Puppeteers Converge On VT For Festival

Thursday, 09/23/10 12:50pm

Susan Keese

(Host) The ancient art of using puppets to tell a story has never really gone out of style. But it’s blossomed in new and often powerful ways in the hands of contemporary artists.

Puppeteers of all stripes are in Southern Vermont this week for the seventh annual Puppets in the Green Mountain Festival.

VPR’s Susan Keese caught up with some of them at a matinee for school children in Brattleboro.

(Keese) One hundred or so school children sit mesmerized in a darkened Brattleboro theater as floppy-limbed cloth animals – held aloft by sticks – bring to life a tale from Rudyard Kipling’s “Just-So Stories.”

It’s one of dozens of shows and events happening this week in Brattleboro, Marlboro, Bellows Falls and Putney as part of the Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival.

The festival features puppeteers from several U.S. states and at least six different countries.

full article – http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/88848/

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