Thursday February 21, 2013

PUTNEY -- On Saturday, at 2 and 4 p.m., Jim Napolitano of Nappy’s Puppets presents his unique vision of the ancient art of shadow puppetry with "Shadows From Around the World," part of the 2013 Winter Sunshine Series of Family Performances at Sandglass.

Nappy’s Puppets is dedicated to producing quality shadow theater performances that entertain and educate audiences. Scholarly content plays second fiddle to sheer fun, however, when Nappy comes to town. The stories in the show include "The Great Big Enormous Turnip" (a Russian tale); "The Baby Elephant Walk" (France); "Karagoz and the Three Wishes" (Turkey); and the "Legend of the First Shadow Puppet" (China).

"We’ve had Jim at Sandglass several times, and each visit has been a great success," says series co-producer Bonny Hall of Crabgrass Puppet Theatre. "Jim takes an ancient and extremely challenging form of puppetry and comes up with shows that are hysterically funny and amazingly skillful. It is rare to see this style of theater done so well. His performances are tremendous fun, very skillful, and a terrific time is had by all."

Napolitano is a native of Milford, Conn., and a graduate of the University of Connecticut’s Puppet Arts Program. He has performed around the country and around the world, including The National Culture Center in Japan and The National Theater in Taiwan. In addition to his work in theaters, Napolitano has extensive television experience. He has worked on the PBS show "Between The Lions" and Disney’s "The Book Of Pooh," as well as programs for Scholastic Home Video and HBO Pictures.

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