Puppet Show | Ages 4-12 | center
A Brand New Production
Based on the book by Janell Cannon Adapted by Jon Ludwig
When Stellaluna unexpectedly falls into the middle of a bird family’s home, the baby bat is graciously accepted as one of them—as long as she acts like a bird. This world premiere adaptation celebrates self-discoveries, unlikely friendships, and how we can be so different yet feel so much the same.
Lauded by the National Education Association as a “Teacher’s Top 100 Books for Children.”
Themes: Animals (fruit bats, birds), family, celebrating differences
Puppetry Styles: Rod, Overt Puppetry
Create-A-Puppet™ Workshops: Stellaluna Rod & String Puppet
About Our Sensory-Friendly Sundays
Join us for “come as you are” programming, perfect for guests with sensory sensitivities (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder) and guests with unique learning needs.
Performance alterations include adjusted lights and sounds, freedom to talk and to leave seats, a quiet zone in the lobby, and permission to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages. Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ classrooms feature less-messy puppet building materials and slightly simplified puppet designs.
Worlds of Puppetry Museum exhibits featured modified lighting and specialized educational activities. Noise-reducing headphones, sunglasses, and fidget toys are available upon request, and social stories are available for download on our website.
- Worlds of Puppetry Museum Exhibits: 12-5pm
- Performances: 1pm & 3pm
- Create-A-Puppet Workshops™: 12-5pm
Meet the Artists
Jimmica Collins is excited to be returning to the Center for Puppetry Arts. You may have seen her as Hot Biscuit Betty in Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show, 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.
Luis R. Hernandez has previously appeared at the Center in Mother Goose (2018 Suzi Bass Award Nominee), Cinderella Della Circus, Pete the Cat, 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. 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), Dynasty (CW), 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.
Amy Sweeney has been a puppeteer here at the Center for the past 12 years. Her past productions include: Click, Clack, Moo; Cows That Type, Pete the Cat, Cat in the Hat, Mighty Bug, Stan the Lovesick Snowman, Ruth and the Green Book, The Adventures of Little Noodle and many more. Much love to her husband Tim and her chickadees Elora and Stella. Lots and of love to her Mom and Dad for all of their support!
Tim Sweeney is glad to be back perfuming in another Center production. He’s been in quite a few over the years. 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.