Peter Pan flies into the Center for Puppetry Arts, September 25-October 28

The Center’s adaptation of the famous tale takes families on a vibrant journey to Neverland
ATLANTA (August 22, 2018) – The Center for Puppetry Arts invites families to take off on an adventure to the island of Neverland when the beloved fairy tale Peter Pan hits the stage, September 25 – October 28. Guests can join the Darling children on a number of adventures, including an encounter with mermaids, mischievous antics with the Lost Boys and a run in with Captain Hook and the crocodile. Performed in blacklight, the family-favorite show features vibrant sets, flying puppets and original music to bring the magic of the beloved fantasy story to life on stage.
The Center’s production of Peter Pan is based on the classic book by J.M. Barrie and was adapted for the puppet stage by Michael Haverty. Tim Sweeney directs the production, and local, Atlanta musician Jeffrey Bützer composed the music. Puppeteers Dolph Amick, Qate Bean, Hannah Chiclana, Luis Hernandez and Kristin Storla operate the various types of puppets, including blacklight, rod and shadow puppetry styles.
The Center for Puppetry Arts is continuing its dedication to programming for patrons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) on Sunday, October 7 with sensory-friendly modifications to the 1 p.m. performance as well as in the Museum from noon-1 p.m. and in the Create-A-Puppet Workshops™ from 1:45-2:30 p.m. The Center will also provide a quiet room, social stories, noise-reducing headphones and fidget toys for guests wishing to use those resources. For details, visit puppet.org/asd.
On Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, Girl Scouts are invited to participate in a series of activities to earn all four STEM patches in one day. Scouts will explore the science connections in the show; technology behind puppet performances; engineering used to design some of the puppets in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum exhibits; and the math utilized to build a puppet in a customized Create-A-Puppet Workshop™. Activities will take place from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, and noon-3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Peter Pan will be presented in the Mainstage Theater, September 25 – October 28. Reduced-price previews take place Tuesday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 26 at 10 a.m. and noon. The regular show schedule is as follows:
Wednesday – Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
All-inclusive ticket prices vary but start at $9.75 (Members) and $19.50 (nonmembers) and include entrance to the Create-A Puppet Workshop™, where guests can make, decorate and perform with their own Cranky Crocodile Ultraviolet Puppet, as well as admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, featuring the largest collection of Jim Henson puppets in the world as well as a global gallery. Tickets can be purchased online at puppet.org or by calling 404.873.3391.


LATIN GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER

MISTER G

COMES HOME TO HIS MUSICAL ROOTS WITH FIREFLIES

Special Guests Charmaine Neville, Lucy Kalantari & Ruth Unger

“Irresistible … pairs bluegrass and more with clever wordplay.”
– People magazine

“Original tunes full of kid-friendly lyrics, singable melodies, tight harmonies, and just-right arrangements.”
– School Library Journal

NORTHAMPTON, MA — Latin GRAMMY Award winner and four-time Parents’ Choice® Gold Award recipient Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) calls upon his musical roots to celebrate children’s wonder for the natural world with the release of his ninth album for families, Fireflies, on September 28, 2018.

Fireflies marks a return to Mister G’s beginnings as a songwriter and musician. Quintessentially American, the album draws from a rich tapestry of roots influences including folk, bluegrass, soul and vintage country. The music reflects the freedom and excitement of exploring the outdoors in summer, celebrating such iconic pleasures as eating s’mores by the campfire, 4th of July fireworks, paddling a canoe, and family cookouts. Mister G’s original songs also encourage children to see themselves as budding eco-activists who are connected to all beings on the planet.

Co-produced, recorded, and mixed with Grammy-winner Dean Jones, Fireflies recalls a simpler, more optimistic era when children spent hours of unstructured time playing outdoors. Recorded with a small group of friends and collaborators, the album is a testament to the organic beauty of hand-played instruments, including fiddle, pedal steel, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, and acoustic guitar. One would be hard pressed to say whether this masterful collection of exquisitely rendered songs will be cherished more by kids or their parents.

