The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake makes part of its mission to bring arts to the public. Through their traveling Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival, The Arts Center will bring romantic comedy, the annual free Shakespearean production, and a musical to select Central Adirondack communities.
According to Executive Director Christine Pouch providing art around the Adirondacks is just part of their summer scheduling. At the Blue Mountain Lake Art Center, the summer is packed with craft workshops, live music, and even a fun puppet show with a kid-friendly and adult-friendly version.
“The unique part of the puppet schedule is that families can attend a workshop directly after the children’s puppet show,” says Pouch. “The children and adults will be learning directly from the puppeteers about the history of puppets. Participants will also make their own puppet to bring with them and expand their creativity at home.”
The Guild of Thespian Puppets, based in Utica, builds their own puppets. Pouch explains that the July 19 performance of Folktales from Around the World features such places as China, Turkey, Nepal, Siberia, and Europe. The 1 pm show is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $15/art center members, $20/general admission, and $10/children (17-under), while the puppet building workshop is $5 for art center members and $10 for general admission.
To make sure that the Art Center programming offers something for everyone, Pouch also booked The Guild of Thespian Puppets to perform an grown-ups only puppet show, Bearskin. The evening performance is based on an obscure Grimm fairytale where a man makes a deal with the devil in the hopes of obtaining unlimited wealth.
“I’ve never heard of an adult-only puppet show and it sounded unique,” says Pouch. “Parents would have to make their own decision for bringing older teens because it is labeled for adults. The puppets are described as ‘colorful and cheeky.’ I’m excited to see it myself.”
The Guild of Thespian Puppets will be at The Art Center for one day only, July 19, for three performances: 1 pm family show, 2 pm puppet-building workshop, and a 7:30 pm adult-only puppet performance. For more information and scheduling of the Adirondack Summer Theatre Festival, check out the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.