11:00 AM Family performance of "The Emperor's New Clothes" by Lionheart Puppets
at The Community School of the Arts, 3 Witryol Place, Storrs Mansfield, CT Guild Meeting follows the performance as well as a break for lunch
2:00 PM MFA performance "Meet the Samsas"
at CRT Studio Theatre in the Drama/Music building, corner of Route 195 and Bolton Rd., unit 1127. Call The Jorgensen Box Office at: 860 486-1629 for info/860 486-4226 for tickets. A Puppet Arts Production for adults, this original adaptation by Mary Gragen Rogers & S.B. Parks is based on Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, and promises to deliver the usual inventiveness and creativity for which the students of the Puppetry Arts program are known. This is a rare chance to experience a literary milestone in a completely new and theatrically unique way. A special backstage viewing is extended to CT Puppetry Guild members only.
4:00PM Taking the Mystery out of Marionettes Puppet Lab in the Puppet Arts Building, UConn Storrs Campus. (Take Weaver Rd. south off of Rt. 44 and follow signs to Puppet Arts Complex.) Fee: (none) A lecture/demonstration by Fred Thompson on the head & shoulder marionette On the final day of the last Puppetry Conference at The O’Neill Theatre, a few CP Guild members were dazzled by an extemporaneous demo of Fred Thompson’s head and shoulder marionettes. Fred introduced us to several of his beautifully crafted and elegantly moving characters and then fielded question after question like the pro he is. On the spot, we asked him to be our feature this year for our Day of Puppetry, and we are delighted that he accepted.
During his extensive career in theatre as performer, craftsman and technical director, Fred also came up the puppet ranks with the best – the Roses, Roser, Syrotiak, Bixby, Brown & Stevens – he studied, toured or performed with ‘em all, and has been on the staff of the Puppetry Conference as resident craftsman since 1996. In his spare time he is the Editor of the P of A PLAYBOARD and head of P of A Membership Services. We look forward to a future production of his featuring many of the characters you will meet on our Day of Puppetry.