Sandglass kicks off new season of puppet shows

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PUTNEY — Sandglass Theater's Winter Sunshine series kicks off the 12th season of puppet shows with "The Fairy Tailor" by Sarah Nolan on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Sandglass Theater, followed by a workshop at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Putney General Store.

Magical beings are known for their great sense of fashion. But who stitches together all of their stories? Meet the Fairy Tailor, hard at work in her enchanted shop. Watch as everyday garments become extraordinary characters, and share stories of bravery, from "Little Red Riding Hood(ie)," to "The Emperor's New Clothes." With the audience's help, the Fairy Tailor summons the courage to take a stand against a giant, crafting a solution that combines cleverness with creativity. This colorful, interactive production is inspiring to audiences of all ages.

Nolen is a puppeteer and filmmaker originally from Austin, Texas. As Puppet Showplace Theater's resident artist, she performs regularly for youth and family audiences and teaches puppetry in Boston. Known nationally for her versatile, witty, and innovative work across multiple puppetry styles, she has appeared in the National Puppet Slam, at Sandglass' own Puppets in Paradise, and the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival. Nolen has toured internationally as part of the ensemble for Reverse Cascade, and has performed as principal puppeteer for the immersive multi-media show Pip's Island in NYC. In Boston, she has worked closely with the Boston Pops Orchestra. In 2015, she received the Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship in support of her television pilot Treeples, a show geared towards empowering girls, which screened at film festivals across the U.S.

Saturday's shows are for ages 4 and up. Tickets are $9 each. Reservations highly recommended: info@sandglasstheater.org or 802 387 4051.

On Sunday at the Putney General Store, families can make their own Pizza Box Shadow Show in a special community workshop with Nolen. Sometimes pizza boxes can't go in the recycling, so what do you do? Turn it into a puppet show, of course! In this workshop, Nolen guides participants through the simple steps to turn an empty pizza box into a shadow puppet stage, and how to tell stories with shadow puppets. The workshop fee is $10. To sign up contact info@sandglasstheater.org or call 802 387 4051.

Nolen's visit to Putney Vermont is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation.

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