The spooky season is here, and we’re feeling festive. 🎃 We are so excited welcome back our annual Halloween show, The Ghastly Dreadfuls, and kick off this season’s run with our first-ever Halloween party, The Ghastly Gathering. Of course, our regular Family Series offerings and workshops are also on the schedule, so October promises to be a blast for all ages. Check it out and plan to join us this fall!
Family Series on stage through Oct. 22: Charlotte’s Web. E.B. White’s award-winning tale of unlikely friendship will have you cheering, “Terrific, terrific, terrific!” Produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING, Woodstock, Illinois. This show is presented in Mainstage Theater, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop is the Gabby Goose Rod Puppet.
Family Series on stage beginning Oct. 25: Three Little Pigs and More. Fantastic folk tales from around the world come to life with a menagerie of zany characters and a variety of puppetry styles! Featuring The Frog Prince from Germany, Three Billy Goats Gruff from Scandinavia, and The Three Little Pigs from England. Hailed by the Atlanta Journal Constitution for a “quick-draw wit…as colorful as his puppets,” solo performer Drew Allison returns to the Center’s stage with this perennial favorite. This show is presented in the Downstairs Theater, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop is the Giddy Goat Hand Puppet.
New Directions Series on stage Oct. 11-28: The Ghastly Dreadfuls. They’re back! Some shows just can’t stay dead! Your favorite band of specters has returned and is ready to celebrate Halloween with a cavalcade of creepy stories, frightful songs, and devilish dances from around the world and beyond this mortal plane. Featuring new stories and old favorites, this ghostly jamboree is dreadfully fun for the living AND the dead. This show is presented in the Downstairs Theater.
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.
10/1: This is the FINAL day to see the special exhibit Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Journey to Goblin City!
10/1: Charlotte’s Web: a sensory-friendly performance. Performance alterations include theater lights dimmed down but not out, consistent sound levels and lower volume of show soundtrack, freedom for children to talk and to leave their seat if necessary, a quiet zone in the lobby, and permission to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages. Create-A-Puppet Workshop classrooms will be brighter, quieter, and feature less-messy puppet building materials and slightly simplified puppet designs. This modified programming also extends to include our expanded Museum, where lighting will be adjusted and specialized educational activities (such as touch tables and guided storytelling) will be integrated. Fidget toys and sound-reducing headphones will also be available. Learn more about our ASD programming here.
10/3: Toddler Tuesday: Museum in Motion occurs the first Tuesday of every month. This month’s theme: Farm Animals! We’ll have interactive museum activities, dancing, story time and more. Capacity is limited so book early!
10/7: Join us to kick off the Halloween season with The Ghastly Ghathering! Mingle with the Ghastly Dreadfuls and enjoy free food at our first-ever Halloween party. We’ll have ghoulish activities (like ghost story telling and a crystal ball), a spooky self-guided museum tour like you’ve never seen before, live music, dancing and more. Everyone who buys a ticket in advance will receive one free drink!
10/8: Join us for a special Girl Scout program including and following the 1 pm performance of Charlotte’s Web. Girl Scouts will earn all four STEM patches.
10/15: Animatronic Karakuri Playshop (Junior Explorers Series). When Portuguese explorers reached Japan in the 16th century, Japanese craftsmen were inspired to use cam and gear mechanisms they saw in western clockwork to create mechanically animated figures known as karakuri. Participants in this workshop will develop puppet characters while customizing a hobby horse karakuri from a kit that introduces cam mechanisms. They will also learn to connect power, inputs, wires, and outputs in appropriate sequence by building circuits with littleBits.
10/21: Join us for the 11 am or 1 pm performances of Charlotte’s Web, and build your own Witch MiniFig with LEGOLAND Atlanta! FREE with paid admission. 10 am-1 pm
10/29: Three Little Pigs and More: a sensory-friendly performance. Learn about our ASD programming here.