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African Folktales in the Trickster Tradition


Trickster folktales are told in different cultures throughout the world – they tease and we learn. In this hands-on, interactive program, meet Anansi the Spider, a favorite trickster folk hero from the country of Ghana in West Africa. Our presenter uses pictures and movement exercises to engage and enlist the audience in reenacting Anansi stories, as told through Gerald McDermont’s Caldecott-winning children’s book. A brilliantly-colored shadow puppet short film then brings Anansi to life in another story where he’s joined by Sister Mud Turtle. The program concludes with an interactive puppet-making activity to create your very own Anansi Shadow Puppet!

Tickets must be purchased at least one hour prior to event to receive Zoom link and puppet-making materials list. Please support the Center by purchasing a ticket for everyone who’ll be enjoying this presentation.

Click below to get a sneak peek at the show!

Jeffrey Zwartjes
Digital Learning Artist-In-Residence
Jeffrey Zwartjes
Jeffrey C. Zwartjes is an Atlanta-based theater artist/illustrator/puppeteer from San Antonio, TX; B.F.A., Illustration from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Created & built the sets for the 2005 “puppet-noir” film The Lady From Sockholm, installed an underwater-themed playscape for the Alliance’s Theatre for the Very Young (Blub, Blub, 2015), most recently set designed at Kennesaw State U (Peter & the Starcatcher). Also a freelance illustrator & comic artist; illustrated over a dozen educators’ resource titles for Mar*Co Products & the children’s book “Irene the Elephant” by Geri Guadagno (New City Press).

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The Center for Puppetry Arts is pleased to include American Sign Language-Interpreted Performances and Audio-Described Performances in our 2022-2023 season. Scheduled performances are listed below.

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