The Puppet Show – 11am and 1:30pm

Meet the Fairy Tailor, hard at work in her enchanted shop, where dressing racks and laundry baskets are known to have a mind of their own. Watch as she transforms everyday garments into extraordinary characters, and shares stories of bravery, from “Little Red Riding Hood(ie),” to “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” With the audience’s help, the Fairy Tailor summons the courage to take a stand against a giant, crafting a solution that combines cleverness with creativity. This colorful, interactive production is guaranteed to inspire audiences of all ages.

Sarah  Nolen  is  a  puppeteer  and  filmmaker  originally  from  Austin,  Texas.  As  Puppet  Showplace  Theater’s  resident  artist,  she  performs  regularly  for  youth  and  family  audiences  and  teaches  puppetry  in  camps,  school  residencies,  and  evening  adult  classes.  The  Fairy  Tailor, her  newest  stage production,  debuted  in  February  2018.  She  is  also currently  developing  an  outdoor  hand puppet production entitled Judy  Punches  Back, set to  debut  in  September  2018  as  part  of  Somerville  Arts  Council’s  Puppet  Palooza.  Sarah  earned  her  BFA  in  film  from  Southern  Methodist  University,  and  an  MFA  in  Puppet  Arts  from  the  University  of  Connecticut. Known nationally for her versatile, witty, and innovative work across multiple puppetry styles, she has appeared in the National Puppet Slam, at the Puppets in Paradise Festival, and the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival. Sarah has toured internationally as part of the ensemble for Reverse Cascade, and has performed as principal puppeteer for the immersive multi-media show Pip’s Island in NYC. In Boston, she has worked closely with the Boston Pops Orchestra, performing as a puppeteer/narrator of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and again as a designer/builder of the Arthur Fiedler puppet for “Puppets Take the Pops.” In addition to her work in puppetry, Sarah is an experienced filmmaker with credits that range from reality shows and commercial broadcast TV to Indie features and web ads. In 2015, she received the Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship in support of her television pilot Treeples, a show geared towards empowering girls, which screened at film festivals across the U.S.

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