Apr 2–May 26, 2019

Harold and the Purple Crayon


Center for Puppetry Arts

Based on the books by Crockett Johnson  

Adapted for the puppet stage by Jon Ludwig

All rights reserved by The Ruth Krauss Foundation, Inc., Stewart Edelstein, President.

Performance Dates

Apr 2–May 26, 2019

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Sensory-Friendly Programming

Book List



Ages 4+

Reduced-Price Previews April 2 | No Shows April 21

A curious young boy has the power to create anything he can imagine, simply by drawing it with his oversized purple crayon. The Center for Puppetry Arts is thrilled to announce the world premiere of our original adaptation of Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Based on the beloved book series by Crockett Johnson, this production combines the latest in projection technology with blacklight puppetry to enable Harold to create his world live on stage - in real time. From enchanted gardens to a circus and wild ride to the moon, see where Harold and his crayon can take you!

Learning Themes: Adventure, imagination, self-reliance, visual art

Puppetry Styles: Blacklight, Rod

Create-A-Puppet Workshop™: Magnificent Mouse Tabletop Puppet

Mainstage Theater

This program is supported in part by:

The David, Helen and Marian Woodward Foundation

Cheryl Henson


Sensory-Friendly Programming

Sun, April 14, 2019

12-5pm: Museum exhibits
1pm & 3pm: Performances
12-5pm: 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.

Noise-reducing headphones, sunglasses, and fidget toys are available upon request, and social stories are available for download on our website.

This program is supported in part by:

Cheryl Henson

Book List

Below are the stories that will be adapted and included in the Center's production of Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold and his crayon are introduced. His drawings get him in and out of trouble. This is Harold's first journey. He draws a hungry moose, a deserving porcupine, and a scary dragon

Harold’s Fairy Tale 
Harold discovers an enchanted garden but nothing is growing. So, Harold goes on a quest to see the King and discovers a Witch Giant has been trampling the garden. With his purple crayon, Harold saves the day.

Harold’s Trip to the Sky
Harold goes on a wild ride on a rocket to the moon and beyond including a visit from a crazy looking Martian.

Harold’s Circus 
Harold's imagination takes him to the circus. He meets a friendly elephant, a beautiful trick horse, a hilarious clown and he gets shot out of a cannon.

A Picture for Harold’s Room
What Harold's room needs is a picture. With his purple crayon, Harold travels past the moon, walks over hills and creates many wonderful things.


Jimmica Collins is excited to be returning for her 4th production with Center for Puppetry Arts! You may have seen her as Mary Mary in Mother Goose, or last summer as Cutie in Aesop's Fables. Other Atlanta credits include: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Fancy Nancy the Musical, Lyle the Crocodile (Synchronicity Theatre), The Bridges of Madison County (Aurora Theatre), Freed Spirits (Horizon Theatre), Company the Musical (Actor's Express), Oliver the Musical (Fabrefaction Theatre),The Old Ship of Zion (Essential Theatre), and Broken (Rising Sage Theatre). Jimmica holds a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Brian Harrison is thrilled to help bring this story to the stage! Brian was previously seen in the Centers production of Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type and will appear in the Centers annual Christmas story Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™.  Brian thanks all of the artists and art lovers that help make the magic happen. Enjoy the show!

Jake Krakovsky is delighted to return to the Center for Puppetry Arts, where he has previously been seen in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ and Aesop’s Carnival. A lifelong ATLien, Jake is fortunate to have collaborated with artists and companies around the city as an actor, puppeteer, director, playwright, coach, and teaching artist.

Most recently Jake served as puppetry coach (and performed as an understudy) on Hand to God at the Alliance Theatre. He spent the summer in Arezzo, Italy at the Accademia dell'Arte, where he received a resident fellowship to work and train in devised physical theater. Upcoming: Play the Play with Cat the Cat (Alliance Theatre’s “Theater for the Very Young” series).

Infinite endless love to his friends and family for their support. Be brave enough to be kind.

Reay Kaplan has been a professional actress and puppeteer in Atlanta since 1999. Reay holds a B.S. in Acting from Syracuse University and an 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. 


Tim Sweeney is delighted to be back at the Center for Puppetry Arts where he began his career nearly twenty years ago. Previous Center performance include The Little Pirate MermaidCinderella Della CircusSpace!Mighty BugRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Peter PanPete the CatCharlotte’s WebRumplestiltskinStan the Lovesick Snowman, and The Ghastly Dreadfuls, among others. He has also directed Rudolph (2015-2018), Peter Pan (2018), and Charlotte’s Web (2017) and serves as the Program Director for Xperimental Puppetry Theatre. He would like to thank Jon Ludwig for all the wonderful opportunities to learn and grow as an artist he’s received over the years, all the Center Staff, and his family for their support. Big shout outs to my girls Elora and Stella and my better half, Amy Sweeney!


Amy Sweeney (Understudy) 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!