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Anonymous Nonsense is Theater for All Ages at Chapel Gallery in Bellows Falls

On Saturday, Dec. 12 at 2 & 4 p.m., Stone Church Arts and the Bluebird Theater will present the marionette show "Anonymous Nonsense" in the Chapel Gallery at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls.

This special theater event is for all ages and based on anonymous nonsense poetry put to music by Donald Saaf and performed by the Zanes/Saaf family.

The Bluebird Theater began by working out of the home of Donald Saaf and Julia Zanes and their children Isak and Ole. However, they have more recently taken the Bluebird Theater on the road to local venues and participated in various fundraisers. With the help of their Friends Finn Campman and Helen Schmidt and their children Maeve and Tula, their work with marionettes is becoming well known in the local region. The music for all of their shows has been provided by The Little Hope String Band, which features Matt Scharff on the Bass, as well as Donald and Finn.

Donald and Julia created the theater, puppets and (mostly) original score. Donald Saaf lives in Saxton's River and works as an artist, children's book illustrator, musician, and sometimes teacher. He has shown his work widely throughout New England. His wife Julia is also an artist who has shown throughout New England, as well as in Canada, New Orleans, and Chicago. She teaches community classes regularly to adults and children through the Great River Arts Institute in Bellows Falls, Vermont. They currently have an art exhibit on display in the Chapel Gallery featuring work depicting imaginary gardens and village life.

Finn Campman has a background with Sandglass Theater and works as a teacher and puppeteer, his wife Helen is an artist and art teacher. They are all proud to have the help of their children in this production.

All of the Stone Church Arts events are held at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls, Vermont. Admission is $5 for all ages in advance years of age and $7 at the door.

Tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers (Bellows Falls), Toadstool Bookshop (Keene, NH), Brattleboro Books, Misty Valley Books (Chester), and at www.brattleborotix.com or available at the door.

For more information or directions, visit www.immanuelepiscopal.org or call 463-3100. Stone Church Arts is the arts program of Immanuel Episcopal Church.

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