June 20 - July 23, 2017

Cinderella Della Circus


Clay Walker

Adapted and directed by Jon Ludwig


June 20 - July 23, 2017

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Sensory-Friendly Programming

Performer Headshots & Bios

Special Events


Ages 4+

Reduced-price Previews June 20 & 21 | No Shows July 4th

With high-flying thrills, Cinderella Della Circus brings puppetry and the circus together with fairytale magic.

Learning Themes: Folk/fairy tales, children’s literature, shared global culture, friendship

Puppetry Styles: Marionette, Rod, Shadow

Create-A-Puppet Workshop™: Stretcho Rod Puppet 

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Sensory-Friendly Programming

Sun, July 9, 2017

12-1pm: Museum exhibits
1pm: Performance
1:45-2:30pm: Create-A-Puppet Workshops

Guests will be welcomed by staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD.

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.

Performer Headshots & Bios

Luis R. Hernandez is so excited to perform his first full marionette show at the Center! He has previously appeared in Pete the Cat, Shake a Take Feather With Mother Goose (which he will be performing again later this summer), Peter Pan, SPACE!, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Beauty & the Beast, Charlotte’s Web, Winnie the Pooh, The Adventures of Mighty Bug, Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, and in the title role of Don Quixote. Some of his favorite past shows in Atlanta theatre include Spamalot (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), Inside I and The Navigator (7 Stages), The Boys Next Door (Georgia Ensemble Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (Stage Door) Guys and Dolls (Aurora Theatre), and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs (Theatre in the Square). He has also performed several times and directed a show for Teatro del Sol, Atlanta’s only professional Spanish language theatre, since its inception 10 years ago. You may have also seen him on the stages of Actor’s Express, Horizon Theatre, Synchronicity, Dad’s Garage, and The Shakespeare Tavern. His TV credits include Devious Maids (Lifetime) and NCIS: New Orleans (CBS).

Reay Kaplan has been a professional actress and puppeteer in Atlanta since 1999. Reay holds a B.S. in Acting from Syracuse University and a M.A. in Puppetry from the University of Connecticut. Her work has been seen in over 30 productions at the Center for Puppetry Arts, in addition to performances produced by the Alliance Theatre, 7 Stages, Synchronicity Theatre, Dad’s Garage and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Reay is thrilled to be working on this, her third under the Big Top with Cinderella Della Circus and would like to dedicate her performance to her Family Circus: Ethan, Eliza and Jeremy.


Amy Sweeney (Head Puppeteer) is excited to return to the tightrope for her third production of Cinderella Della Circus! This marks the end of her 10th year with the Center for Puppetry Arts! Her past Center performances include Pete the Cat, The Adventures of Mighty Bug, Old MacDonald’s Farm, The Little Pirate Mermaid, SPACE!, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, Charlotte’s Web, Stan the Lovesick Snowman, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, Ruth and the Green Book, The Adventures of Little Noodle, The Ugly Duckling, and Dinosaurs. Much love and hugs to her Mom and Dad, her MHP Tim, and her little circus performer Elora!

Tim Sweeney is thrilled to be back for another show. Past Center for Puppetry Arts performances include Pete the Cat, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type; Charlotte’s Web; Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat; Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™; Brer Rabbit and Friends; The Little Pirate Mermaid, SPACE!; Peter Pan; Rumpelstiltskin; Aladdin; Rainforest Adventures; Cinderella Della Circus; and The Ghastly Dreadfuls.

Emma Mathews (US) is thrilled to be making her puppetry debut in Cinderella Della Circus. She is a Theatre and Accounting major at the University of Georgia, where she was last seen onstage as Martha in Heathers: the Musical, as Katie in Boy Meets Girl, and in the ensemble of Jane Eyre. She is also the treasurer of UGA’s Children’s Theatre Troupe. When she’s not onstage, she spends her time in ballet class or making spreadsheets. Thank you for supporting the arts!

Jessica Le-McKeown (US) is a rising sophomore at Emory University pursuing a B.A. in Theater Studies. She is originally from Palo Alto, CA and was heavily involved in the theatre program at her high school, Henry M. Gunn, as well as Palo Alto Players, a local community theatre. There she worked on shows like A Midsummer Night's Dream, Our Town, and Death of a Salesman. In Atlanta, she has performed in two shows at Theater Emory: Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio) and Ravished (Titania). She is thrilled to be working with the Center for Puppetry Arts for the first time!

Special Events

Included with your all-inclusive ticket or admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum.
All events are from 10am to 3pm!

July 8   Circus Arts Day   
Members of Atlanta’s Circus Arts Institute will be on-site giving lessons in tightrope walking and scarf juggling. They will be joined by a stilt walker, who will roam the atrium on sky-high stilts.

July 15   Marionette Day  
Learn how to use a marionette! Patrons will have the opportunity to try their hand at a classic scarf marionette, a style made famous by the German master puppeteer Albrecht Roser.

July 22 Bring and Bedazzle Day  
In the spirit of Cinderella’s famous slippers, we invite you to Bedazzle your own shoes. We’ve partnered with Atlanta-area Shoe Carnival stores to offer a 30% discount on a new pair of shoes. Grab those before the show, then decorate them with us. We’ll provide all the Bedazzling supplies.