Puppets Off Broad Street has much to be thankful for this year. We've reached major milestones, taken care of all kinds of legal hoops, and are finally ready to celebrate with some puppet shows!
I'm so excited about RVA Winter Puppetfest. It's our second year doing this, and there is already to much excitement. Ticket sales are about to go live, and we've already received a number of phone calls, emails, and general inquiries.
Our special guest puppet company this year is Crabgrass Puppets from Halifax, Vermont. They are the masterminds behind "The Pirate, the Princess, and the Pea."
The duo of Jamie Keithline and Bonny Hall have been creating shows since 1982 when they formed their company in San Francisco. to tour throughout the U.S., performing in schools, museums and theaters. Their performing venues have included the Detroit Institute of Art, the Smithsonian, Paper Mill Playhouse, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and dozens of regional and national puppetry festivals. Their work has garnered numerous awards including two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest honor in American puppetry.
OK. That's impressive. But what's really impressive is the SHOW, which I have seen four times now. It is hilarious, full of surprises and story twists that you will NOT expect, has sea monsters, lots of pirate swag, and it is beautiful to boot. Bonny Hall works with fabrics, dyes, and colors in a truly masterful way, and Jamie Keithline makes an awesome pirate. Their years of experience bring excellent timing, manipulation, and top-notch artistry to this fun performance.
Oh, and if that didn't convince you, then you should also know that this show won "Best Performance" at the National Puppetry Festival in Storrs, Connecticut this summer.
We truly hope you can make it out for a show to celebrate 2015 with us! "The Pirate, the Princess, and the Pea" shows Sunday, December 27th at 1pm and 3pm and on Monday, December 28th at 10:30am and 1pm. Tickets make great stocking stuffers.
Heidi Rugg is a puppet artist, mom, maker of stuff, and the founder of Puppets Off-Broad Street. Her company, Barefoot Puppet Theatre, has toured all over the country. She lives in Richmond's Northside with her husband, Sam, two daughters as different as rain and ribbons, a cat named Moxie, a lizard named Pepper, and a legion of nameless dust-bunnies.
Christopher Hudert is a is a versatile artist whose skills include script writing, sculpting, set and puppet construction, puppetry, clowning, stilt walking, juggling and much more. His company, Applause Unlimited, has toured extensively. He lives in Lakeside with his family.