The Classic Children’s Book Adaptation, Stellaluna, Returns to the Center for Puppetry Arts 

March 26-May 19 

ATLANTA (March 2024) – The Center for Puppetry Arts is excited to announce the return of Stellaluna to the stage. Adapted by Center for Puppetry Arts Artistic Director Jon Ludwig and based on the best-selling book by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna explores themes of diversity, inclusion, and self-acceptance. “It’s a classic story of finding one’s place in the world and accepting others for what and who they are,” says Ludwig. Presented by Kaiser Permanente, Stellaluna comes to life March 16-May19 through the use of tabletop, rod, marionette, and shadow puppetry. 

Stellaluna follows the journey of a baby fruit bat who, after an unexpected fall into a nest of bird fledglings, must navigate the challenges of fitting into a world where she doesn’t quite belong. While Stellaluna tries her best to live like the birds in her adoptive family, the baby bat secretly yearns for her nocturnal way. Her struggle draws audiences into a tale that celebrates the bonds of friendship and the joy of self-discovery. Amidst moments of humor, adventure, and heartfelt emotion, Stellaluna’s journey reminds us that true acceptance comes from understanding and respect for one another’s differences. 

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performances are scheduled for April 21, Audio-Described Performances for April 28, and Sensory-Friendly Sunday performances for May 5. To learn more, visit:  

All-inclusive tickets for Stellaluna are $16-$25 for both Adults and Children (ages 2-12) with reduced pricing for March 26-27 performances. Performance tickets include admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, free onsite parking, and a Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ activity where guests can make their own Stellaluna Rod & String Puppet based on a character in the show. VIP tickets are also available and include premiere seating. 

This production of Stellaluna is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. The Center for Puppetry Arts is proud to partner with Kaiser Permanente to keep the arts a part of healthy communities. 

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Center for Puppetry Arts® is a unique cultural treasure – a magical place where children and adults are educated, enlightened, and entertained. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched the lives of many through enchanting performances, curriculum-based workshops, and the hands-on Museum as well as Digital Learning and Outreach programs. Center for Puppetry Arts is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization supported partly by contributions from corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. These programs are also partly supported by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Center is a member of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA/USA/ASSITEJ). The Center also serves as the headquarters of UNIMA-USA, the American branch of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the international puppetry organization. 

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