June 11-July 28

Beauty and the Beast


Clay Walker

Adapted by Jon Ludwig

Performance Dates

June 11-July 28

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Sensory-Friendly Programming



Ages 4+

Reduced-Price Previews June 11 & 12
No shows July 4

Trash is turned into treasure and true love prevails when this classic tale hip-hops its way into a modern day city complete with alley cats, beauty shops, and exercise videos!

Themes: Fables/folktales, friendship, families, urban neighborhoods

Puppetry Styles: Found object, Czech black

Create-A-Puppet Workshop™: Burly Beast Rod Puppet

Sensory-Friendly Programming

Sun, July 21

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



Dolph Amick is an Atlanta actor, puppeteer, composer, and musician. Favorite Center appearances include the role of The Cat in Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat; Templeton in Charlotte’s Web; Br’er Fox in Brer Rabbit and Friends; Sam the Snowman and Yukon Cornelius in Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer; and Dr. Hezekiah Bigelow in Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show. Scores composed and performed by Dolph for the Center include Harold and the Purple Crayon; Pete the CatThe Tortoise, the Hare & Other Aesop's Fables; Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type; and the Suzi Bass Award-winning shows Old MacDonald’s Farm and Mother Goose. His latest country hip-hop album, Goodwill Sugar Daddy, is available for download on iTunes and CDBaby.

Dolph would like to give special thanks and love to Center patron Jo Steiner for her amazingly generous support; to his son, Valentine, the reason Dolph gets out of bed in the morning (figuratively and literally); and to stage manager extraordinaire Jessica Lewis, who has saved him from countless tough situations with her steady nerve, skilled tweezers, patient ears, loans of pencils, quick mixing decisions, QLab expertise, sage advice, wry humor, and genuine warmth.


Jimmica Collins (Beauty) is excited to be returning for her 5th production with The Center for Puppetry Arts. You may have seen her as Hot Biscuit Betty in Tall Tales, Mary Mary in Mother Goose, or last summer as Cutie in Aesop's Fables. Other Atlanta credits include: Harold and the Purple Crayon (Center for Puppetry Arts), 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. 


Greg Hunter is thrilled to be making his debut at the Center for Puppetry Arts.  His most recent credits include I and You at the Wharton Center in Michigan, A Year With Frog and Toad, and Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds, both at Synchronicity theatre.  Greg thanks his family and friends for their support, and he hopes you thoroughly enjoy Beauty and the Beast


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.  Reay is thrilled to be returning to the junkyard for her third production of Beauty and the Beast at the Center. 


Amy Sweeney has been a puppeteer here at the Center for the past 12 years. You may have seen her in past productions like Click, Clack, Moo; Cows That TypePete the Cat, Cat in the Hat, Mighty Bug, Ruth and the Green Book, The Adventures of Little Noodle and many more. She sends love out to her husband Tim and her girls Elora and Stella. Much love to her Mom and Dad for all of their support!


Tim Sweeney is glad to be back performing in another Center production. He’s been in quite a few over the years, most recently Harold and the Purple Crayon. Thanks to everyone at the Center who works to make these shows possible and to my family for their support especially my wife Amy and my girls Elora and Stella.