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The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre hosted a virtual open house presented with Open House New York and it’s first ever digital Puppet Slam, “Puppet Time”. The virtual open house offers an in-depth look into the history of the theatre and its puppeteers.
Part I: A History of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre facilitated by Swedish American puppeteer Cinna Vesterberg
From its origin in Sweden, through its journey to Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park’s Centennial Exhibition in 1876, to its final, current destination in Central Park, Cinna will explore this schoolhouse-turned-marionette-theatre’s intriguing history and place as an Historic House Landmark.
Part II: Behind the Scenes with Swedish Cottage Marionette Puppeteers facilitated by Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Artistic Director Bruce Cannon
The Swedish Cottage puppeteers’ history began 63 years after the Swedish Schoolhouse debuted at the Historic 1876 Centennial Exhibition. Bruce Cannon will take us through the history of the puppeteers and their fascinating journey as a puppet troupe into the 21st century.
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre presents Puppet Time
With support from the Puppet Slam Network, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, housed in the historic theatre in Central Park, presented it’s first digital Puppet Slam, “Puppet Time,” originally planned to be performed live during Open House NY weekend, brought to you virtually from various sites in Central Park. The hour-long “Puppet Time” features familiar and never-before-seen marionette performances that demonstrate the collective and individual talents of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre puppeteers, past and present.
“Puppet Time” is funded in part by the Puppet Slam Network (a project of IBEX Puppetry).
“Puppet Time” Performances:
“Fine Day” from Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Pippi (2007, 2013)
“Bestest Clothes” from Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Princess, Emperor and the Duck (2003, 2006, 2017)
“EGGriginated” by Ronny Wasserstrom, Playdate Puppets
“Funny Bunny: Bulletin from the Burrow” by Honey Goodenough, Good Hearted Entertainment
“Balloon Clown Cat,” by Arlee Chadwick
“Dancing with My Shadow” and ”Flying” from Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Peter Pan (2009)
“STYX” by Kervin Peralta
“Jokes with Josue” by Emmanuel Elpenord
“Vaccine” by Kevin White
“Simulacrum” by Charlie Delrisco
“What is the Role of a Chairperson” by Liz Oakley and Ali Goss
“Looking for a Princess” from Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Princess, Emperor and the Duck (2003, 2006, 2017)
“Seneca Rap” from Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure (2016, 2017)
“Jerusalema”Marionette and dance Medley, by Bruce Cannon, Bruce Cannon’s Puppetry Productions
“How You Gonna Come Back Tomorrow” from Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Pippi (2007, 2013)
Download our fun activity book for kids to follow along as you watch The Princess, The Emperor and The Duck!
Perfect for educators, parents and kids (Grades: Pre-K – 3), enjoy different activities you can do at home while learning more about the Swedish Cottage, the art of marionette puppetry and the story.
Follow our easy tutorial, using simple materials found around the house. In just a few easy steps, you’ll be able to make your own unicorn puppet, based on our new show, Wake Up, Daisy!. We’d love to see your creations! Post your puppet using #cpfanywhere and tag @cpfnyc.
Click to download our custom coloring pages from our past shows at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre! Print them out or save them to open up on a digital application. Share your creations with us! Email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or share via social and tag us @cpfnyc and #CPFanywhere
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