PUTNEY -- The 2014 Winter Sunshine Series of Family Performances at Sandglass Theater continues on Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m., with "The Legend of the Banana Kid" by the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers of Bar Harbor, Maine.
Evil-doers beware: there’s a new kid in town, and he’s loaded with attitude and fruit. The new hero of the Wild West is none other than the Banana Kid, and you don’t want to mess with him unless you enjoy getting beaned by one of his boomerang bananas. In "The Legend of the Banana Kid," Little Chucky, a young TV Western fan, meets a mysterious cowboy who takes him to a remote Western town that is being harassed by a seedy group of outlaws. Chucky, pretending to be a local hero, rides into town on his trusty goat, outsmarts the thugs and brings justice back to the town using bananas as his weapon of choice.
The Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers are three siblings, Eric, Brian and Robin Torbeck. They performed their first puppet shows with stuffed animals in their basement as kids, but a long time went by before they started up again in the late-90s.
"We’ve been wanting to bring the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers to Winter Sunshine for years," says series co-curator Jamie Keithline. "They do some of the finest and funniest shows we’ve ever seen, and ‘The Banana Kid’ is one of their best."
Tickets are $8. There are only 60 seats available for each performance and reservations are recommended. Call the Sandglass box office at 387-4051 for reservations and more information.
The 2014 Winter Sunshine Series of Family Performances is a collaboration between Crabgrass Puppet Theater, Puppetwork New England and Sandglass Theater, and is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. The mission of the series is to present world-class puppetry for family audiences in and around Southern Vermont.