Putney's Sandglass Theater hosts Puppets in Paradise


PUTNEY >> Sandglass Theater is celebrating 30 years in Vermont. The occasion will be celebrated at Puppets In Paradise, Sept. 10th and 11. This special event encompasses two days of puppetry, food and performance in the enchanted garden of landscape architects Gordon and Mary Hayward. Join in a walk through the gardens, enjoy the sight and aroma of herbs, flowers, and other beautiful flora and meet puppets, theater artists, and musicians around each corner and behind every bush. Food and refreshments add to the delight of a beautiful day.

Sandglass announces the return of kite flyer Curtiss Lee Mitchell, from AwareNest Productions. He is a globally renowned artist specializing in kites, puppetry, and lighting/projection design from Orlando, Fla. He is known to use any medium appropriate to make messages soar and will be flying his beautifully crafted kites in the field among the fruit trees. And as a special gift this year, Mitchell will be presenting a hand-crafted, original Sandglass kite, which will be for sale over the weekend as a fundraiser to Sandglass.

Lissa Weinmann and John Loggia of Brattleboro's 118 Elliot Street will be joining the creative team with "Henry In Paradise," a piece in which Henry Miller reminisces and ruminates. Coni Richards and Madeline Fan, will present a new performance in the style of a Crankie, "The Full Moon Shadow Dance." Sandglass co-founders Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass will present "Mud," an excerpt from "All Weather Ballads," a piece celebrating Vermont's rural culture and country life. Chris Yerlig will add a combination of silent comedy, mime and magic illusions. Finn and Tula Campman have developed a piece based on the W.B. Yeats play, "At the Hawk's Well," in which an old man resides by an old well said to contain the waters of immortality. He and his raptor guard the well, tell its story, and so explore the complexity of waiting and everlasting life.

Faye Dupra, who delighted audiences during Sandglass' Winter Sunshine series, will be offering a piece from her newest work "I Spy a Butterfly." Sandglass daughter's Jana and Shoshana will both make creative contributions. Jana bringing Zak and Desi Grace to the Stage, and Shoshana collaborating with Nettie Lane and musician Reiley Goodamote.

Furthermore, audiences can fill out the weekend of festivities by attending the Putney Food Co-op's annual Lantern Supper on Sept. 9, celebrating the Co-op's 75th anniversary and benefiting Sandglass Theater. The event will feature puppets, kite dancing, the Yellow Barn Music Haul and an amazing birthday cake. The dinner will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the Putney Central School ballfield.

Enjoy a weekend of celebration of artistry, community and history. "Puppets in Paradise" runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; last performance begins at 3:45. Please allow at least two hours to experience the garden and perfomances. $10 a ticket; $32 for a family of four with $6 for each additional family member. Tickets available at the door. For more information, visit sandglasstheater.org/presenting/puppets-in-paradise or call 802-387-4051.


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