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Orlando International Puppet Festival

posted Jun 21, 2009, 4:40 PM by David Goboff
Up in Orlando, during the month of July the Orlando Puppet Festival presents 5 puppet shows by international puppet artists and companies.  

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The Orlando International Puppet Festival
July 2009!  In conjunction with the 3rd Annual Target Family Theatre Festival!

WHAT: Orlando International Puppet Festival
Featuring performers from Spain, France, Canada, and Mexcio

WHEN: July 2009 (Please see dates/times below)

WHERE: The Orlando Repertory Theatre & The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre in Loch Haven Park 812 E Rollins St. Orlando, FL

TICKETS: Prices vary from $6 to $12. Please visit www.orlandorep.com or call 407-896-7365 Ext 1 to purchase tickets


          The Stork Man

SPAIN 
Show Title:  El Hombre Cigüeña (“The Stork Man”)
Performing Group:  Los Titiriteros de Binéfar 
Co-presented by MicheLee Puppets
Friday July 10, 2009 @ 2pm & 7pm with talkback
Recommended for ALL AGES
Goldman Theatre @ Orlando Shakespeare Theatre

Description:
A hobo helped by rudimentary objects relates the story of a fish-pond where a stork fishes. He believes himself to be a stork, too. Is he mad? He sings: “I'm a robber, a bird on the wing; while I still have a single feather, I'll keep flying. Animal rod puppets interact with live actors in this charming paean to the environment that stretches the boundaries of theatrical invention.
*This performance is funded in part by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.


                         Punchy Draw

FRANCE
Show Title: Poli Dégaine (“Punchy Draw”)
Performing Group: Compagnie La Pendue 
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 @ 2pm & 7pm
Recommended for ages 12 & up 
Tupperware Theatre @Orlando Repertory Theatre
Co-presented by The Orlando Repertory Theatre

Description:
Two puppeteers on the run bring a massive weapon of hilarity: Polichinelle, the most famous puppet in the world! With unbridled enthusiasm, they prepare to perform a traditional European entertainment whose exceptional qualities have been proclaimed for centuries. But, as planned, nothing goes as planned. Welcome to the hilarious frenzy of a new incarnation of Polichinelle, the French version of Mr. Punch, in which the club-wielding clown appears in his most wild outburst, in an explosive rhythm, provoking roars of laughter. The untamed Polichinelle laughs at everything… even Death!

And…



                            Dracula

Show Title: Nosferatu (“Dracula”)

Performing Group:  Bob Théâtre 
Co-presented by Pinocchio’s Marionette Theatre
Saturday July 25, 2009 @11am & 7pm with talkback
Recommended for ages 12 & up (no one under 8 admitted)
Goldman Theatre @ Orlando Shakespeare Theatre

Description:
Nosferatu, Bob Théâtre’s original adaptation of Dracula, tells the familiar story of a young clerk who travels late one night to the castle of a mysterious Count in Transylvania’s Carpathian Mountains. Using everyday objects from light bulbs to coffee grinders, Bob Théâtre explores the dark legend of cinema’s first and most enduring vampire.
*This performance is funded in part by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.


             The Box? A Show of Feelings

CANADA

Show Title: The Box? A Show of Feelings
Performing Group:  Coad Canada Puppets
Sunday July 26, 2009 @11am & 1pm
Recommended for ALL AGES
Goldman Theatre @ Orlando Shakespeare Theatre

Description:
In seven story-sequences the principal characters, a child and a dog, recreate in mime the eight emotions of Curiosity, Sadness, Frustration, Fear, Happiness, Anger, Loneliness, and Love. Each sequence is complete within itself yet the performance builds to a unified theatrical experience where each emotion is not just observed but is felt by the audience.



        Emilio & the Enchanted Cow

MEXICO

Show Title: Emilio and the Enchanted Cow
Performing Group:  By Marionetas de la Esquina
Sunday July 26, 2009  @ 4pm & 7pm
Recommended for ALL AGES
*1st Performance will be in Spanish
 Goldman Theatre @ Orlando Shakespeare Theatre

Description:
As a result of the separation of his parents, Emilio creates an imaginary friend, the Cow, who will help him accept his new life.  At 8 years old, Emilio must face the mysteries of an unknown island, surely inhabited by terrible monsters. Or as you and I might see it: a new city and a school of full strangers. Luckily, someone understands Emilio’s situation a little more optimistically than he does, his great and only friend, the Cow. The cow does everything Emilio doesn’t dare to do because of his insecurity, shyness, and fear of rejection.  Although the cow provides him with options for survival in the mean new world he’s been thrown into, at the end of the day, Emilio will be the one who must take responsibility for himself, and to see his new world as a place offering new experiences, and new friends who will help him to overcome the challenges that face him.

All shows will include either talkback or workshop.
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