontinent. Learn how puppetry has been used in India for over a millennium as an important storytelling tool, while seeing both traditional and contemporary pieces. This special exhibit is included with Museum admission.
Mar. 1: National Pig Day. Come say hi to Miss Piggy!
Mar. 2: Dr. Seuss was born on this day in 1904. Make sure to get your tickets to The Cat in the Hat!
Mar. 3: The Women of the Muppets panel. Celebrate Women’s History Month with a special lecture and discussion with women who made groundbreaking contributions to the work of the Jim Henson Company. Special guests include Sonia Manzano, Bonnie Erickson and Fran Brill, and the evening will be moderated by Karen Falk. Before the presentation, there will be a book signing with Sonia Manzano from 6 pm until 6:45 pm of her memoir Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx. Books will be for sale in our Museum Store.
Mar. 3: Zoomobile! Zoo Atlanta’s Zoomobile will be on site with animals native to the rain forest to celebrate World Wildlife Day. Included with your paid museum-only or all-inclusive Rainforest Adventures admission.
Mar. 6: Toddler Tuesday! This month’s theme is Dr. Seuss and Sounds! This interactive museum program is designed for ages 2-4, and includes special games, dancing and story time!
Mar. 12: Atlanta Science Festival: Puppets + S.T.E.M. = Science in Motion. Join us at the Center for Puppetry Arts as we celebrate the science of puppets! We invite you to take part in a super fun, hands-on exploration of the magical place where puppetry and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) collide. You'll see how the scientific method has inspired some of the coolest puppetry projects EVER, how technology is used to create our incredible Center for Puppetry Arts puppet shows, how engineering is harnessed to design and build puppets all over the world, and how math skills are applied in our Create-A-Puppet Workshops. You'll tour our Museum, build a puppet, and enjoy interactive STEM stations and live puppetry demonstrations. A fun-filled day -- guaranteed to educate, entertain, and inspire -- awaits! There will be timed ticketing for this event, with entries at 9:30 am, 10:30 am and 11:30 am. Ages 5-12.
Mar. 19: Explore Puppetry Series: Strings, Rods, Hands and Heels: Women in Puppetry. Presented by Kayla Wirtz, Public Historian, Museum Specialist, Puppet Aficionado. Women made a tremendous impact on American puppetry throughout the 20th century, and much of this history can be found in the Center for Puppetry Arts very own research library. Take a special look inside the Nancy Lohman Staub Research Library highlighting women’s broad contributions to American puppetry and the Marjorie Batchelder McPharlin collection. Learn about the history, and what it takes to protect it.
Mar. 20: Big Bird’s birthday! Come wish him a happy birthday in the museum.
Mar. 24: World Puppetry Day! The actual World Puppetry Day is on March 21, and we’re celebrating on Saturday with special museum activities and a global puppetry presentation.
Mar. 26: Explore Puppetry Series: Puppetry of India. Presented by Kathy Foley & Karen Smith. Indian puppetry ranges from ritual performances with the Goddess almost the only spectator to contemporary puppetry to raise environmental consciousness and everything in between. String-, glove-, rod- and shadow forms have evolved over millennia. The cultural and social backgrounds of selected theatres and the unique methods of manipulation (head rings that allow a puppeteer to “dance” becoming almost as a double of the figure, rod puppets supported by a waist harness, shadow puppets taller than humans). The relation of music, dance, myth, and the animated object will be highlighted. Modern performance in education, entertainment, and social service continues this long history and traditional puppeteers fight to retain their family heritage as high-rise developments threaten to displace them from areas the community has settled. Learn of the long and deep heritage of puppetry and its vibrant presence in Indian culture.