Meridian Star

Local News

February 15, 2013

Renowned puppeteers to perform locally

MERIDIAN —     West Lauderdale Elementary School presents Puppet Arts Theatre production of The Carnival of the Animals.        Made possible in part by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, two performances will be presented at the school on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 12 p.m. and 1:30 PM.  For more information call the school at (601) 737-2279.

    Carnival of the Animals is, in the words of the French composer, Camille Saint-Saens, a grand zoological fantasy for orchestra.  Puppet Arts Theatre, inspired by this famous musical score, set the show in a circus. It is a hilarious romp through animal, clown and other creature acts. Chickens on a seesaw, an elephant, and tortoise and the hare recreate their famous race.  

    Rabbits on a trampoline and a 6-foot-tall bird are featured in this show designed to entertain. Children from the audience join the professional cast on stage and perform with the puppets made by the company.    

    Puppet Arts Theatre is a professional touring company under the direction of Peter Zapletal, an award-winning puppetry producer. His television specials, produced for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, have been seen nationwide on PBS.  Mr. Zapletal received a Master of Arts degree in puppetry from the Academy for Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic.  

    He will be joined on stage by Erica Flannes and Lesley Raybon.  Jarmila Zapletal, a professional puppet maker and designer, shared in the creation of the puppets and the sets for the production.

    Puppet Arts Theatre is devoted to bringing exciting and memorable performances to its audiences.  Since 1968 this theater has thrilled children of all ages from Boston to Tampa, Fla. and throughout the Southeast with magical and exciting theatrical experiences.  Puppet Arts Theatre is on the Performing Arts Touring Program of the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Text Only
Local News
Helium debate
Twitter Updates
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide