Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Puppet People to Perform The Firebird in Long Lake

 woods2There is something so hypnotic about watching a puppet show. The simplicity and artistry combined, as an avenue for storytelling, is timeless. The variety of puppets seem to be endless from shadow or hand to a more complex marionette. I enjoy how the stage designs spark the imagination where a scrap of fabric becomes a dress, body of water or backdrop. It is all about where your mind can take you. Around our house a simple sock with some buttons sewn on provided hours of entertainment when my children were young. Now, of course, more complex puppets are in the works.

For the second time Long Lake Public Library is bringing the talents of Schenectady’s The Puppet People to the area. This year’s March 15th performance of The Firebird is free and open to the public, though registration is requested.

The Firebird is based on the classic Russian fairytale of the same name. The performance focuses on the story’s elements of friendship, teamwork, responsibility and courage. The Puppet People incorporates different types of puppets into each show. The Firebird will use rod puppets, marionettes and body puppets.

According to Long Lake Public Library Program Coordinator Christine LaRocque the library has grown to be more program oriented. Libraries are for reading and much more. She wants to help demonstrate through these performances that libraries are for everyone.

“In a rural mountain community we want everyone to know that the library is fun and accessible,” says LaRocque. “In the summer we will also have The Seagle Colony performing an opera based on the story of Hansel and Gretel. Both these performances are based on folk tales. Through them we are able to open a door to the arts through literature.”

My family has already registered for the event. We are looking forward to the 10:00 am performance and participating in the free rod-puppet workshop. I can’t say what puppets my children will create, but knowing my kids the script will be written on the ride home with a performance to follow. Perhaps a few button-eyed socks will make a cameo, for old times’ sake. To register, please call the Long Lake Public Library at 518-624-3825.

photo of The Firebird used with the permission of The Puppet People

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.




One Response

  1. Christine LaRocque says:

    Thanks for the great article, Diane, it was a pleasure to have you & your creative children attend!

  2. Betsy Comeau says:

    This was a wonderful article! The show was stunning and enjoyable for all!

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