Much of the album was written and recorded in Mister G’s studio in western Massachusetts, including a memorable session with Charmaine Neville. Neville’s gospel-infused vocals on the songs “Sweet Summertime” and “S’mores” provide a link to her hometown of New Orleans and her direct lineage to The Neville Brothers. Award-winning children’s musician Lucy Kalantari contributes lovely harmonies to “Fireflies,” “Me and You,” and “Moonbeams,” while acclaimed Americana performer Ruth Ungar unleashes her fiddling prowess on “Together as One” and “Big Old World.”

A superstar in the children’s music world, known for his eclectic musical tastes spanning genres from bluegrass to bossa nova, Mister G’s dynamic, original music has won praise from The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, People magazine, New York Post, Parents magazine, and more.

Drawing on his previous career as an adult musician as well as his background as a teacher with a Master of Education degree, Mister G’s songs are immediately engaging for children, instructors, and parents while seamlessly melding lessons in ecology, creativity, literacy, and multiculturalism.

Mister G has released one album a year since entering the children’s music field in 2010; Fireflies is his ninth album. His previous releases include Pizza for Breakfast (2010), Bugs (2011; Parents magazine and People magazine top children’s album), Chocolalala (2012; Parents’ Choice Gold Award), ABC Fiesta (2013; Latin GRAMMY nominee, Parents’ Choice Silver Award), The Bossy E (2014; with GRAMMY winner Charles Neville), The Mitzvah Bus (2015; Parents’ Choice Gold Award, PJ Library selection), Los Animales (2015; Latin GRAMMY Award, Parents’ Choice Gold Award), and Mundo Verde/Green World (2017; Parents’ Choice Gold Award).

Mister G tours internationally, headlining such major venus as Lollapalooza (Chicago), SummerStage in Central Park (NYC), Hard Rock Café (Philadelphia), Wolf Trap (Washington, DC), Austin City Limits, the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), and JazzFest (New Orleans). He recently performed on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for a major national environmental rally and began the year with shows in India and Mexico. Some selected dates from his fall tour include concerts at the Pilgrimage Festival in Tennessee; the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, MA; Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA; and Lincoln Center in NYC.

Moving from the stage and recording studio to the printed page, Mister G recently signed a multi-book deal with Penguin Random House to transform several of his songs into children’s picture books. The first of these, Señorita Mariposa, illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero, will be published in early 2019.


TUNEFUL WISDOM FOR HUMANS OF ALL AGES

WE ARE ONE

from

ANIMAL FARM

HAS WON A 2018 NAPPA AWARD

“Animal Farm has assembled a marvelous menagerie of songs about animals — which probably isn’t a surprise considering the band’s name. These songs, however, aren’t your typical little ditties about lions, tigers, and snakes. There are imaginative tunes about an awesome possum and a two-headed tortoise. ‘Snow Bird’ actually is about a penguin who longs to fly, while ‘Nocturnal Me’ concerns a bat with a fear of the dark. The, there’s the delightful ‘Ear Worm,’ a funny, hummable number about getting a song stuck in your head.” – 2018 NAPPA Award Review of We Are One

CHICAGO — Chicago-based family music band Animal Farm is proud to announce that their second album for kids and families, We Are One, has just won a prestigious 2018 NAPPA Award. We Are One is set for release on August 24, 2018.

The message of Animal Farm is all about bringing people together through — like Aesop’s Fables — the use of animal characters. Whether it’s something humorous like a baby bat who is afraid of the dark or something more serious like a monkey witnessing deforestation, these songs talk about our shared humanity.

Guided by famed producer Mike Hagler (Wilco, Neko Case), We Are One draws from a range of influences including rock, jazz, folk, Klezmer, Afro-pop, Latin, and Tin Pan Alley, to explore themes of social/emotional learning, self-expression, relationships, and community.

The songs are layered, both musically and lyrically, so that younger listeners can sing along to accessible melodies like the chorus of “Awesome Possum” or shout animal noises in “Cranky Pants,” while their older siblings can pick up on the complex ideas and sophisticated wordplay embedded in the material.

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