Mettawee performance set at historic site

— The Mettawee River Theatre Company will present their new production “Taliesin” on the lawn at the lakeshore of the Crown Point State Historic Site on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m.

Guests are invited to bring a lawn chair. Admission is free.

The story of Taliesin comes from a medieval Welsh tale in which the sorceress Ceridwen cooks up a potion to give her woebegone son Morfran the gift of inspiration and wisdom. By accident, the powerful elixir lands on the scruffy kid hired to stir the cauldron. He is immediately enlightened, and the sorceress is infuriated. A shape-shifting chase follows, and ultimately the kid is re-born as Taliesin – “radiant brow,” who uses his extraordinary gifts to challenge the stale conventions and treacherous intrigues at King Maelgwyn’s court. The production will incorporate an array of giant figures, puppets and masks in this celebration of transformation and imagination.

Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site will be on hand from 7:30 to 9:30 to sell $1 salty or sweet snacks, including popcorn and watermelon, and cold beverages. The historic site provides marshmallows and sticks and campfires for toasting.

Under the artistic direction of mask maker, designer and director Ralph Lee, the Mettawee River Theatre Company, founded in 1975, creates original theater productions that incorporate masks, giant figures, puppets and other visual elements with live music, movement and text, drawing on myths, legends and folklore of the world’s many cultures for its material. In his design and direction, Lee seeks to create vivid theatrical moments with economy and elegance.

For more information about the Mettawee River Theatre Company, visit the company’s web site at www.mettawee.org. For information about “Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site, Inc.,” visit www.FriendsOfCrownPoint.org.

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