Thursday January 10, 2013

PUTNEY -- The 2013 Winter Sunshine Series of Family Performances kick off on Saturday, with Crabgrass Puppet Theatre’s presentation of "Jack and the Beanstalk." Performances are at 2 and 4 p.m., at Sandglass Theater.

Crabgrass Puppet Theatre’s hilarious retelling of the tallest of tales is full of fun and loaded with laughs. The whimsical stage houses a life-sized cow, a mysterious Funny Little Man and Jack’s ever-patient Mom.

Crabgrass Puppet Theatre’s innovative production of "Jack and the Beanstalk" is a feast of visuals and sound, with a stunning stage, big and beautiful puppets, a rhyme-spouting giant, a marvelous growing beanstalk and a delightful musical score.

Jamie Keithline and Bonny Hall of Halifax formed Crabgrass Puppet Theatre in San Francisco in 1982 and have delighted audiences across the nation with their humor and puppetry ever since. They have performed at the Detroit Institute of Art, the Smithsonian, Paper Mill Playhouse, Tribeca Performing Arts Center and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They have been awarded two Citations of Excellence from UNIMA-USA, the highest puppetry award in the United States, and in 2009, Hall was awarded a Design Commendation from the Arlyn Award Foundation.

This is the first performance in the 2013 Winter Sunshine Series of Family Performances at Sandglass. The series continues on Feb. 2 when Brad Shur of the Puppet Showplace Theater performs "The Magic Soup and Other Stories." On Feb. 23, Jim Napolitano of Nappy’s Puppets brings us "Shadows Around the World." On March 16, Magical Moonshine Theatre presents "Tales of Br’er Rabbit." And Sandglass Theater’s Ines Zeller Bass returns on April 6 with "Isidor’s Cheek."

All tickets are $8; reservations are recommended. Call the Sandglass box office at 802-387-4051.