Thistle Theatre presents: "Hanako and the Cherry Tree"
(The Pitfalls Of Mr. Yama)
Puppets tell Bizarre tale from Japan!
WHO: Thistle Theatre a puppet theatre for families
WHAT: Hanako and the Cherry Tree (The Pitfalls of Mr. Yama)
WHERE AND WHEN:
Performance Schedule and Ticket Information.
Bellevue Youth Theatre:
16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008
Mar. 3, 4 (2:00PM & 4:00PM)
7120 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Mar. 10, 11 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)
Sunset Hill Community Club:
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Mar. 16 (7:30) Mar. 17, 18 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)
Children and Seniors – $8.00
General Admission – $9.00
Description of Story:
Mr.Yama, a wealthy miser, meets a young girl who has climbed his cherry tree to retrieve her kite. Unwilling to share any of the tree’s bounty, Mr. Yama accidentally swallows a cherry pit and a tree grows out of his head! A bizarre series of events follow including encounters with mythical Japanese creatures including a Tengu (a mountain goblin), an Oni (ogre) and a serpent! Humor, danger and excitement fill this tall tale told with Bunraku, shadow and blacklight puppets.
Thistle Theatre is the only performing arts organization in the Pacific Northwest that specializes in Bunraku puppets, an ancient Japanese style of puppetry. The puppeteers, dressed head-to-toe in black to suggest invisibility, operate all of the character’s limbs by hand from behind. Lisa Haslbauer, Brian Stabile and Gina Wilhelm are the puppeteers in the production directed by Jean Enticknap.