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Puppet People coming to Westport

WESTPORT The Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks is please to present a fantastic program for young and old alike at Ballard Parks performance pavilion along Lake Champlain in Westport on Thursday, July 12 at 7 p.m.
The Puppet People will perform The Last Dragon. This spectacular performance is a perfect evening for families and friends to come out and share.
The Puppet People are members of the Puppeteers of America. The founders of the Puppet People are husband and wife team Mark Carrigan and Michelle Smith-Carrigan, both of whom have been entertaining people for over 20 years. They have performed at many schools, theaters, festivals, libraries, museums, community centers and churches throughout New York State, Massachusetts and Vermont. They have worked contractually with Capital Repertory Theatre; WXXA-FOX/ Channel 23; The Egg; Steamer 10 theatre; Actors Collaborative, Inc.; Arts in Education (Capital Region Center-Lincoln Center Institute).
The Puppet People hand-craft all their own puppets, scenery and scripts. All of their shows incorporate many different styles of puppetry. Each show is unique and distinct unto itself. They toured nationally with the Bennington Marionettes with whom they performed at Lincoln Center. The Puppet People are currently in production of their own television show.
They will present The Last Dragon, a special story that will take you on a magical journey through mystery and intrigue. Are all princesses helpless? Are all knights brave and strong? Are all dragons evil? Find out in this whimsical retelling of the fairy tale by E. Nesbitt. Explore the issues of stereotypes, discrimination, self-esteem, greed, and friendship with this vivid puppet production. This show features classical music, large rod puppets, mouth puppets, a 7-ft dragon and a life-size knight on horseback for a jousting scene your audience will never forget!
Mark your calendar for Ballard Park and join us for an evening of laughter and thrills. Plan on bringing your family and friends, blankets and chairs and enjoy this performance for young and old alike. Rain location is the Heritage House across from Ballard Park in Westport.
This event is made possible in part with funding from New York State council on the Arts NYSCA, along with community support from Anne Turek and the Childrens Committee of Westport For more information contact the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks at 962-8778 or www.artsnorth.org .

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