Today is the International Day of Puppetry and Northwest Puppet Center continues to bring this art to folks near and far. This day was designated by Union International de la Marionette (a member group of UNESCO) and is celebrated by colleagues around the world. Northwest Puppet Center is proud to be actively involved with this international organization which is dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding and peace through puppetry.
Just this past weekend was the culmination of a massive undertaking at Caine College of the Arts, the staging of a puppet opera! With over 100 participants (students, faculty and guest artists) and hundreds of attendees, the project was a resounding success which uniquely brought together the Visual Arts, Theatre and Music departments. We hope it leads to more puppetry programs at Caine College. Sorry to all of our local fans but this production was only presented at Morgan Theatre on the campus in Logan, Utah. However, it did help renew our interest in bringing opera back to the stage at Northwest Puppet Center. This production at Caine College was dedicated to our beloved Music Director Margriet Tindemans.
Further across the globe, our colleagues at Israel’s Puppet Center have just posted a video which gives a glimpse into their museum where some of our puppets are currently on loan. See if you can recognize any puppets you’ve seen in Seattle:
Getting back to local projects, Northwest Puppet Center is pleased to have puppets from West Africa on display at Washington State Convention Center and puppets tied to the early years of Cornish College for the Arts are on display through May 1st as part of Cascadia Art Museum’s current exhibit:
Northwest Puppet Center is also working with Pratt Fine Arts Center to offer this carving class. If you’ve wanted to learn how to make a marionette, here is your chance to sign-up:
With all this happening, there has been a little break in the performances at the puppet center but the next show starts this weekend! Please join us for Oregon Shadow Theatre’s production of “Doc Chapeau meets the Gill Man” playing March 26th through April 10th. Tickets available at the box office or in advance:
Thank you for your interest in puppetry and the programs offered by our non-profit organization!